Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

Executing child murderers does not make Bill Barr any less pro-life. Catholics, says Attorney General William Barr, “understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.” Saccharine? Perhaps. But this remark from Barr’s now-infamous Notre Dame speech summarizes the faith of a man whose public Catholicism has for decades emphasized both … Read more Bill Barr Tears the Seamless Garment

The wisest way….

“O my God, you and you alone are all wise and all knowing! You know, you have determined everything that will happen to us from first to last. You have ordered things in the wisest way, and you know what will be my lot year by year until I die. You know how long I … Read more The wisest way….

Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

Here’s a simple fact: Life is brief. We have limited time in the world. So how should we use it? Before answering, consider that word should. Should is a modest, single syllable with immodestly thick implications. It suggests that different paths forward in life exist. Some are right, and some are wrong. Thus our choices … Read more Life Lessons: Four Pillars, Three Little Pigs

A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears

Despite what many people hoped, COVID-19 is clearly worse than the seasonal flu. But despite what other people feared, it does not seem to be nearly as lethal as the “Spanish flu” of 1918, which killed about 0.7 percent of the total U.S. population—equivalent to more than 2 million people today. As we move from … Read more A Middle Course Between COVID-19 Hopes and Fears

Physicians Say Hospitals Are Pressuring ER Docs to List COVID-19 on Death Certificates. Here’s Why

When Drs. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care held a press conference last week, their goal was to galvanize policymakers to reopen the economy. The California-based hospital owners may have uncorked a bigger story. During their long discussion with reporters, Dr. Erickson noted he has spoken to numerous physicians who say … Read more Physicians Say Hospitals Are Pressuring ER Docs to List COVID-19 on Death Certificates. Here’s Why

The Bioethicist Pandemic

The increasing outsourcing of health-care policy to medical bureaucrats during the COVID-19 crisis illustrates the dangerous temptation to remove control over policy from democratic deliberation in favor of a technocracy, i.e., rule by “experts.” In health care, such a system would be particularly perilous since the experts placed in charge of policy would be “bioethicists” … Read more The Bioethicist Pandemic

COVID-19: Apocalypse Now?

Of course the current pandemic has brought out the wild eyed conspiracy theorists and apocalyptic prophets of doom. Forgive me if I yawn. But I was brought up in the fundamentalist world of dispensationalism, and for those of you who wonder what on earth that mouthful of jargon means, dispensationalism is a wacky system of … Read more COVID-19: Apocalypse Now?

We need to respect the choice not to die of COVID-19 alone

How do you want to die? If you’re like 70% of Americans, you want to die at home accompanied by your loved ones. But even before the current pandemic, 68% did not get that kind of death. In part because we’ve attempted to hide the reality of our finitude for so long, death in the … Read more We need to respect the choice not to die of COVID-19 alone