Category: Feature


Journalists and Other Liars, Part I

Why do journalists lie?  I do not ask this question as a joke with a punchline waiting in the wings or even as an illustration of mankind’s general propensity to lie, cheat, and steal.  My question is intended to go to the heart of what journalism is, fundamentally: a “profession” in which men and women, without any particular skills or qualifications, spend their time at work making and repeating statements that they either know are untrue or, if they are so obtuse as not to know they are telling lies, they should be required to keep silent.


Why Four Gospels?

Why does the Church authorize four Gospels?  Of course there were many other versions, and some of them, surely, contained useful details.  And, on the other hand, if we could not be permitted to read a dozen, why not one comprehensive story, which would avoid confusion and discourage the sneers of skeptics who search the texts for discrepancies?


Ukraine War Endgame

The end of a war often is the nastiest part. Look at the Afghanistan fiasco just over two years ago. Or the helicopters lifting off from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in 1975, followed by the exodus of the Boat People…. Which is why the Ukraine War, as it enters its final phase, could get nasty.