On the story of Bartimaeus

Posted by - December 9, 2018

Not long ago I had an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic. I need to have some surgery done next year and my wife and I were visiting with the surgeon. It was the first time I have ever been to the Cleveland Clinic and I was lost.  That place is massive! It took us a

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On theodicy and typhoons Part 2

Posted by - December 1, 2018

In 1994 Tom Hanks starred in the movie, “Forest Gump”.  This film became a classic and is still enjoyed and talked about by many people. In the movie, Forest is not the smartest person around but he had a good heart and a way of distilling the most complex ideas and related situations into relatively

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On theodicy and typhoons Part 1

Posted by - November 24, 2018

Life was really great for Job.  He had loyal friends, land, livestock, servants, good health, a wife whom he loved, plenty of children and every benefit that money could buy. His life was an endless celebration. He considered himself one of the most blessed persons he knew. Then one day his world got turned upside-down. A

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On the legalization of marijuana (Part 1)

Posted by - October 27, 2018

(The following is an ATW dealing with the issue of legalization of marijuana. I didn’t take any specific position on the topic but rather presented the steps for moral decision making. Though I did point out at the end that both Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis have been opposed to the legalization of

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On virtue in public office (Part 2)

Posted by - October 21, 2018

Principles matter. Our decisions have consequences, whether on the individual or communal level. When we come to a fork in the road our decision to go either right or left takes us down very different paths. During spring of my senior year of college I took the written test for Navy flight school. Like McCain,

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On virtue in public office (Part 1)

Posted by - October 13, 2018

As of this writing it is early September 2018. The burial of Senator John S. McCain occurred just a few days ago, after a week or so of memorial services honoring his memory. Over the years I have seen few world leaders receive such accolades and public honors as did Senator McCain. While the man

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Pope Francis and the Capital Punishment (Part 2)

Posted by - September 22, 2018

The Church’s emphasis on the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, also calls into question the use of capital punishment. What the pope did was to acknowledge that the conditions which may have justified capital punishment in the past are no longer present in much of contemporary society. This wasn’t some innovation

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Pope Francis and the Capital Punishment (Part 1)

Posted by - September 16, 2018

Within a few days of accepting the McCarrick resignation, Pope Francis promulgated a revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which modified its official position on capital punishment. This revision stirred up a lot of comment, as some people hold capital punishment more sacred than most of the doctrine of the Church. I’ll try

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Marriage and family life as a ministry priority (Part 3)

Posted by - September 8, 2018

Gaudium et spes presents a beautiful and challenging picture of Christian marriage. As a ministry priority the local church is challenged with trying to support marriage and family life in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa through its ministry. How do you translate this priority into action? One of the ways I’ve tried to deal with

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