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Author Archive: JoAnna Wahlund

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton's birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, two saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 13 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs sporadically at http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.

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Save the Storks in Delaware

September 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Save the Storks in Delaware

Friends, I have a very important message for you today, but I’m not going to be the one to convey it. Instead, I’m going to let my good friend, Nicole Collins, a wonderful pro-life warrior, deliver it in my stead. Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause, and if you are unable to contribute […]

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NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

August 20, AD2014 24 Comments
NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

On Facebook, I’m in several Natural Family Planning (NFP) groups, and the same question pops up on a regular basis:  “What reasons justify using NFP to avoid pregnancy, according to the teaching of the Church? Is there a list?” I’ve scoured encyclicals, papal letters and addresses, and several scholarly tomes on the subject, I’m confident […]

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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 2 Comments
NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

The following is a series of blog comments posted by Heidi in the comboxes at the blog Little Catholic Bubble. I found her story so moving and inspirational that I asked her if I could consolidate her comments into a blog post in honor of NFP Awareness Week, and she graciously agreed. I’ve done some editing to the text that […]

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Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem

June 25, AD2014 113 Comments
Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem

I really want to work for the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I grew up in a family that occasionally attended PETA events, usually on Christmas (to protest the abuse of the enslaved reindeer, forced to haul an obese septuagenarian around the world in a single night) and Easter (to protest the […]

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Planned Parenthood\’s Pastoral Letter

May 29, AD2014 11 Comments
Planned Parenthood\’s Pastoral Letter

Planned Parenthood\’s “Clergy Advocacy Board” recently issued a “pastoral letter,” telling women that God is okay with abortion. Oddly, I haven\’t heard about any backlash from the Freedom From Religion Foundation or Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Given that Planned Parenthood receives federal tax dollars, isn\’t it wildly inappropriate of Planned Parenthood to […]

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REBUTTAL – PART 2: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

April 30, AD2014 16 Comments
REBUTTAL – PART 2: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

This is a continuation of my rebuttal to the article “10 Beliefs Christians Have that Really Mess Us Up.” You can read Part I here. Belief #6 – The World Is Going To Get Worse And Worse Before Jesus Returns Drysdale says: This one is pretty funny. Or at least it would be if it […]

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Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

April 2, AD2014 42 Comments
Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

A few days ago, a friend sent me an article titled, “10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up.” I read through the article and then clicked over the the author\’s “About Me” page, curious about his background and credentials. As it turns out, the author, Phil Drysdale, claims no formal training in theology […]

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Unintended Consequences

March 11, AD2014 33 Comments
Unintended Consequences

Alert the media! I\’ve found another case of an innocent person being cruelly denied a cake by an intolerant, bigoted bakery department. In this case, the zealots targeted an innocent child. The bakers didn\’t like the personal beliefs of the child\’s parents and subsequently refused to make their kid a birthday cake. That\’s right – […]

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NFP: Help! I\’m Being Oppressed!

February 5, AD2014 6 Comments
NFP: Help! I\’m Being Oppressed!

According to some of the commenters on Dr. Kaczor\’s post “Does the Catholic Church Hate Women?” at Strange Notions, I\’m just an oppressed victim of an corrupt hierarchy – or something. Many of the comments on that post (which I thought was excellent, by the way) left me baffled. I have to wonder if these […]

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How To Be A Biblical Literalist

January 9, AD2014 7 Comments
How To Be A Biblical Literalist

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted the article \”Everyone\’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony\” by Rachel Held Evans to her timeline. The title caught my eye because it reminded me of several arguments for same-sex attraction that I\’d heard in my Lutheran days. Sure enough, the crux of the article […]

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An Advent Adoption Story

December 11, AD2013 5 Comments
An Advent Adoption Story

In his December 1 Angelus message, Pope Francis called the season of Advent \”a journey towards the horizon of hope.\” I want to tell you a story about one of the most amazing women I know, and the Advent journey of international adoption that she embarked upon this year. A Heart for Adoption This woman […]

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The Sinner\’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

November 13, AD2013 6 Comments
The Sinner\’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

Have you ever read a book where you find yourself talking out loud in response to what you\’re reading? Simcha Fisher\’s The Sinner\’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (available on Kindle with upcoming publications in Audible and print formats) is definitely one of those books. I can\’t remember how many times I said, “Yes!” or […]

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Examining Scouting Choices

October 16, AD2013 53 Comments
Examining Scouting Choices

My husband wrote what I consider to be an excellent letter to our parish the other day, and he gave me permission to post it in case others like him would find it useful as a template for similar letters. Our fifth child here on earth, a boy, was born on October 7; now that […]

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Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

September 18, AD2013 707 Comments
Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

…or so you’d think if you got all your information about Catholicism from blog comboxes. Not surprisingly, Pope Francis has been in the news lately. The media jumped on his offhand comments about homosexuals, breathlessly reported on a letter he wrote to an atheist, and made much hay over an interview given by the Vatican’s […]

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Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response

August 21, AD2013 81 Comments
Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response

Robert McClory recently wrote an article for the National Catholic* Reporter, opining that Pope Francis should revisit the question of the morality of birth control. As per usual for the Reporter, this dissent from Church teaching contains many problems. Problem #1: Terminology. This is a widespread problem, so I can\’t really fault McClory, but his […]

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NFP: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Body

July 24, AD2013 9 Comments
NFP: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Body

    Visit this website for more on NFP Awareness Week. Shortly before my husband and I were married in the Lutheran church (in which we’d both been baptized and raised) I began taking birth control pills. I hardly thought about it at all; in my sphere of existence, going on the Pill was just something […]

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Jimmy Carter\’s Profound Ignorance

June 26, AD2013 7 Comments
Jimmy Carter\’s Profound Ignorance

One of the more popular quotes in Catholic circles is, \”There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.\” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen This truth is all the more evident when notorious anti-Catholics […]

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