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Contraception: A Hill Worth Dying On!

Contraception: A Hill Worth Dying On!

| 02-20-AD2014 | [14]

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 from […]

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You Cannot Lose My Love

You Cannot Lose My Love

| 11-28-AD2013 | [8]

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

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

| 11-11-AD2013 | [15]

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’

Obama’s Shutdown: ‘No Catholic Mass’

| 10-10-AD2013 | [18]

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

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

| 10-08-AD2013 | [8]

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

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

| 10-03-AD2013 | [6]

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?

Who Needs Religious Freedom?

| 10-03-AD2013 | [9]

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?

What is Freedom?

| 07-04-AD2013 | [3]

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

This is Starting to Sound Elizabethan

| 06-28-AD2013 | [7]

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?

Why Don’t They Come Here Legally?

| 06-06-AD2013 | [57]

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!

Bill, We Will Miss You!

| 05-27-AD2013 | [23]

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 dearly. […]

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Kermit Gosnell and the Banality of Evil

Kermit Gosnell and the Banality of Evil

| 05-13-AD2013 | [3]

“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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Same-Sex “Marriage”: Why it Matters

Same-Sex “Marriage”: Why it Matters

| 05-09-AD2013 | [20]

Last week Rhode Island legalized same-sex “marriage” adding to an increasing list of states permitting homosexual couples to “marry”. In signing the bill, Gov. Lincoln Chafee said “We are making history.” On that point I will agree with Gov. Chafee and I have little doubt additional states will follow as the social and legislative dominoes […]

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“Do We Want to Know?” Challenging liberal Catholics about abortion—and Obama

“Do We Want to Know?” Challenging liberal Catholics about abortion—and Obama

| 05-06-AD2013 | [9]

Several liberal Catholic journalists—notably Melinda Henneberger of the Washington Post and Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter —are openly wrestling with the arbitrary rationale and “Orwellian” language  (“it’s not a baby unless and until we say it’s a baby”) surrounding late-term abortion. They also, quite rightly, question President Obama’s sincerity on the issue. […]

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Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty?

Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty?

| 05-01-AD2013 | [19]

A few weeks ago I was reading the inestimable Simcha Fisher’s excellent National Catholic Register article titled, “Who Is to Blame for Kermit Gosnell?” Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I read the comments as well. Commenter Rob said, as part of a larger comment, “What’s disturbing to me, as a non-Catholic, is the fact […]

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Oh What A Tangled Web They Weave

Oh What A Tangled Web They Weave

| 04-22-AD2013 | [5]

The homicide of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, Part II In last month’s article, we read how the legal system condemned an innocent, disabled woman to suffer a cruel and tortuous death. But when one looks at all the players involved in Terri Schiavo’s case, it’s crystal clear that she was merely a pawn in a much larger […]

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Passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

| 04-11-AD2013 | [14]

In my last piece for Catholic Stand, I discussed the effort in Kentucky to adopt a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the surprisingly vocal opposition that effort inspired. Though Governor Steve Beshear did veto the bill, the General Assembly ultimately overrode the veto. I believe there are several useful lessons to be learned from […]

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When the Law Falls Short

When the Law Falls Short

| 04-11-AD2013 | [5]

Since I entered the legal profession I have often recalled simple but wise words shared by a professor during a first year course. I remember him telling our class filled with bright-eyed aspiring attorneys to never forget that “the law is a blunt instrument.” Of all I learned during law school, these words, more than […]

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The Homicide of Terri Schindler-Schiavo

The Homicide of Terri Schindler-Schiavo

| 03-25-AD2013 | [21]

  “Why Have You Forsaken Me?”  As Holy Week begins and we reflect on the passion of Jesus Christ, it is especially appropriate to remember another person who eight years ago at this time was subjected to a tortuous, brutal and heinous death – one whose anniversary falls this year on Easter Sunday: Terri Schindler-Schiavo. And just as the Church now ushers in our new Pope Francis, I am reminded how two days after […]

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Meet the Darlings of Class Action Lawsuits

Meet the Darlings of Class Action Lawsuits

| 03-21-AD2013 | [10]

What has me scratching my head like a dandruff shampoo commercial is the popularity of organic foods to maintain healthy, digestive systems inconsistently co-existing with the nonchalance of pumping women’s reproductive systems with artificial birth control. Is it because women out there haven’t heard the dangerous truth over the racket of pharmaceutical companies, politicians behind […]

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Libertarianism: Now More Than Ever

Libertarianism: Now More Than Ever

| 02-06-AD2013 | [7]

For my first post at Catholic Stand, I will introduce you to a combination of two things you may not be accustom to seeing together: Catholicism and libertarianism. Indeed, some Catholic authors have made a special effort to demonstrate that the two are utterly incompatible. By the end of this post, however, you will see […]

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