Thursday, June 29, 2017

Three Things Thursday

1. I recently got a copy of The Ultimate Catholic Comic Book, which is a collection of comics from various online cartoonists. It's pretty good, although I'd say it leans a little heavily towards Dad jokes (puns). The comic strip I did in 2007 was pretty pun-heavy, though, so I can't criticize.

I thought the book would be a reprint of all the comics available online, but no! Jason Bach did a bunch of new, exclusive comics for this collection! He's the only cartoonist of the group that I'm familiar with. If I ever try to follow up on my pipe dream of making a Catholic priest adventure game--something like The Shivah--I'd totally try to get him to do the art. He does commissions!

2. The Vatican has released a survey, in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops. The theme of the Synod is youth and young adults. The survey is open to everyone born after 1950, to Catholics and atheists alike, and it's designed to help them get a sense of what people in the world think today. The results are going straight to the Vatican, unlike the survey they did for the last Synod, where the results went to the Bishops, who compiled them and turned them into the people at the Vatican.

The survey is available in English here.

3. It's been about two years since Pope Francis released Laudato Si, his encyclical about the environment. It more or less confirms that global warming is real, and we need to do what we can to stop it. We also need to stop the root causes of global warming, which are harmful to people in general and would cause great damage, even if the environment was untouched.

It's kind of sad that the United States has gone in the opposite direction of science and the Catholic Church on environmental issues, in the time that has followed. Come on, US Government, let's save the planet!

On a side note, I find it odd that the Catholic Church has a reputation for being anti-science, when it agrees with science on global warming, evolution, vaccines and the big bang theory. It's other Christian sects that don't go along with those things.

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