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In Defense of the Elders

July 22, AD2014 0 Comments
In Defense of the Elders

Action, fantasy, westerns, or any movie including a hero and a villain will usually peek my interest. The Marvel films captured my imagination’s child-like side. The side which wants to believe in the ultimate triumph of good through the feats of a few broken yet resilient individuals who refuse to admit defeat for no other […]

Contraception Leads to Abortion: Come and See

July 22, AD2014 0 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 […]

Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

July 22, AD2014 0 Comments
Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

The story of two homosexual men in Texas who became fathers of twin boys via a surrogate appeared in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago, posted by a woman voicing her support for the men and her anger over their legal predicament. Each man is the biological father of one twin, and each wants […]

There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us

July 21, AD2014 11 Comments
There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us

We have seen them in our imagination when we first hear of a pregnancy. We may see them in an ultrasound and marvel as they show us the first outlines of their tiny selves. It is a self that will not soon enough burst out into the open air with a loud hello that informs us that our lives […]

Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

July 19, AD2014 41 Comments
Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

I am appalled by commentators and writers who quickly denounce Pope Francis, often misinterpreting or twisting the meaning of his comments by taking them out of context. These critics are acting like the ‘ the accuser of our brethren… which accused them before our God day and night’. [Revelation 12:7-12] They seem poised, ready to pounce on any hint of […]

May It Be Evident to Everyone

July 19, AD2014 13 Comments
May It Be Evident to Everyone

St. Paul reminds us in his Pastoral Epistle to live out our faith so that it “may be evident to everyone.”  [1 Timothy 4:14-16] How is that working for you? For example, while waiting for Mass to begin, do you analyze the people around you? Critique their choice of clothing? Hairstyle? Makeup? How they worship? […]

Catholicism and Freemasonry

July 19, AD2014 58 Comments
Catholicism and Freemasonry

Way back in 1738, Pope Clement XII wrote an encyclical, In Eminenti, banning Catholics from joining the Freemasons.  Catholics are still forbidden from joining the Freemasons. Let’s take a look at why Pope Clement’s prohibition on Catholics becoming Freemasons still stands today, some 276 years later. History For some historical background, the modern Freemasons were […]

Temperance: Losing and Finding It

July 18, AD2014 3 Comments
Temperance: Losing and Finding It

Today on Facebook, a friend posted what might be thought of as sage advice. Take a look here. At first, it seems to deal with not losing your temper. Many of my friends and colleagues may like this advice. It’s so practical. So, it was not by chance, I decide, that an article also appeared today in Huffington Post entitled “Sophia – […]

Desperately Seeking Community

July 18, AD2014 3 Comments
Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My Dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness. Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my way through […]

The Misused Charity Proverb

July 18, AD2014 3 Comments
The Misused Charity Proverb

While I had already chosen my message for this month’s article, it was further reinforced when I attended Mass a few weeks ago because it gave me yet another example to discuss. I will get to that story a little later. “Charity begins at home” is a common proverb, although not one from the Bible’s […]