Civility Anyone?

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds… Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address There are complaints now of a lack of civility in the United … [Read more…]

Solidarity of Catholics with Jews

Sometimes, events come together in strange and important ways. I had just received the article below written by Rabbi David Blumenthal, a distinguished professor at Emory University, in honor of his friend who recently died, the late Father Benedict Groeschel. This piece is a testament to the fruits born of interfaith exchanges on the personal … [Read more…]

Is the Internet Killing Religion?

A provocative and much discussed article in the MIT Technology Review, “How the Internet is Taking Away America’s Religion” reviews an analysis by the computer science professor, Dr. Allen B. Downey, suggesting that there is a connection between the introduction and rapid expansion of the Internet and a concurrently steep increase in those claiming no … [Read more…]

The Doctor Is In

 THE DOCTOR IS IN I wrote this piece in celebration of the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas. This great thirteenth century Dominican friar was a man who reflected deeply about life His reflections highlight that greatest of the cardinal virtues, that of wisdom. Wisdom, or prudence as Saint Thomas might have put it, means … [Read more…]