Objective Certitude

When, indeed, one remembers that the most striking practical application to life of the doctrine of objective certitude has been the conscientious labors of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, one feels less tempted than ever to lend the doctrine a respectful ear. James, William (2011-03-23). The Will to Believe : and Other Essays in …

Dogmatic Science

The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false. ― Thomas Aquinas

Paying for the Pill

Marty Moss-Coane looks at all sides of the decision and how it is influencing the 2012 presidential campaign with SALLY STEENLAND of the Center for American Progress and author MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS, who writes for The National Catholic Reporter.

Prove It

Evidence is powerful in our society. We live in a postmodern world that nearly practically worships it. We exalt science, where material evidence is the sine qua non, as a major source of truth in our world. It is necessary, more or less, in our American legal justice system to convict a person of a crime. But evidence is not the equivalent of truth. It points to it the truth.

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Facts Are Stubborn Things

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are— or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect …

The Resurrection and the Life

I recently finished up re-reading the book The Resurrection: Myth or Reality? by Episcopalian bishop John Shelby Spong that totally consumed my “free” time over the last couple of weeks. Being that it’s Lent, I wanted to, as I got my ashes on Ash Wednesday, “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” …

Morass Authority

The crisis of episcopal governance in Philadelphia | National Catholic Reporter If they can’t get the clergy sex abuse mess right, after all their protestations that they had taken steps to deal with the problem, and all their claims that the Catholic Church was now ahead of the curve on the issue, that our policies …

The Truth is Impossible to Hide

Smooth jazz is really my Dad’s thing so I’m generally not all that turned on by modern praise and worship music.  But the words…Lord, God Almighty.

An Invitation This Christmas

Dear Friend, Merry Christmas! You are receiving this letter because of the sermon I heard preached this past weekend at Mass at St. Raymond Church.  Our Pastor, Father Chris Walsh, preached on Matthew 3: 1-12, a part of the Gospel that is about the role of John the Baptist.  As you know, John was Jesus’ …