Thinking About Thinking – A Reflection on some of the Modern Pitfalls and Logical Fallacies that Hinder Us | Archdiocese of Washington

  A lot of breakdown in modern communication comes down to logical fallacies and cognitive distortions that have us talking past each other. Perhaps, as the new year draws near, we might spend a little time reflecting and “thinking about our thinking.” All of us fall into these traps. I have spoken before on the blog of the problem of “all or nothing thinking” and also our tendency today to take everything personally, to be Continue Reading →

THE REMNANT NEWSPAPER: Stuff and Nonsense

(www.RemnantNewspaper.com) On the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the aging conciliar diehards in the Vatican apparatus, desperate to shore up the Council’s crumbling legacy, have dared to revive and advance at breakneck speed the long dead cause for the “beatification” of Paul VI. John Paul II initiated the cause at the diocesan level in 1993, but it failed to advance any further for reasons that should be obvious. (Among the many less obvious Continue Reading →

RORATE CÆLI: This is the sign of the Church always, the Sign of Blood

This is the sign of the Church always, the Sign of Blood Seven years were my people without my presence; Seven years of misery and pain. Seven years a mendicant on foreign charity I lingered abroad: Seven years is no brevity. I shall not get those seven years back again. Never again, you must make no doubt, Shall the sea run between the shepherd and his fold. … It is not I who insult the Continue Reading →

On Writing a History of the Catholic Church: Catholic World Report

The Catholic Church is the longest-enduring institution in the world, and her historical character is integral to her identity. The earliest Christians claimed to be witnesses to the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, thereby making Christianity a historical religion, emanating from a Judaism that was itself a historical religion. Christianity staked its claim to truth on certain events, notably that at a precise moment in history the Son of God came to earth. The Continue Reading →

Catholics Must Not Cede Ground in Public Debate | Crisis Magazine

In the last several months I’ve been discussing the problems Catholics face dealing with public life today. The recent election underlined some of them. The bishops and others made their pitch about threats to the family and the freedom of the Church, the Democrats stood firm, and most Americans—including most self-identified Catholics—voted for the Democrats. Not only does the world care very little for Catholic concerns, but it seems that Catholics acting as citizens care Continue Reading →

Far As the Curse is Found | First Things

“No more let sins and sorrows grow, / Nor thorns infest the ground; / He comes to make His blessings flow / Far as the curse is found, / Far as the curse is found.”Like many other carols, this rarely sung verse of “Joy to the World” leads us into the profound mystery of the Christmas feast. In the little child whose birth we celebrate, we gaze on the face of our champion in a Continue Reading →