Happy Father’s Day, Y’all!

A Bloody Mary, served in a pint glass, with garnishes including: celery, bacon, 2 shrimps, olives, and a crab claw. Yum.


A few highlights from the 2024 Catholic Health Assembly in San Diego, CA.

Some of my favorite colleagues (Mark & Patrick) and I in the exhibit hall at the 2024 Catholic Health Assembly. Photo by [@BioethxMark@mstdn.social](https://micro.blog/BioethxMark@mstdn.social)Ron Hamel receiving the lifetime achievement award at the 2024 Catholic Health AssemblyDamond Boatwright giving an inspiring address at the 2024 Catholic Health AdsemblyA painting entitled Madonna of Knots, depicting Mary, Mother of God, straightening out a rope. The artist is Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ.


No. That is NOT what I meant.

Results of a keyword search at a public library for


Everytime I’m in Montréal…

A selfie of me in front of Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore


If you make a carving of me, please use this pose. Thank you.

wooden sculpture by Henry Moore: reclining figure


Scarlett Johansson Says OpenAI Ripped Off Her Voice for ChatGPT

Johansson’s statement, relayed to WIRED by her publicist, claims that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman asked her last September to provide ChatGPT’s new voice but that she declined. She describes being astounded to see the company demo a new voice for ChatGPT last week that sounded like her anyway.

This alleged behavior by OpenAI erodes any trust I might have had in the company. Brazenly disregarding Johansson’s declination does not bode well for those of us who don’t have the resources to hire a legal team.

Perhaps this story will be an exhibit in the NYTimes’ lawsuit against OpenAI which alleges similar behavior: seemingly amicable negotiations that end with OpenAI doing whatever they want with content they don’t have permission to use.


Ethicists Can Proactively Prepare for AI Systems

A human will always be best suited to facilitate conversations that support ethical decision-making for the patients we serve.

Wherein I warn about technosolutionism, promote the language of “augmented intelligence,” and remind folks that great caution should be taken when utilizing generative AI in the context of clinical bioethics.


Good morning to the 2024 graduates of Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice!

A photo of the pre-commencement ceremony at SLU, featuring the banner for the CPHSJ.


Pope Francis Appoints Father James Mark Beckman Next Bishop of Knoxville

“I am blessed and honored to accept this appointment from the Holy Father,” Bishop-elect Beckman said. “I am a native Tennessean, and I am grateful that I can continue serving the Church and now the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville in this region that I know well and love tremendously.”

This is the best church news I’ve heard in a long time!

Fr. Mark taught me in high school. He was an important influence on how I’ve grown as a human, a leader, and a Catholic Christian.

You don’t see many new bishop pictures featuring a fleece jacket. Consider it evidence of Beckman’s sheepy aroma. 😆

May God continue to bless Bishop-Elect Beckman & the people of Knoxville.


Just saw my first c*bertruck “in the wild.”

#Meh