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The heart pulses through the eyes

The images remain horrifying.  Clashing groups of fellow citizens, illumined by torch lights reminiscent of dark ages past, come to blows with each other.  Cries of domestic terrorism ring out after bodies fly in the streets due to vehicular homicide. Racism rears its ugly head – again. Published statements decry the hatred and violence.  In […]


Someone has to make the call

As the summer season plays on, the technological imperative grows stronger.  That’s the belief – really an assumption – that if things can be done better by machines (i.e., more speedily, efficiently, or effectively), then they should be. It’s the conviction underlying AI, whose “artificial” nomenclature belies the real source of a machine’s “intelligence,” namely […]


Driving under the spell

There’s a new kind of DUI.  But it concerns an entirely different influence that affects driving and could lead to a criminal citation. This week the governor of New York announced a review process to examine use of a “Textalyzer” to crack down on what so many motorists seem to do harmlessly.  But the data […]

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Faith resting on a “third stool”

There’s been a hullaballoo about Civilta Cattolica and its article criticizing the “ecumenism of hate” spawned by a supposed Evangelical-Catholic alignment of religion and politics in the USA. Two key reasons for the frenzy of commentary are the semi-official status of the publication (whose contents are pre-approved by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State) and the […]


Moving out … online

With more than 60 boxes and a dozen crates of file folders (the fruits of 29 years of university teaching!), it was time to move from Center Valley to my new residence at Saint Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, there to assume full-time the role of the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications. […]