Monthly Archives: May 2012

Dark Side of the Moon

Musicam novam præsento. I recorded Pink Floyd’s Breathe; this is my second bite at the Dark Side of the Moon apple, having recorded Any Color You Like back in 2008 as a tribute to the late Rick Wright. You can hear both back-to-back on Youtube here.

The place of the Curia

John Allen reports that the Vatican is being rocked by another bout of administrative turmoil. Calls for change in NCR’s comment section are less “dog bites man” than “man breathes air,” but in this case, as I’ve argued before, I think that the calls are well-taken, although I suspect that I and they have quite […]

“Looks like we got us a dragon by the tail”

So cool… SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is now docked with the ISS. RT has video.

Personal crest

Call it pretentious if you will, but I have created a personal crest: The design is modelled after the obverse of the Benedictine medal, which I find very appealing; it retains the circular surround, quadranted lettering, and cross, but substitutes a latin cross for the benedictine medal’s symmetrical Greek cross. The cross is emblazoned with […]

Sunrise over the Sydney Opera House in two and a half minutes


We are en route to Sydney, Australia. Please pray for safe and restful travel.


A tentative edition of the first Motu Proprio Anuum, covering the June 2011 term, is now available in PRC (Kindle) and PDF (iPad, PC, Mac) (alt. link) formats. A final edition with technical corrections and posts from May will follow in early June.

Catholic social teaching and public policy: Presuppositions, institutional settlement, and the competency of bishops

Father Thomas Reese, SJ, appeared on The Colbert Report this week to discuss the budget offered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Catholic social teaching: [Jesus said] that we’d be judged by whether we fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked, and this budget doesn’t do it. We believe that a […]

A matter of identity

In a recent post re-proposing “fish friday,” I implied that I disagree with the 1966 decisions of Paul VI and the NCCB (USCCB’s forerunner) to make fish friday optional, but set aside that discussion until today. One of the things that worries me is Catholic identity; I would call it waning but that seems a generation […]

Simon’s big picture philosophy of philosophies

Three years ago, I suggested that our two political camps reflect two different psychologies, casting conservatives as turtles and progressives as hares. I want to briefly suggest a view of the same distinction through a different, more philosophical lens. To be a progressive or a conservative is to take sides—albeit tacitly—on an epistemological question: How […]