Category Archives: Culture

What Does God Need With a Starship?

Last week, Google made headlines with the announcement of a prototype driverless car right out of the pages of a science fiction novel. The wizards of Mountain View are so confident in their technology that the car doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals. Still, a majority of the American people do not share [...]

Divorce, Remarriage, and Moral Tragedy

In a recent post I offered a few critical remarks on some things that Cardinal Kaspar said in an interview with Commonweal.  Cardinal Kaspar favors some effort to reform the Church’s refusal to admit the divorced and remarried to communion, at least in some cases. One of my points was that I think the cardinal [...]

Cardinal Kaspar on Marriage, Divorce, and Communion

Cardinal Kaspar is a famous churchman who seems to favor some revision of the way the Church handles the question of divorce, remarriage, and admission to holy communion.  He discusses this, and some other things, in this interview with Commonweal. The cardinal makes some good points about mercy, and about the problems facing the Church [...]

How New Media Are Destroying Our Lives

Plato worried that the new media called “writing” would ruin our memories – and he was right. “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of [...]

11 Books That Pope Francis Likes to Read at The Beach

Okay, Pope Francis probably won’t find time to get to the beach this summer.  But maybe you will, and now you have something to read while you sit in the sun. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera recently published an 11-volume set of Pope Francis’ favorite books.  Dubbed “The Library of Pope Francis,” the collection [...]

Rubio: “The science is settled…life begins at conception.”

Two weeks ago, the Senator Marco Rubio told ABC’s “This Week” that he believe that climate is changing–it’s always changing–but he’s skeptical of both the certitude of some scientists about the causes and scope of that change as well as many of the more radical policies proposed to address climate change. Predictably, the Left rushed to [...]

Colbert, O’Brien, Kimmel, Fallon, Daly, Gutfeld, Wilmore — Catholics Rule the Night

Catholics who think their values are underrepresented in the media are probably right, but that’s not for a lack of baptized Catholics in front of the cameras — at least in latenight TV. Recently, Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert was named as host of CBS’ “Late Show,” replacing David Letterman, who announced his retirement. Since, [...]

Sympathy for the Devil

Justice Scalia was right. Satan is very much present in the world. As the august jurist said to New York Magazine back in October, “What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.” On Monday of this week, a strange-bedfellows (although perhaps not [...]

Is Donald Sterling Getting (Legal) Justice?

Is Donald Sterling getting legal justice?  Maybe not, according to conservative lawyer A.J. Delgado. At National Review Online, Delgado contends that the penalties imposed on Sterling may not actually be justified under the NBA’s constitution and by-laws.  This is not necessarily to say that Sterling did nothing wrong for which the NBA could punish him. [...]


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