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Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

| 03-26-AD2014 | [70]

Hey Wendy, that was some filibuster you did as a state senator, last summer. Wow! 11 hours of non-stop talking in an attempt to defeat a bill that would stop abortion on unborn babies capable of feeling pain. Yet, in spite of all that talking, the bill did pass. Don’t blame yourself though. There were […]

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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

| 03-11-AD2014 | [33]

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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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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Ten Things Pope Francis Could Say to President Obama

Ten Things Pope Francis Could Say to President Obama

| 02-14-AD2014 | [18]

President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27 at the Vatican. Here are a few things I think the Holy Father might say to President Obama. I am sure you have some of your own. Hats off to Matt Archbold at National Catholic Register and Donald R. McClarey at The American Catholic, for […]

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Waltzing With Satan

Waltzing With Satan

| 01-17-AD2014 | [19]

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Polygram, 1995. Film. We live under the delusion that Satan was defeated at Calvary. If you think that assessment is unrealistic take a look around. How often do you hear Satan referenced in a homily? […]

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The Belief Gap: Secularism and Young Adults

The Belief Gap: Secularism and Young Adults

| 01-07-AD2014 | [6]

The Pew Research Center recently released a report, Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now, that offers a revealing look at the growing secularism of America’s young adults. According to Pew, although nine out of ten Americans celebrate Christmas, barely half (51%) view Christmas as primarily a religious holiday. Nearly a third (32%) celebrate […]

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Ideology and Idolatry

Ideology and Idolatry

| 10-25-AD2013 | [5]

A recurring theme of my writing and speaking these past few years has been the need for Catholics to overcome allegiances to political movements, parties, and ideologies. We are called to shape our culture, or at least be a prophetic voice that is unattached to purely temporal causes. My assumption, based on my own journey, […]

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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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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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Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

| 09-18-AD2013 | [226]

…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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What Catholic Foreign Policy Looks Like

What Catholic Foreign Policy Looks Like

| 09-17-AD2013 | [4]

The headline is just a slight tinkering of the title of Andrew McCarthy’s post on National Review Online from the other day. Though McCarthy’s post is about a conservative foreign policy approach, I thought the logic applicable to Catholics as well. McCarthy is looking for a conservative approach to foreign policy that is somewhere between […]

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Our Lady of Peace, Please Pray for Us

Our Lady of Peace, Please Pray for Us

| 09-07-AD2013 | [9]

Lately, I feel like I’m living in Middle Earth; J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical world where death and destruction abound. For anyone who has read Tolkien’s trilogy (The Hobbit, The Twin Towers, and The Return of the King), or at the very least watched Peter Jackson’s film adaptations, you can appreciate this reference. Our world today appears […]

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The Right to Own Property is Important, but Not Absolute

The Right to Own Property is Important, but Not Absolute

| 08-01-AD2013 | [8]

Our political discourse often consists of a back-and-forth discussion between two seemingly irreconcilable extremes. Many on the Left attack those on the Right as radical individualists who care nothing for the common good or for those who are less fortunate and in need of assistance. Many on the Right attack those on the Left as […]

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The Power of Glibness

The Power of Glibness

| 07-23-AD2013 | [7]

The Internet has revolutionized communication and allowed ordinary citizens access to wider audiences, as well as an ability to disseminate information and opinions to ever widening circles. This is both a blessing and a curse. It also has led to the creation of  a certain type of internet celebrity. These are writers of, err, questionable […]

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The Catholic Church is Becoming an Enemy of the State

The Catholic Church is Becoming an Enemy of the State

| 07-20-AD2013 | [37]

All Catholics should justifiably be concerned – especially after actions by the U.S. government during the final two weeks of June. How can anyone doubt that Catholics are in the midst of a real struggle to maintain our religious freedom…even more so than many other faiths. The reality is that the past four weeks is […]

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From Bed to the Public Square

From Bed to the Public Square

| 07-12-AD2013 | [12]

A few years ago Cardinal Francis George of Chicago made a shocking statement regarding the extent of growing religious persecution in the United States; he said, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.” When President Obama blames Ireland’s hard-won […]

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Breaking Silence: Catholics, Contraception, and Same-Sex Marriage

Breaking Silence: Catholics, Contraception, and Same-Sex Marriage

| 07-08-AD2013 | [44]

As the dust settles on the Supreme Court’s marriage rulings, Catholics and other defenders of traditional marriage have stepped forward with new energy and comprehensive strategies to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman. On Redstate.com, Ryan T. Anderson sees the dissenting opinions of Supreme Court Justices Alito, Roberts, and Scalia […]

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U.S. v. Windsor and the Future of Religious Liberty

U.S. v. Windsor and the Future of Religious Liberty

| 07-04-AD2013 | [6]

As we are all aware by now, on June 26 the Supreme Court of the United States issued opinions in the cases of Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor. In Hollingsworth, the Court held that citizens have no legal standing to defend in federal court those initiatives for which they signed petitions, campaigned, […]

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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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Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance

Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance

| 06-26-AD2013 | [7]

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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Using Bad Faith Arguments to Support Immigration Reform

Using Bad Faith Arguments to Support Immigration Reform

| 06-25-AD2013 | [20]

I would like to use this space to talk with you about an issue of the utmost moral importance. It’s an issue where no clear-thinking, righteous Catholic could possibly differ in judgment. Yes, it’s time that Catholics united and stood up for legislation that outlaws the use of incandescent light bulbs. Not only would such […]

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Keep Your Catholicism a Secret!

Keep Your Catholicism a Secret!

| 06-24-AD2013 | [27]

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has made a fool of herself again in public but just in time, she gives relevance to this article that I have been working on. Do those politicians really have any idea what they are talking about? They claim that their Catholicism is firm, but find it inappropriate to “impose” it on others. They […]

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The Right to Keep and Bear Children

The Right to Keep and Bear Children

| 06-13-AD2013 | [8]

In 1968, an ecologist named Garrett Hardin wrote an article for Science magazine titled “The Tragedy of the Commons.” A utilitarian and Malthusian, Hardin argued that the modern welfare state made it possible for people to gain the advantages of large families while socializing their costs. Therefore, the solution to overpopulation must be based in […]

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The Boy Scouts: Newly “Out and Proud”

The Boy Scouts: Newly “Out and Proud”

| 06-05-AD2013 | [23]

Uniformed Boy Scouts marched front and center this past weekend, leading the Utah “gay pride parade“ in Salt Lake City. No matter that officials from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) told the marchers not to wear their uniforms. (BSA policies prohibit Scouts from wearing uniforms while engaging in social or political advocacy.) For these Scouts, […]

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Same-Sex “Marriage” and the Catholic Psychologist

Same-Sex “Marriage” and the Catholic Psychologist

| 06-03-AD2013 | [24]

The State of Minnesota recently passed a law abolishing the commonly accepted definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, and replaced it with a definition that requires only two adults, including two adults of the same sex. The law goes into effect August 1. Consequently, from that date forward, the State will […]

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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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Time for Christians to Exit the Military

Time for Christians to Exit the Military

| 05-15-AD2013 | [30]

There was a great Italian film (and lousy American remake) called Everybody’s Fine. The plot centered on a retired man whose five adult children stood him up during the summer holidays. All of his children created false impressions of happiness and success in their lives, even though their lives were more than a bit of a […]

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