Twitter banned psychologist

A psychologist who was instrumental in authoring the official position on transgender identity in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel Disorders was banned from Twitter after posting clinical opinions the social media giant deemed “hateful.” In response to one of his Twitter followers who had inquired about his stance on transgender-identifying persons, Ray Blanchard, a Ph.D. psychologist who…

Suggestions for better homilies

One Point at a Time It is common knowledge that the homilies offered in many Catholic parishes—how can one say this charitably?—often have a lot of room for improvement. The quality of Catholic homilies, of course, varies widely according to the specific parish and priest involved. I have actually heard some of the best sermons…

The God of Feelings?

Mr. Peter Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has picked a theological quarrel with Mike Pence, the current vice-president. The specific focus of the quarrel is not of peculiar interest beyond our times—our peculiar times. The general import is as vast as creation. Political people generally have an outsized opinion of their…

The Reality of the Resurrection

Only a real event of a radically new quality could possibly have given rise to the apostolic preaching. Indeed, the apostolic preaching with all its boldness and passion would be unthinkable unless the witnesses had experienced a real encounter, coming to them from outside, with something entirely new and unforeseen, namely, the self-revelation and verbal…

Shabby Spectacle

The more science shows of the universe, the more its beauty almost takes one’s breath away.  There is nothing about it that could be called vulgar or in bad taste, for those are categories applicable only to what humans on our little planet do with things.  It is possible to mock the harmony of the…