Does science favor theism or atheism? and 7 other questions about religion and science...
Slanders about Galileo aside, the Catholic Church has always supported science. Likewise, the support of science in classical Muslim cultures is one reason that ancient knowledge survived to our present time. The scholarship of Judaism has also been supportive of studying the natural world, as evidenced by the notable number of Jewish scientists throughout the history of science...
In praise of Archbishop José Gómez’s anti-racism...
Responding to the murder of 22 Mexican immigrants in El Paso, Texas, in 2019, Archbishop José Gómez, who was born in Mexico, reflected on his very personal connection to the victims. Defending immigrants is at the very heart of who Gómez is. In 2013, while serving as chairman of the USCCB’s committee on migration, Gomez wrote...
Bishops, demonstrators, and would-be saints: The news from Baltimore...
Greetings from Baltimore, for today’s USCCB edition of The Tuesday Pillar Post. We are here in Charm City because the U.S. bishops’ conference has begun its first in-person general assembly since November 2019. Consider this kind of a special edition. Below, I’ll walk through the agenda, as a guide to what the bishops will be up to over the next few days.
Nicholas V, the first Renaissance pope, was born 624 years ago...
Today in Papal History marks the 624th anniversary of the birth of Pope Nicholas V, the man considered to be the first of the “Renaissance popes.” Born as Tommaso Parentucelli, his path to the papacy was a bit unusual, especially for that time. He wasn’t born to one of Rome’s rich or powerful families, but was rather the son of a country doctor who found himself tutoring their children – specifically the wealthy families in Florence.
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The term ‘crisis’ is bandied quite a bit—undoubtedly, often with good reason today. This is a time of crisis in multiple aspects of human life. Some crises are more remote in their causes and thus more difficult for the common man to address. I am not sure what to do, for instance, about the things stuck in the ports of our nation.
The meanest thing Jesus ever said...
The Gospel from this Wednesday’s Mass is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It has an ending so shocking that, when I read it at Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!” I’d like to look at it and ponder its shocking ending. Today’s parable is like Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents,” but with some significant differences...
Catholic progressives and the culture war...
Among those in the ultramundane pantheon of communist mega-monsters, Lev Davidovich Bronstein (better known by his Bolshevik nom de guerre, Leon Trotsky) is a more interesting human personality than Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili. Trotsky actually had ideas, however misshapen, and something vaguely resembling a conscience...
5 items to watch at the U.S. Bishops’ fall meeting...
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is meeting in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the bishops have many issues to discuss since their virtual June meeting where a debate erupted over the drafting of a document on the Eucharist that addressed worthiness to receive Communion.
After Hong Kong, will the Pope abandon Taiwan too?
The Holy See has been left as the only one, in Europe and North America, to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan, together with Paraguay, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Haiti, and eight small island states in the Caribbean and Pacific. But on October 21 an anonymous source from the Vatican secretariat of state told...
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Catholic history is a like a river fed by many currents, but one of the strongest and most perennial, undeniably and inextricably, is food. At the very heart of the sacramental system is a shared meal, and when we pray as Christ himself taught us, we ask for our daily bread. Over the centuries, it’s incalculable how many turning points in ecclesiastical history have come over meals, from deals struck during the sumptuous pontifical banquets of the renaissance...
Can we have Catholicism without dogma?
Rusty Reno’s recent book The Return of the Strong Gods catalogues the concerted effort after the second world war of philosophers, political thinkers, economists and theologians to exterminate dogma. They looked at the legacy of war, revolution and political chaos in Western culture over the last five hundred years, and concluded that the chaos was caused by people fighting over dogma—political ideologies and economic dogma, but most of all religious dogma.
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