Religion

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…

Science and Religion Winding Through a Summer’s Day

By Justin Katz | May 14, 2012 |

According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is another year of the dragon. By the cyclical calendar of the United States, it’s another year of the campaign, and early indications are that it will be a fierce one. No doubt, when the post-election chill deadens the flames this winter, we’ll all be very relieved to see…

Fish on Fridays

By Carroll Andrew Morse | April 6, 2012 |

Nothing symbolizes the supposed arbitrariness of religion to those predisposed towards skepticism towards religious belief more than does the Catholic practice of eating fish on Fridays during the season of Lent. I’ll admit to having asked myself, especially on Good Friday, what connection there is between fish and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. And then…

Rahe: Catholic Church Reaping What it Helped Sow

By Marc Comtois | February 13, 2012 |

With the ongoing controversy between the Obama Administration and religious institutions–particularly the Catholic Church–as to whether the health care plans offered by the institutions should cover items they deem inconsistent with their religious tenets (ie; contraception, etc.), Paul Rahe writes that the support given to various progressive causes by the institution of the Catholic Church,…

Memo to Bishops: Don’t Fall For It

By Justin Katz | February 10, 2012 |

The Washington Post has collected a spectrum of religious reactions to the Obama administration’s “compromise” — apparently announced as such without first consulting with the parties implicitly involved in the negotiations (a sure sign that Obama is more concerned about appearing to compromise than actually doing so). Religious leaders and others concerned about religious liberty…

The Cranston West Banner and State Inhibition of Religion

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 25, 2012 |

Folks who invoke ideas like the “the enduring legacy of Roger Williams” as a means for deciding contemporary policy issues such as Steve Ahlquist of the Humanists of Rhode Island, continue to be confused about what that legacy actually entails. A Saturday Projo op-ed by Mr. Ahlquist from which the above quoted phrase was taken,…

The Cranston West Banner Can’t be Required to Just Disappear

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 17, 2012 |

If the Cranston West banner has to be destroyed or removed, or if certain words have to be redacted from it, to comply with Judge Ronald Lagueux’s Federal Court decision, there is no reason why a Soviet-style disappearance from history without explanation must occur, or that the public should not be informed that they are…

Yes, Reverend, What We Call It Matters

By Justin Katz | December 5, 2011 |

The annual battle over Christmas terminology isn’t a sport for which I have much enthusiasm, the lines having been drawn and a general consensus reached. As a matter of governance, I think that local governments ought to be able to reflect the makeup of their communities, if that’s what the folks who live there want,…

The Catholic Notion of a Global Authority

By Justin Katz | October 24, 2011 |

It comes around once a year in the missal for the Catholic Mass, and the lector, standing before his or her neighbors to read the holy words very often exudes a palpable discomfort: Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For…

Portsmouth Institute, “The Catholic Shakespeare?,” Sunday, June 12

By Justin Katz | June 21, 2011 |

This year’s Portsmouth Institute conference changed things up a bit by eliminating the one or two presentations from Thursday and lining up three for Sunday. It definitely made sense to better utilize the second weekend day, although the talks came in such rapid succession that a second viewing with time to ruminate is in order.…

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