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The Sinner Marching Next to Me

October 3, AD2014 98 Comments
The Sinner Marching Next to Me

I love weekday morning Mass at my church. It is personal, loving, and closer to what I think the Masses must have been like for the early Christians. Only people who really need to come to Mass come to 8am; and we greet one another like old pals walking into the neighborhood bar. We know […]

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Holy War, Catholic Style

September 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Holy War, Catholic Style

The headlines are graphic and sickening. Christians are being murdered systematically in the Middle East. It seems that while we look on in horror, the world is simply standing and staring in amazement. Unfortunately in some cases, even apathy prevails. As the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings on the matter this week, they were interrupted twice by […]

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ISIS and the Just War Doctrine

September 11, AD2014 23 Comments
ISIS and the Just War Doctrine

Let’s not go to war with ISIS.  I know, radical idea; and honestly, I understand why so many people want to. The Islamic State is brutally destroying the Christian foothold in the Middle East. They’ve produced hundreds, if not thousands, of martyrs; and they’re desecrating Christian holy land, in the name of an extremist version […]

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The Identity of a Woman

August 7, AD2014 3 Comments
The Identity of a Woman

As if identity politics weren’t bad enough, it’s taken a turn for the bizarre. In New Yorker magazine, Michelle Goldberg tells us of an ongoing struggle between radical feminists and the “transgendered” — a term that includes not only pre-op and post-op transsexuals, but also men and women who for their own reasons wish to […]

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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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The Century of the Self: We the Sheeple

June 12, AD2014 10 Comments
The Century of the Self:  We the Sheeple

If you’ve got about four hours to spare — better make it five, for the occasional break — watch all four parts of the 2002 BBC documentary miniseries The Century of the Self. Written and directed by Adam Curtis, The Century of the Self explores the rise of public relations and marketing, as well as […]

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Boko Haram: How Should Christians Understand It?

May 26, AD2014 18 Comments
Boko Haram: How Should Christians Understand It?

The translation into English of the common name of this politicial/religious group in Nigeria has resulted in several iterations. “The People of the Book (Christians) are harmful”, “Non-Islamic education is a sin”, and “Boko…something (an idea or object) that involves a fraud or any form of deception” from a more academic source. This group has […]

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I’m a Criminal, a Bigot, and my Rosary is on Your Ovaries

May 19, AD2014 27 Comments
I’m a Criminal, a Bigot, and my Rosary is on Your Ovaries

Recently, after successfully getting through airport security, I began to reassemble my luggage and myself. I overheard the man behind me apologize. “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought containers could be 4 ounces.” “No, sir, it’s 3.5 ounces.” I watched a TSA agent confiscate the offending items in the quest for safer skies. I did not […]

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Conspiracies And Catholicism: Life Science

May 7, AD2014 8 Comments
Conspiracies And Catholicism: Life Science

“Quit forcing your religion on me! Your Pope might think that a fertilized egg is alive, that it’s human, but that’s your opinion. I believe in science! It’s no more a person than a skin cell is, and you just think it has a soul. If abortion upsets you, you should get people to use birth […]

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Progressives, When is Your Progress Complete?

May 1, AD2014 81 Comments
Progressives, When is Your Progress Complete?

\”We all want progress, but if you\’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.\”  — C.S. Lewis Progressives, this post is for you. I have a question for you that is real and weighty […]

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Human. Human. Human.

April 28, AD2014 3 Comments
Human. Human. Human.

Facebook brings us many people talking about and linking to many things, not all of them just, kind, or beautiful. Today, my feed had lots of anxious angry frustrated and irritated posts. I suppose I could have closed my computer, but the theme indicated a serious lack of charity, one which I know as Catholics, […]

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Wendy Davis, Let\’s Talk

March 26, AD2014 75 Comments
Wendy Davis, Let\’s Talk

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

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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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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Ten Things Pope Francis Could Say to President Obama

February 14, AD2014 18 Comments
Ten Things Pope Francis Could Say to President Obama

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

January 17, AD2014 19 Comments
Waltzing With Satan

\”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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