Author Archives: Thomas


I’ve listened to, on average, at least one sermon or homily every week for the last forty years. I continue to look forward to: a coherent exposition of the Scriptures, increasing my understanding and actualization of passages with which I … Continue reading

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Counterbalancing Politics

If one is an atheist, it seems to me one of the major challenges is to counterbalance politics. Unless, of course, one also thinks that everything is politics; however, that way lies madness and no point in trying to argue … Continue reading

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It seems clear that the purpose of synodality is to insert an authoritative structure between Pope and Bishops.  Argument can be made that this is needed due to growth of the Church. However, by inserting a bureaucratic organization between the … Continue reading

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European Timeline

  Saint Francis 1181/1182 – 3 October 1226 St Thomas Aquinas 1225 – 7 March 1274 Dante Alighieri 1265 – 1321 Giotto 1267 – January 8, 1337 Great Famine 1315–1322 Black Plague 1347-1352 Chaucer 1343 – 25 October 1400 St Catherine of Siena 1347-1380 Brunelleschi 1377 … Continue reading

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Honky-Tonk Gospel

While I often listen to music for entertainment, I prefer music that helps me think about the human condition, especially in the light of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this, Bob Dylan’s honky-tonk gospel is my main … Continue reading

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Hamartiology is not only flagged by most spellcheckers, it is not even included in some recent dictionaries. On the other hand, searching for it via Google is productive. That’s my day’s summary of the world in 2018.  

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Trump’s UN Speech 2018

Madam President, Mr. Secretary General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve … Continue reading

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