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When Government & Values Conflict

November 23, AD2014 1 Comment
When Government & Values Conflict

Thursday night, President Barak Obama spoke publicly of his plans to invoke an executive order allowing millions of those who entered America illegally and those who have stayed beyond their visas to remain in the United States without threat of deportation. Before the speech was finished, the division such an executive order would affect was obvious forcing some to face how often […]

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Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

November 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

In just a few days, the Church will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. I never used to be good at remembering feast days or even knowing about them before they happened, but now it’s kind of my job — which has been a huge blessing for my own personal prayer life. I have […]

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Time For Catholics to Leave the Democrats?

November 7, AD2014 16 Comments
Time For Catholics to Leave the Democrats?

The Humanae Vitae Schism Now that the election is over, the post-game analysis and forecasts for the coming sessions will occupy the media for at least the next week or so. It’s also a good time to consider whether it makes sense for faithful Catholics to remain tied to the Democrat Party. Catholicism is the […]

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Elections and Eternity

November 4, AD2014 19 Comments
Elections and Eternity

Election and Division The juxtaposition of All Soul’s Day and Election Day should cause us to pause and ponder. The first is a feast designed to remind us that we are not created merely for this temporal existence but for eternity. We pray for the dead because we know their souls live on. Election Day, […]

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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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