Month: February 2020

  • COVID-19

    Dr. James Hamblin writes on COVID-19, the coronavirus influenza that has definitively left China and appears to be inevitable here: The Harvard epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch is exacting in his diction, even for an epidemiologist. Twice in our conversation he started to say something, then paused and said, “Actually, let me start again.” So it’s […]

  • Stars near Mercersburg

    Stars near Mercersburg

    I drove from Washington, DC to State College last night, taking the more scenic route after Hagerstown that takes you… …up Route 75 through little Pennsylvania towns like Mercersburg, Fort Loudon, past Cowans Gap Lake, and through Burnt Cabins onto Route 522 through Shade Gap, Rockhill/Orbisonia, Shirleysburg, Allenport/Mount Union/Lucy Furnace where you reach the Juniata…

  • Nothing in common but one word

    I’m heading to State College tonight, and I’ve been spending this afternoon in Washington reading and working a bit. Here’s a late afternoon view from M Street near the Key Bridge: Here’s a passage from The Road to Serfdom that someone shared earlier today, appropriate for this election season: There can be no doubt that…

  • Our ‘confusion extends beyond sexuality’

    J.D. Flynn offers some of the best fraternal correction to Fr. James Martin that I’ve read so far: …there is a difference between choosing not to defy Catholic doctrine and choosing to teach it in its fullness. And the doctrine of the Church extends far beyond issues of sexuality. While Martin may not be teaching…

  • ‘We take sin so casually’

    Charles J. Chaput celebrated his final Mass as Archbishop of Philadelphia on Sunday, and in doing so he concluded 31 years of service as a Catholic bishop: At the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Chaput told his parishioners he is grateful to them, and pointed following Jesus Christ as the pathway…