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More on Cardinal Czerny’s Hurricanes

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 10, 2022

If you’ve read Phil Lawler’s post “An encyclical to ward off hurricanes”, you will appreciate seeing a graph of the incidence of hurricanes over the past 50 years. The graph demonstrates that, in fact, there is no trend toward worse and worse hurricanes.

I mentioned this without a link in my last Insights message, but here is the link to an article in Forbes which reproduces the bar graph from the Journal of Climate (scroll down to the black-and-white bar graph).

This demonstrates once again that Churchmen need to stick to their area of authority, which is Divine Revelation through Scripture, Tradition, the Magisterium and the Natural Law. Scientific questions, prudential judgments concerning public policy, and the best way to evaluate and meet the practical challenges of this world are the domain of the laity.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Cincinnatus - Oct. 12, 2022 3:51 AM ET USA

    Ne sutor ultra crepidam seems to be the natural law injunction least remorsefully violated by clerics and religious, particularly academics. Forsan quia ipsimet tales crepidas merito suspectas habent. [ed. note: "Ne sutor ultra crpidam", or "Shoemaker, not beyond the shoe" (meaning stick to what you know); "Forsan quia ipsimet tales crepidas merito suspectas habent", or "Perhaps because they themselves are justifiably suspicious of such shoes".)]

  • Posted by: CorneliusG - Oct. 12, 2022 3:20 AM ET USA

    I think this happens not only because they're bored w/their vocations (as Mr. Timer states), but because they lack Understanding, 1 of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which allows us to grasp the greater value of spiritual goods over worldly ones. They may be high prelates in the Church, but they are spiritually immature.

  • Posted by: kdrotar16365 - Oct. 11, 2022 1:42 PM ET USA

    Thank you for reminding our churchmen where their competency lies. Many seem to have forgotten.

  • Posted by: miketimmer499385 - Oct. 10, 2022 1:44 PM ET USA

    It's simple, it's important, and it's neglected. Our high prelates must be absolutely bored with the vocation they have chosen.