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How is Evangelization Judging?

September 5, AD2014 10 Comments
How is Evangelization Judging?

“Don’t judge me!” A flabbergasted wrinkle joins my forehead. Wait. What? I was just relating to a friend how the Church changed my mind about birth control, or maybe I was posting a funny meme about modest dress, or showing my picture joining a pro-life rally, when I heard those unbelievable words.             How is […]

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A Dark Age of Reason

September 1, AD2014 11 Comments
A Dark Age of Reason

Adam’s sin weakened the will and darkened the intellect of all his progeny. God promised a redeemer to remedy the human condition. Every time I read the address, which Pope Benedict XVI gave in 2006 at the University of Regensburg, I become more impressed with his outline of the surge in faith and reason in […]

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Contraception Leads to Abortion: Come and See

July 22, AD2014 4 Comments
Contraception Leads to Abortion: Come and See

For most of my teen years and early twenties, I openly opposed abortion. When I was occasionally asked if I opposed contraception, too, I always responded like this: “No, I don’t have a problem with contraception, because contraception prevents abortions!” Everyone always agreed with my answer, because it was common sense: Widespread acceptance and use of contraception […]

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Caesar’s Thumb

June 26, AD2014 102 Comments
Caesar’s Thumb

“The sophistry is overwhelming: If I choose and desire my child, then ipso facto I have granted it the right to live, and it will live. But the inverse is equally the case, by means of nothing more or less than my choice: Caesar’s thumb is up, or Caesar’s thumb is down.” Lord Nicholas Windsor, […]

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MARRIAGE: A Well-Defined Union

June 17, AD2014 6 Comments
MARRIAGE:  A Well-Defined Union

“Many well-meaning people think same-sex marriage is just about equality and spreading the benefits of marriage. Its more radical supporters know it’s about destroying marriage itself.”   ~Robinson and Richards, Indivisible “We must continue to witness to the truth about marriage, find new ways to make the reasoned case about what marriage is and work to […]

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Contraception: A Hill Worth Dying On!

February 20, AD2014 14 Comments
Contraception: A Hill Worth Dying On!

  Is contraception “a hill worth dying on”? asks Austin Ruse, one of the Catholic Church in America’s most sage, most lucid commentators. There is no question that the Catholic politician is duty bound to limit and then to stop legal abortion. After all, abortion is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. Protecting the innocent […]

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You Cannot Lose My Love

November 28, AD2013 8 Comments
You Cannot Lose My Love

There is an old saying that says, “You can take a girl out of Texas, but you can’t ever take Texas out of a girl.” Being a born and bred Texan, I always thought this to be true. I have been very blessed to be able to see many other areas of the country, but […]

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Mary Wagner: A Rose is Just a Rose Except in Canada

November 11, AD2013 15 Comments
Mary Wagner:  A Rose is Just a Rose Except in Canada

Imagine this scenario: You are a young girl. You are full of love for others from the tiniest and most defenseless to their mothers who will bore them. You hand one of these mothers a fresh white rose, and a handwritten note. In return, you are put in jail! That imprisonment happened, and is a […]

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Obama’s Shutdown: ‘No Catholic Mass’

October 10, AD2013 18 Comments
Obama’s Shutdown: ‘No Catholic Mass’

When Fr. Ray Leonard arrived to say Sunday Mass at the base chapel on Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base he got an unwelcome surprise: the doors were locked. Signs on the door sent a clear message to Catholic military personnel and their families: “Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice.” Fr. Leonard, who spent ten […]

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Why Not Surrender on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’? Because Consent Makes Marriage

October 8, AD2013 8 Comments
Why Not Surrender on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’? Because Consent Makes Marriage

A few of the skirmishes continue, perhaps, but isn’t the war against so-called “same-sex marriage” effectively over? Aren’t we Catholics on the losing side of a social and cultural shift in which the meaning of marriage is now irrevocably altered? Why continue the fight? Why? Three little words: “Consent makes marriage.” This simple and ancient […]

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The Case of Mr. Holier Than Thunderbolt Versus Mrs. Barest Minimum Catholic

October 3, AD2013 6 Comments
The Case of Mr. Holier Than Thunderbolt Versus Mrs. Barest Minimum Catholic

From where I sit, the online bickering between opinionated Catholics looks like a juicy scene straight out of divorce court. Care to see the eye view from a lawyer’s imagination?  (Note: All characters are fictional.  Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.) The first party, Mr. ‘Holier than Thunderbolt Catholic’ thinks […]

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Who Needs Religious Freedom?

October 3, AD2013 11 Comments
Who Needs Religious Freedom?

It’s ironic. The same day President Obama was in New York lecturing the United Nations on human rights and moral imperatives, a religious congregation of Catholic nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, was in Colorado filing a lawsuit to stop the Obama administration from trampling their religious freedom. According to the Obama administration, the […]

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What is Freedom?

July 4, AD2013 3 Comments
What is Freedom?

For as long as I can remember, Independence Day celebrations, though filled with family gatherings, fireworks and parades, have also called us to reflect on the profound gift of freedom we enjoy in this country and the sacrifices so many have made to create and preserve a free society. I think it’s safe to say […]

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This is Starting to Sound Elizabethan

June 28, AD2013 7 Comments
This is Starting to Sound Elizabethan

Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson wrote a novel Come Rack! Come Rope! about religious persecution during the Elizabethan era in England. This more-than-just-a-novel shows the gradualness of the bullying of Catholics into submission and execution by the British government. And its story is very apropos for the United States today. Robin and Marjorie are two lovers […]

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Why Don’t They Come Here Legally?

June 6, AD2013 58 Comments
Why Don’t They Come Here Legally?

Last week, I had the pleasant surprise of meeting a very well-known figure in Catholic media. We were attending the same conference, and I practically ran into him on my way back from a break. Excitedly, I introduced myself. He very pleasantly told me his name (as if I didn’t know it), and asked, with […]

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Bill, We Will Miss You!

May 27, AD2013 23 Comments
Bill, We Will Miss You!

The recent effort in Nevada to put into law a bill that would provide the same level of protection for religious freedom that the people of twenty eight other states now enjoy, died on Friday afternoon May 17, 2013. All of Bill’s friends and those who would have benefited in the future will miss him […]

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Kermit Gosnell and the Banality of Evil

May 13, AD2013 3 Comments
Kermit Gosnell and the Banality of Evil

\”Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes─crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure─reach the light of day.\” – Sophie Scholl of the White Rose-German dissident, decapitated by the […]

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