Analysis and Comment

Becoming during the first nine months Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Peter Cullinane

When you were conceived, there were millions of sperm competing to fertilize a waiting ovum. One did so. Every other combination of sperm and ovum would have been a different person. The one moment in the whole history of the universe when any of them could have come into existence passed at that moment. They Read more

Why Pope Francis’ focus on mission makes Catholics uncomfortable Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

It is no secret that Pope Francis is getting pushback from certain corners of the church these days. The church in the United States has been infected by the same harshness and polarization that inflame our politics. Our faith is challenged by ongoing polemics between Catholics labeled progressive and conservative. The due reverence afforded the papacy Read more

Germany’s electric vehicles emit more Carbon Dioxide than diesel vehicles Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
electric vehicle

A study by the IFO think tank in Munich found that electric vehicles in Germany emit 11 – 28 percent more carbon dioxide than their diesel counterparts. The study considered the production of batteries as well as the German electricity mix in making this determination. Germany spent thousands of euros on electric car subsidies per Read more

Why the euthanasia bill doesn’t go far enough Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
euthanasia

Please don’t kill me. That was my first reaction to the End of Life Choice Bill that the polls show most of the population agrees with. Of course, although I’m in my mid-sixties, I’m reasonably hale and hearty and surrounded by people I know and love in a warm house by the sea. I am Read more

Organ harvesting: Unmatched wickedness Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
organ harvesting

Two new reports conclude that China is engaging in organ harvesting and a child separation campaign against the country’s Uighur Muslim minority. China’s ambassador to the U.K., Liu Xiaoming, has denied a BBC investigation’s findings, which concluded that Muslim children in the Uighur-majority region of western Xinjiang are being systematically separated from their parents. The Read more

Francis’ theological vision includes dialogue, humility Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019
dialogue

Recently, I called attention to an article by Robert Mickens about Pope Francis’ recent address at a theological symposium in Naples. A few days ago, my colleague Joshua McElwee reported on the pope’s homily at the Mass celebrating the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Monday, the pope marked the sixth anniversary of his trip Read more

Judge your own heart first – not that of those in need Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019
compassion

Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said Sunday, encouraging Catholics to think first about their own hardness of heart, not the sins of others. “If you go down the street and see a homeless man lying there and you pass by without looking at him, or you think: ‘Eh, Read more

Curia reform: Changing attitudes, not just structures Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Pope Francis’ plan for the reform of the Roman Curia will change the names of several offices and merge a few of them, but the biggest change it hopes to spark is one of attitude. The last major reorganization of the Curia came with St. John Paul II’s apostolic constitution, “Pastor Bonus” (The Good Shepherd) Read more

Does the lifting of immunity in France mark a shift in the Vatican’s handling of abuse? Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Holy See has announced it will lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of inappropriate touching and groping by numerous men. As a result, the path is cleared for Archbishop Luigi Ventura to be prosecuted by the French authorities over the allegations, with one incident said to have taken Read more

Becoming through seeking truth Comments 0

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Peter Cullinane

Searching for truth sometimes involves a bit of hard work. But it’s worth it. Superficial understanding leaves us vulnerable to other people’s spin – commercial spin, political spin, agenda-driven ideologies, etc. Scientists work hard to establish facts. They know we need to act on what is objectively true. Solving crimes, the judicial system, and research Read more