Friendship: The Foundation of Reason

The following column was published in The Observer on Thursday, October 16, 2014. “I will always consider the possibility that I might be wrong.” So states the commitment to humility in the Center for Social Concerns’ “Virtues of Discourse” pledge. As one of the seven “virtues” in the pledge, humility means, “When I realize that I have been…

On Empty Classrooms

The following column was published in The Observer on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Willis Konick retired in 2007 as one of the University of Washington’s most sought-after professors. For Willis, as his students called him, the classroom had changed over the years. According to the Seattle Times, ” [Willis] said teaching Dostoyevsky novels in the 1960s was…

Idylls and Rambles, by Fr. Schall

Fr. James Schall is a member of the “old school.” He teaches at a very old school, but he is somewhat of an anomaly. He is an incredibly educated man who resists the fads that drive much of the university corporation machine today. He thinks that education has something to do with virtue, that college is…

The Church Annie Selak Wants: Part II

The following is the Part II of my response to Annie Selak’s Washington Post article. Part I can be read by clicking here. Third, Selak desires “a church that embraces that God is everywhere.” In particular, she relates a “need to affirm and emphasize that God is present in other religions and sincerely work on improving…

“The Gay Issue”: Objections and Clarifications

This is my seventh post in a series on understanding same sex attraction. The other six posts are: –On Terminology –Within Catholicism –Newman and Michelangelo –Broadening Same-Sex-Attraction –Learning from the Pro-Life Movement –Notre Dame’s Plan As I have been writing for this series, I have received a number of excellent criticisms and comments about my posts….