Friday, August 31, 2018

New Post:"Ex Opere Operato --A Convert's Reflection on Church Scandals"

Hello all, and a happy and relaxed Labor Day Weekend to you.    A new post on THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC: "<i>Ex Opere Operato </i>--A Convert's Reflection on Church Scandals."  I explore what I should think  about the recent scandals, try to put them in the context of a Church which has survived sinners in high places, and take comfort in the doctrine, "ex opere operato," that even though a priest is a sinner, his consecration of the Eucharist is valid and effective.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

New Post: "How and Why We Believe: Faith, Probability and Decision Making"

Hello all.   A new post on CATHOLIC STAND: "How and Why We Believe;  Faith, Probability and Decision Making."
I talk about how faith works, give a simple example of probability as a guide to action, and then link probability with faith by discussing Pascal's Wager.

Friday, August 24, 2018

New Post: "Abortion Politics and the Shabbos Goy"

Hello all.   A new post on THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC: "Abortion Politics and the Shabbos Goy.
I make an analogy between a Shabbos Goy, a non-Jew who does things on the Sabbath that an Orthodox Jew is not permitted to do, and Catholic Politicians who say I don't believe in abortion, but it's ok for others to exercise a freedom of choice, who use Planned Parenthood to do what Catholic teaching forbids. Senator Bob Casey is a prime example of this.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New Post: "71 Accusations--How many are guilty?"

Hello all.  a new post on The American Catholic: "71 Accusations--How many are guilty?"  It's about Bishop Gainer's letter (Diocese of Harrisburg, PA) and the 71 male religious named as  childhood sex predators in Shapiro's Grand Jury investigation.  The actual numbers, on analysis, don't make that impressive a headline.

New Post: "What does it take to be human?
On the Genetic Modification of Animal and Human Embryos

Hello all:  a new post on Catholic Stand: "What does it take to be human--On the Genetic Modification of Human and Animal Embryos"