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The Profession: A Short Story
The Profession

It’s 2049: a union of Islamic caliphates controls Europe, and a similar incursion is reaching the shores of America.

Philip Russell just wants to see the sights in Washington before returning home to his loving fiancée. Instead, he soon finds himself caught up in a violent clash of cultures that quickly becomes personal. With the whole world watching, he’ll have to make a choice: faith or friendship.

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Interview with Taylor Marshall

Interview with Taylor Marshall

This week I was honored to be on Dr. Taylor Marshall’s YouTube show to discuss the topic “Can a Pope be Deposed?” It’s a relevant topic, and one without easy answers. Be sure to check it out:

New Podcast!
New Podcast!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve started a new podcast. Called “Growing Up Baseball,” the podcast features my son Peter and I discussing the latest happenings in the world of baseball. We were inspired to start this podcast by the fun we had in a recent episode of Swimming Upstream where we reviewed the just-ended MLB

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Best Nike Kaepernick Ad Parodies
Best Nike Kaepernick Ad Parodies

Last week Nike released an ad featuring controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In case you were visiting Mars the past week, here it is: For those who might be unaware (would that be anyone at this point?), Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who became (in)famous for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.

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Sooner or Later God’ll Cut You Down
Sooner or Later God’ll Cut You Down

Johnny Cash has a word for warning for Cardinal McCarrick and the bishops who enabled him:

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Articles on Catholicism
On Deposing Popes: A Historical Review

On Deposing Popes: A Historical Review

This article is also available as a printer-friendly PDF document. Asking the Question Throughout his five-year reign, Pope Francis has been a controversial figure. He has pushed for novelties and innovations to both the papacy and the Church itself, from superficialities like refusing to live in the papal apartments to more substantial changes like permitting communion

The Papolatry of Cardinal Ouellet
The Papolatry of Cardinal Ouellet

Over a month ago Archbishop Carlo Vigano, former apostolic nuncio to the United States, made a number of accusations against Pope Francis and others regarding their alleged cover-up of the Cardinal McCarrick affair. More recently Archbishop Vigano has singled out Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and urged him to come

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The Scandal of the Church
The Scandal of the Church

In the second century, the Church faced its first great heresy: Gnosticism. This confusing and eclectic system of beliefs threatened to destroy the Church in its infancy. Among Gnosticism’s tenets was the conviction that the material world is contemptible, unworthy of redemption. Unlike the Christian view that the material world was originally created good but

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Diocese on a Diet: Reducing the Temporal Power of the Bishops
Diocese on a Diet: Reducing the Temporal Power of the Bishops

As frustration and anger toward bishops grow, Catholics are asking what they can do to resist the corruption that has infected the episcopate. Ideas include prayer, fasting, writing letters, and protesting at USCCB meetings. All these are valid responses, but some are advocating for something more concrete – specifically, withholding financial support to the men

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Articles on Technology
The Cryptocurrency Dream, Revived

The Cryptocurrency Dream, Revived

Tothe outsider looking in, the cryptocurrency world may appear to be a geek version of the movie Wall Street. Crypto-traders obsessing about minute fluctuations in price, newbies dreaming of Lambos, and shills hyping their worthless coins to the naïve are the order of the day. The whole thing doesn’t come across as very noble, to be sure.

Catholics and Cryptocurrencies: When Opposites Attract
Catholics and Cryptocurrencies: When Opposites Attract

I’ve been involved with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for almost five years now. In that time I’ve noticed among Catholics a hesitation to embrace this new technology. Some of that hesitation comes from ignorance or misinformation. For example, many Catholics believe that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are simply tools for criminals and terrorists, even though, like

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Where Are the Flying Cars?
Where Are the Flying Cars?

I took a road trip recently from Cincinnati to Washington, DC. This trip is a familiar one to me; in the 1990’s I traveled between the two cities by car at least twice a year. As I was driving, it struck me that as much as the world has changed in the past quarter century —

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Top Cryptocurrencies of 2017
Top Cryptocurrencies of 2017

To say 2017 was a good year for cryptocurrencies would be like saying 2016 was a good year for Donald Trump impersonators. The total value of cryptocurrencies has surged from $17 billion on January 1st to over $580 billion — a greater than 3,300% increase in just twelve months. But which coins were the top

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Articles on Culture
The Danger of the “Common Good”

The Danger of the “Common Good”

In political debates among Catholics, you’ll frequently hear the term “Common Good” invoked. The U.S. bishops are particularly keen to appeal to the Common Good when defending their positions on issues such as universal health care, environmental protections, or minimum wage increases. Appeals to the Common Good are typically in support of government expansion. Usually this involves the

There is Another Choice for Ohio Conservatives this November
There is Another Choice for Ohio Conservatives this November

Avoid marrying yourself to a “lesser of two evils” mindset. This should be a time of great joy among Ohio conservatives. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the state in 2016. Republicans dominate the Ohio State Senate and the House of Representatives. Every non-judicial state-wide office is held by a Republican. Most U.S. Representatives from

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Why I’m Through Being ‘Pro-Life’
Why I’m Through Being ‘Pro-Life’

Thirty years ago, the anti-abortion movement had an image problem. In most media reports, opponents of abortion were depicted as angry men opposing fundamental women’s rights. They were “anti-abortion.” Those who advocated for legalized abortion, on the other hand, were seen in a positive light, championing “choice” and the right to freedom. They were “pro-choice.”

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My Limited Patriotism
My Limited Patriotism

I grew up in a conservative town in a conservative family attending a conservative church. By “conservative” I don’t mean politically conservative as much as culturally conservative: we respected our traditions, respected authority, and respected our country. I assumed America’s greatness and unquestionably supported our military and police. However, that respect was challenged when I

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Articles on Baseball
Titanic Sinking: A Review of the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

Titanic Sinking: A Review of the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

It’s hard to be a Reds fan. The team hasn’t won a postseason series since 1995 (Lord, please let me forget the 2012 postseason!), and have only had five winning seasons in the past twenty-two seasons. Ugh. This season, unfortunately, lived up to what are now Reds expectations: bad baseball. But since I’m glutton for

The Dumpster Fire That is the 2018 Cincinnati Reds
The Dumpster Fire That is the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball team, have only played eighteen games so far this year, but it already feels like an eternity. They have lost fifteen of those games and are the worst team in baseball. And anyone who has tortured themselves to watch these games (like yours truly) would tell you that,

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2018 Baseball Predictions
2018 Baseball Predictions

It’s time for my annual predictions for the upcoming MLB season. Last year I did well, correctly predicting all six division winners, as well as predicting the Astros as the AL Champions. But I completely whiffed on my Wild Card picks, choosing the Mariners, Rays, Mets, and Giants, and I thought the Cubs would repeat as WS

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Make MLB Great Again: Improving Pace of Play
Make MLB Great Again: Improving Pace of Play

Last week Major League Baseball announced some new pace of play rules. Essentially, mound visits are going to be limited to six per nine innings, but there will be no pitch clock, as had been threatened earlier in the winter. Pace of play has been an issue with baseball for some time now. If you

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