Monthly Archives: February 2015

In re bullets and Obama

Republicans are always keen to charge Democratic Presidents with executive overreach, and vice-versa, especially when the White House is occupied by an especially-despised and aspirational President. But in the handwringing over moves to limit access to certain kinds of bullets, some critics have backed a lame horse. The Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, bans […]

The introvert candidate

Just like that, Jeb Bush becomes an interesting candidate to my mind. I can empathize with a fellow functional-introvert.

Milestones

  GRAYSON   MMV-MMXV Frater Sophiae; cattus magnus. Amatus est; nunc requiescat in pace. De oculis sumptus, semper in cordibus Amavisse est tristitia dulcissima  

A bootnote on vaccinations and the magisterium

It sometimes happens: A dawning realization that you and your interlocutor are in completely different discussions. My argument in What does the Church really teach about vaccines? was not that the Pontifical Academy for Life’s analysis of the vaccine question was wrong, but rather that it’s incorrect to describe that analysis as “the teaching of the […]

Reflections on Jesus’ mission

We are asked how we would describe Jesus’ mission and message, and whether it has changed since His time. Since Eusebius of Caesaria’s fourth-century Historia Ecclesiae, it has been commonplace to conceive of Jesus as fulfilling three roles or missions, those of high priest, prophet, and king. No less often, we see an approach focused […]

Justification

The design of this blog is quite deliberate. Typography is something that interests me, and I did have in mind, when selecting and customizing the theme, that it should be simple, uncluttered, and readable. For example, it isn’t accidental that the footnotes are a contrasting, sans-serif font. The line-length on this blog should vary from […]

Space is big, redux

If you’ll recall my 2012 post Space is big, in which I pointed out that the speed of light is actually quite slow and that galactic exploration requires speeds orders of magnitude faster than those claimed in shows like Star Trek, this video may help visualize the fact. It gives a photon’s-eye-view of a ride […]

What does the Church REALLY teach about vaccines?

An outbreak of the measles virus has focused attention on a small but growing number of American parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated, citing a variety of medical and ethical concerns. This post is agnostic on the merits of that question. I want to focus on a different and precise point: Whether Church teaching requires […]