the old blog

No doubt many of us were disappointed about the decision that the Supreme Court reached upon the legality of same-sex marriage. Some may say, 'well it was only a legal decision that affects not the Church.' While this is in some sense true, the state nevertheless empowers Catholic clergy with state prerogatives to minister and witness weddings, thus recognizing them as legitimate contracts with the state. In that way then, it would be... [ Read more ]
  Brand: Dr. Mann, do not open the inner hatch. I repeat, do not open the inner hatch! I repeat, do not open...   Dr. Mann: Brand? I don't know what he said to you, but I am taking command of the Endurance, and then we can talk about completing the mission.   Brand: Dr. Mann, listen to me...   Dr. Mann: This is not about my life, or Cooper's life; this is about all mankind!  [opening the inner hatch]... [ Read more ]
Remember in elementary school, when your teacher had the box with the mesh screen on top and the see-through plastic walls where the caterpillars hung out? Yeah, It must have been kindergarten or first grade for me. But also remember the word that was constantly repeated during that learning experience (and was displayed prominently on the pocket chart)—metamorphosis. At the time, I had no idea that this word meant anything outside of... [ Read more ]
This week we've seen two stories develop that seem to oppose one another: the death of Cecil the lion, and the expose of Planned Parenthood's coverup. The story of Cecil the lion seems innocent enough, a wealthy American dentist goes into the wilds of Africa to show his skill, by killing the continent's top predator. But Walter Palmer's safari takes a turn for the worst as he finds out the lion he killed was in a protected... [ Read more ]
One of the many appellations of Jesus is the Great Physician. Throughout the Gospel, we find Jesus demonstrating his power to forgive sins by showing he has the power to heal ailments. St. Luke states this perhaps the clearest in chapter five: “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-... [ Read more ]