A study appearing in the “online first” section of JAMA Pediatrics began making the media rounds earlier this week. Its authors analyzed population-based data that were collected over sixteen years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a sample consisting of more than 750,000 American high-school students.
Why is there confusion in the Catholic Church over Amoris Laetitia, and what consequences does it have for Church unity? I argue here that the confusion is ultimately over two de fide dogmas of Christian faith and that one consequence of the confusion is de facto schism within the
Democrats continue to experience a near-crippling depression since President Donald Trump took office, forcing mental health professionals to name the problem post-election stress disorder, according to a Monday report from CNN. The news coming from the White House on a daily basis is so disconcerting to those
It’s become de rigueur to lament the current state of discourse, where unbridled arrogance and ignorance seem always seem to dominate, no matter how complex the debate. Tacitly, we know that this is a hemlock cocktail for an enlightened civilization, but those of us who
Since at least Donald Trump’s election, our media have been in the grip of an astonishing, self-inflicted crisis. Despite Trump’s constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media. They did this to themselves. We
What is truth? Tension filled the room as Pontius Pilate’s words peeled back the layers of the human condition. An accused Jesus is standing before Pilate on trumped up (no pun intended) charges of insurrection. Pilate offered the interrogatory in response to words Jesus just uttered.
Over the last year, as the presidential campaign grew increasingly bizarre and Donald Trump took us places we had never been before, I saw a spike in media references to Amusing Ourselves to Death, a book written by my late father, Neil Postman, which anticipated back
A Vatican conference called “Sport at the Service of Humanity” in October was a heady experience. Just at the opening ceremony itself, Pope Francis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach all spoke. Artists from several cultures gave stirring dance
Is dialogue still possible in this age of post-truth politics and fake news? By “dialogue” I mean the human, civilized and respectful way through which individuals are supposed to overcome their differences. The alternative is, of course, through the exercise of coercion and violence. And
As a small child the tale of Babel’s tower seemed a large story, one filled with men who were wicked and a god who was powerful. Yet the actual biblical account is tersely told in only nine lines. It turns out that the actual text does