Are Drones Moral?

The Washington Post had an interesting article about the use of drones in warfare. My snap judgement comment is twofold. First that all war is evil and that we need to figure out other more peaceful ways of resolving conflict. The second is that until we do so, any way we can save lives in […]

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Kim Jong Il Dead: What’s Next for North Korea?

It’s a dangerous time for North Korea (and the world) now that Kim Jong Il is dead. Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times shared this snip on Facebook moments ago. North Korea is by far the most repressive and totalitarian country I’ve ever visited; it makes Syria or Burma seem like democracies. In North Korea, […]

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Speaking for ALL Human Life

The always brilliant Br. Dan Horan, OFM has an excellent piece today on the Boehner situation. He defends the Catholic Theologians against those who claim that they are simply a strike from the left-leaning side of the Church (and presumably not as Catholic as some others would like them to be) and that these people […]

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What Should Have Happened When President Obama Went to Notre Dame

Theologians across the Catholic spectrum have fired a salvo at Speaker of the House, John Boehner saying the Republican-supported budget he shepherded through the House of Representatives will hurt the poor, elderly and vulnerable. This comes as the speaker has been invited to be the commencement speaker at The Catholic University of America. From the […]

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is to Bin Laden As Darth Vader is to…..

OK this is one of the most creative ventures I’ve seen in some time. It a mock news report from the Galactic Empire Times reporting on the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi of Star Wars Fame. I’d suggest reading the whole thing here but there’s a snip below. “For over two decades, Kenobi has been the […]

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Pray for Our Enemies

From today’s NY Post: A Catholic church in Ireland has provoked outrage among its parishioners after announcing plans for a Mass to pray for the “soul” of Osama bin Laden. The Church of the Assumption in the affluent Dublin suburb of Howth distributed a leaflet to parishioners during its Sunday services that included details of […]

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Op-Ed: Buffalo News: Can we find it in ourselves to forgive bin Laden?

The Buffalo News published an op-ed I wrote regarding the death of bin Laden. Same notes, different key…based on the last few days of material. Upon hearing of Osama bin Laden’s death, I looked to my wife and said, “I know it’s not right to celebrate this, to take pleasure in vengeance, but I have […]

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Hello Dalai

The Dalai Lama weighed in on Osama Bin Laden and the possibility of forgiveness today. As a human being, Bin Laden may have deserved compassion and even forgiveness, the Dalai Lama said in answer to a question about the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader. But, he said, “Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened. … […]

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Is It Wrong to Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death?

Linton Weeks from National Public Radio emailed me after reading some of my comments on the need to forgive Bin Laden. And he wrote this outstanding column exploring much of the same questions. I’m quoted extensively in this so I’ll just quote from there and let you read the remainder of the column. Not ‘Our […]

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