Portsmouth Institute, Day 1, Session 3: Dr. John Haught, “Evolution and Faith: What Is the Problem?”

By Justin Katz | July 4, 2012 |

Georgetown University theology professor John Haught firmly established the theme of the Portsmouth Institute conference on “Modern Science, Ancient Faith” with his talk on the reconciliation of religion and science — even if he arguably did so without explicitly stating it. Dr. Haught did so by taking up several of the philosophical objections to Christian…

Portsmouth Institute, Day 1, Session 2: Abbott James Wiseman, “A New Heaven and a New Earth”

By Justin Katz | July 3, 2012 |

Among the truly fascinating aspects of the entire 2012 Portsmouth Institute conference, “Modern Science, Ancient Faith,” was the pervasive appearance of an underlying theme. That, in itself, is not surprising; the fact that nobody took its appearance as opportunity actually to state it is. In retrospect, in the second lecture of the series, Brother Wiseman…

Portsmouth Institute, Day 1, Session 1: Dom Paschal Scotti, “Galileo Revisited”

By Justin Katz | July 2, 2012 |

It was fitting that the the 2012 Portsmouth Institute conference, “Modern Science, Ancient Faith,” held at the Portsmouth Abbey school, opened on the topic of Galileo. Brother Scotti addressed the ways in which other factors brought about the Catholic Church’s blunder with respect to Galileo. There were internal politics. Factional rifts between the Jesuits, who…

Media Sensationalization

By Patrick Laverty | June 14, 2012 |

Well, that word is a big of mouthful. I even have to slow down to make sure I type it correctly. Sensationalization. Anyway. I get a morning email each day of the top stories from, which include some headlines and a brief blurb about the story. So this morning when I saw there were…

Taking on Ted

By Patrick Laverty | April 22, 2012 |

Ted Nesi writes a weekly notes column and posts it on Saturday mornings. I tried writing my own for a few weeks and it’s really a lot of work. It’s not something that can be thrown out there in a few minutes, as it does take a bunch of researching and note taking. So it’s…

Hot or What?

By Patrick Laverty | December 16, 2011 |

GoLocalProv has a weekly article by Dan McGowan where he tracks the locals that are “Hot or Not“, which is more a barometer of public perception than any physical characteristics. It’s pretty surprising to see David Cicilline ranked as a “hot” in a week where he’s been getting negative criticism from his own party and…

The New

By Patrick Laverty | October 18, 2011 |

Yesterday afternoon, the Providence Journal released their long-awaited new web site. Now the URL will redirect to We’ve been hearing radio and television commercials about the value of the local media. The commercials explain that Pulitzers don’t pay the mortgage. So the folks at the Journal will need to institute a pay wall.…

Scaling Back

By Justin Katz | August 18, 2011 |

We began talking with Matt Allen on WPRO every Wednesday just before 7 p.m. back in early 2008, and last night I took our final call. We just don’t feel right about having him tout our activities on such a regular basis when we’re not sure how active we’ll actually be. That doesn’t mean we…

Public Sector and Politics

By Justin Katz | July 28, 2011 |

Last night, Monique reviewed some Anchor Rising posts with guest host Tony Cornetta on the Matt Allen Show. Stream by clicking here, or download it.

The Signs of RI’s Doom

By Justin Katz | July 21, 2011 |

Matt and I discussed the forces affecting Rhode Island’s politics on last night’s Matt Allen Show. I expressed skepticism that the General Assembly will actually do much to reform pensions, referring to the four horsemen of Rhode Island’s apocalypse — that is, the four groups that have locked in power in RI, and which the…