Archive for General Interest

“The Bubble” and the Escriva Option

As a Junto, we’ve talked about and around the issue of to what extent we should circle the wagons and protect our beautiful Catholic bubble in the face of a hostile culture, versus answer the call to live, suffer, and possibly die as missionaries, bringing the Gospel to that culture. This past week, author and scholar Brad Birzer shared this thought-provoking article from Crisis Magazine, contrasting what’s been called the “Benedict Option” with  the vision St. Josemaria Escriva. Though my interest in the good saint has not diminished since I began to learn about him a few years back, the article has rekindled

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A Review of ‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels’ by Alex Epstein

“There exists a certain reciprocity: as we care for creation, we realize that God, through creation, cares for us. On the other hand, a correct understanding of the relationship between man and the environment will not end by absolutizing nature or by considering it more important than the human person. If the Church’s magisterium expresses grave misgivings about notions of the environment inspired by ecocentrism and biocentrism, it is because such notions eliminate the difference of identity and worth between the human person and other living things. In the name of a supposedly egalitarian vision of the “dignity” of all

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“Summoning The Demon”

Artificial intelligence is a very hot topic.  Books, movies, major search engines …  it seems to be everywhere.  Artificial Intelligence, or AI, can be divided in to weak AI and strong AI. Weak AI is employed to make systems more “intelligent” by making them more efficient at processing information.  Its focus is narrow, and application broad. Most, if not all, of the attention in popular culture is directed at strong AI.  And while weak AI is common, strong AI is non-existent.  Strong AI would require a processor to be as intelligent as a human, and may bring with it a form of consciousness.  It’s

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Kill the Wabbits: The Case for ‘Fecundophobia’

I’m on vacation, but I’ve found an article to share that more than makes up for anything I could have written and didn’t. It’s from The Federalist website: a post called “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women,” and it makes a pretty compelling (if unscientific at this point) case that the media, the government, and the culture have moved beyond pro-Choice to pro-Sterility. It even manages to be humorous at times — well worth the read, even if only as a reminder of where we’re headed and why it matters. Not that Scripture matters to these folks,

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The Novena Begins Tomorrow

The summer of 2015 may well be remembered as the time our culture took a nose dive into darkness. June brought us the news of the cosmetic transformation of the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn. This was quickly followed by news of the Supreme Court’s legalization of homosexual marriage. Then in July we had the gruesome undercover footage showing a Senior Director of Planned Parenthood describing how it is despicably selling body parts of aborted children, some obtained by using the horrific practice of partial birth abortion to harvest certain body parts intact. With such an

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Women and Beer: A Pro-Choice Post

Despite my apparent inability to pour a beer without spilling at our last meeting, I do love a good brew and enjoy trying new beers as often as I can find and afford them. As a family man, however, I have avoided certain beers based on the content of their labels. The brewing industry has long used sex to sell its product; I generally steer clear of the more risque, tasteless, or immoral labels. I simply don’t want these labels in the house, and given the volume of new beers being produced, I’m never at a loss to find something else to

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“We’re Living in a Changing World”

A few days ago, Fr. Jonathan Morris was invited onto the Fox News television show, Fox & friends to discuss the possibility for people (county clerks in this case) to find protection as conscientious objectors when being required to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Sigh …  I’ve hear this line of reasoning applied to many difficult topics.  The question of whether or not courts would accept conscientious objectors to gay marriage is a question worthy of discussion  Yet what troubled me, was Father’s apparent questioning of whether it was even necessary to object.  While his line of reasoning on this topic and the

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The Dignity of the Office

In keeping with our theme of dignity: one of the things that bothered me most in the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding marriage was the image of the White House adorned in rainbow colors in celebration of a decision that will, like Roe V. Wade, deeply divide our country. (See the image below, and the social media icon above…for what it’s worth, our president  apparently felt this was “pretty cool.”) This is a bit of a cop-out post — but since we’re celebrating Independence Day with family and since, in a brief article entitled “Rainbow White House,” First

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Endowed by Their Creator

In yesterday’s post Artemus shared a men’s group discussion regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, of the inevitable clash between those who follow the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and those believing in objective moral truth. This came close to home yesterday when, during a phone call, my wife had a debate, at times heated, with her sister. At the heart of this exchange was the meaning of the word “dignity.” The uproar in media was about this word as well. After all of the celebrations, parades & euphoria subsided the media set its sights on Clarence Thomas and

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Good, Old Friends and a Bit of Ecumenism

Last weekend I had a chance to finally re-connect with my closest two friends from high school, one of whom I hadn’t seen in 13 years and the other eight years.  We’ve talked many times about meeting up somewhere but plans always seemed to fall through, I suspect mainly from simple neglect of these relationships.  One of them owns a lake house in northern Michigan, halfway between the other two of us, and therefore that became our rally point.  The weekend couldn’t have gone better. Yes, we did a lot of reminiscing and fell into our old banter that had

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