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June 1, 2015

I last saw Don nearly forty years ago. We were on the veranda of a house at the top of the cliffs in Laguna Beach, watching the sunset and sipping fine California wine. Don was explaining how he had come to be fired from his job as a political science professor at his university.

Ever since then I’ve considered his to be a story of how tragedy—in the proper Greek sense—can affect anyone...

May 25, 2015

The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation is a creationist organization for Catholics. It holds to the idea that our world was created in six literal days and that the Earth is very young—at most about 10,000 years old.

This stance poses difficulties, such as how to account for the fossil record. When did all those extinct animals live—particularly the interesting ones, such as dinosaurs? The Kolbe Center’s position is that dinosaurs and man lived contemporaneously, with dinosaurs...

May 18, 2015

Saturday’s edition of the Toronto Star ran an opinion column by Michael Coren: “How a Change of Heart Led to a Backlash from the ‘Church of Nasty.’”

In it Coren explains why he made a change of religion and complains about the vociferousness and even nastiness of people who responsed to what he did.

Not surprisingly, his column sidesteps the real reason so many people have been upset with him.

As I wrote in this blog a week ago, Coren—a Canadian broadcaster,...

May 11, 2015

At Michael Coren’s website the banner at the top of the main page features a mug shot of him at the left and, for the remainder of the rectangular space, a blue background on which are superimposed nouns and adjectives that describe him.

The nouns are “talk show host,” “author,” “columnist,” and “public speaker.” All of those are accurate.

The adjectives are “compassionate,” “spiritual,” “interesting,” “...

May 4, 2015

Friday night I had dinner at a Catholic Answers function. I sat next to Lenora, a loyal friend of the apostolate whose husband was unable to be there. I told her I was happy for Don, and she nodded. She understood when I said that, as much as I enjoyed the gathering and the company, I wished that I were with him.

As those at our table enjoyed salads in a lovely patio setting, Don was trudging along Silverwood Lake, in the hills north of Los Angeles. He was at mile 324 of the Pacific...