A Sane, Sensible Discussion of Laudato Si, the Pope’s Environmental Encycical.

Over at Ace of Spades. To summarize: The Pope is not infallible on matters of science. Anyone, even Catholics, are free to disagree with his assessment of scientific knowledge. The Holy Spirit does not assist with that. The Pope’s theology in this encyclical is solid. Ultimately, we cannot damage the earth without damaging ourselves, and… Read More A Sane, Sensible Discussion of Laudato Si, the Pope’s Environmental Encycical.

Pope Suggests Military Action Necessary Against ISIS

Deus Vult: Archbishop Tomasi also complained that a “certain indifference” to Christian suffering in Iraq existed in the international community. “It is difficult to convince—because of false modesty, I would say—the Western powers to take a strong stance in defense of the Christians,” Tomasi said. That’s the polite way of putting it.  

The Return of Meat Thursday

You know how it is. You bounce back from a day of fasting and abstinence, and then you’ve got another day of abstinence staring down at you. The natural response: So Happy Meat Thursday, everyone. Now if you’ll excuse me, this chicken cordon bleu is not going to ravenously stuff itself into my mouth.

Happy Meat Thursday!

If you are Catholic, and like me, you ended yesterday, shall we say, gastronomically unsatisfied. Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is a day both of abstinence and fasting. Abstinence means refraining from something, and Lenten Abstinence is the “no meat Fridays” rule that Catholics routinely remember to forget to remember. But fasting? That brings… Read More Happy Meat Thursday!

Retired Cardinal “Stripped of Duties”

He spent decades shielding priestly molestors. He deserves no less. A Church expert said the “very unusual” punishment showed how seriously the US Catholic hierarchy was taking the case. “To tell a cardinal he can’t do confirmations, can’t do things in public, that’s extraordinary,” said Jesuit scholar the Reverend Thomas Reese, a Georgetown University fellow,… Read More Retired Cardinal “Stripped of Duties”