Category: Politics

Poor Media Coverage of March For Life

Poor Media Coverage of March For Life

[ 2 ] February 19, AD 2015 |

I am astonished, but not surprised, that the mainstream media still does not report on the March for Life. How can you ignore hundreds of thousands of people?

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In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

[ 7 ] July 28, AD 2014 |

Writing in the 2nd century, Tertullian once famously said that the blood of martyrs if the seed of the Church. If this is true, then the consequences of this are even more acutely felt today in the 20th century, where more Christians have been martyred than in all the previous centuries combined. Earlier in June […]

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America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

[ 2 ] July 2, AD 2014 |

Rather than view the American emphasis on individuals as a prideful perspective that promotes hubris, I believe the American emphasis on the individual is not only compatible with our faith, but is incredibly Catholic….Why? Because, when we stop and look at it, we must agree that God is all about the individual.

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Joan of Arc: Model of Strength

Joan of Arc: Model of Strength

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

In our glorification of Joan’s work and martyrdom, I believe it becomes a temptation to gloss over the Joan of Arc who was tried before being burned at the stake. The Joan who was taken to trial is the Joan we should – and can – aspire to be, because the Joan at trial was incredibly human.

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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

[ 2 ] May 10, AD 2014 |

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

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The Slavery of Secular Freedom

The Slavery of Secular Freedom

[ 9 ] April 23, AD 2014 |

Introduction America was an experiment whose formation defied most of the current political systems at the time of her founding. A group of former colonists found themselves with opportunities and fundamental rights that they otherwise could never have imagined under the strict social class system of Great Britain. For example, the right to vote was […]

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Bundy v The Catechism

Bundy v The Catechism

[ 2 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

By now, everyone has probably heard about the situation between the Bundy Ranch and the Bureau of Land Management. If you haven’t, just Google “Bundy Ranch and the BLM” and then pick your politically biased poison. In brief, a rancher in Nevada named Cliven Bundy has been illegally grazing his cows on federal land for […]

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Nothing Changes

Nothing Changes

[ 3 ] April 10, AD 2014 |

By now, those who have been monitoring the events in the Philippines know that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional the Reproductive Health Law except for eight provisions. In a nutshell, this means that state-sponsored, state-subsidized contraception remains in place. However, the nullification of certain provisions of the law means, among other things, that private […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through being active […]

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We Need to Hear More from The Dads

We Need to Hear More from The Dads

[ 2 ] January 23, AD 2014 |

I was watching the Pro-Life March on Washington for most of the day yesterday. I’ve smiled at how young the protesters look, marveled at the immense size of the crowd, and listened intently to the speakers. I’m in awe of this whole pro-life movement and how they continue to stand up for their fellow human […]

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Why I Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

Why I Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

[ 12 ] January 3, AD 2014 |

I recently read an article on Huffington Post entitled “Why I Can’t Say ‘Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin’ Anymore.” The author, Micah Murray, is obviously a very caring individual, and I understand where he is coming from. He hates the idea that we would see gays – or anyone – as someone substandard, someone who is “other” […]

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Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

[ 8 ] December 4, AD 2013 |

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot […]

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Come Over Here and SayThat to My Face

Come Over Here and SayThat to My Face

[ 5 ] November 29, AD 2013 |

Rape, incest, and mother’s life…oh, and abused children. Better aborted than abused. How many times have we heard these “acceptable” exceptions to an outright ban on abortions? It is easy to understand and even sympathize with the mindset that finds these exceptions to be allowable. No sane person wants to inflict further suffering on someone […]

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Minding the Monarchical Church

Minding the Monarchical Church

[ 6 ] November 12, AD 2013 |

The Church functions within a monarchical structure – this is important to remember. In addition to this, though, Her system applies to operations in the political realm. There is indeed a necessary temporal aspect to the Church. The Pope, essentially, operates as a monarch. He may choose to convoke councils and synods, which act as […]

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Tyrannical Charity

Tyrannical Charity

[ 1 ] November 6, AD 2013 |

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished those of us who ostentatiously […]

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Medical Ethics: An Absent Church, God

Medical Ethics: An Absent Church, God

[ 1 ] September 1, AD 2013 |

A Reflection With the advent of possible military action in Syria as well as a number of other issues, the HHS mandate and the controversy surrounding it has shifted to the background. As we began our medical ethics class I recalled the words of Cardinal George (Chicago) where he said, What will happen if the […]

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Is Dialogue Impossible Now?

Is Dialogue Impossible Now?

[ 10 ] July 18, AD 2013 |

I am taking a break this month from my video game apologia to address a real problem I’m seeing in modern discussion about anything controversial. This  problem can be viewed across the political/social/cultural spectrum and is strangling the lines of communication. What I am referring to is the inability and unwillingness of people to represent […]

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The Tragedy in Texas

The Tragedy in Texas

[ 4 ] July 15, AD 2013 |

Just a few nights ago, Texas passed legislation banning abortions after twenty weeks, as well as enforcing greater health restrictions on abortion facilities. Much of this was done in response to the horrible work of Kevin Gosnell. As a result, pro-lifers cheered on the victory, while pro-abortion activists believed the bill to be anti-women and […]

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I Love You: An Idiot’s Apology to Any Skeptic

I Love You: An Idiot’s Apology to Any Skeptic

[ 7 ] July 12, AD 2013 |

I love you. Regardless of your viewpoints, actions, successes, failures, rants, and sexuality. I love you in spite of anything and everything you could do to me. I’d love you just as much if you put me in prison as if you somehow elected me president. I’ll love you if you reciprocate and I’ll love […]

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The Convenience of Equality

The Convenience of Equality

[ 8 ] July 7, AD 2013 |

The topic of marriage is no stranger to Americans in recent weeks. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split decision, ruled that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) was unconstitutional because it failed to offer homosexuals “equal protection under the law” and that the purpose of DOMA is to “humiliate” and “injure” homosexuals who seek […]

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Being Caring (and Careful) When Facing “Hail Satan”

Being Caring (and Careful) When Facing “Hail Satan”

[ 7 ] July 6, AD 2013 |

I’m not much of a Twitter person, but a happenstance check on the site today revealed a uniquely befitting paradox: the words “Hail Satan” were trending, because pro-lifers were using them often – to describe, of course, what pro-abortion activists were saying in Texas. Apparently, someone had caught a video of pro-abortionists chanting the phrase […]

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The Pagans are Happy to Socialize Your Children

The Pagans are Happy to Socialize Your Children

[ 69 ] June 24, AD 2013 |

A few weeks ago I wrote something criticizing public schooling over this incident. It got the ire up of friends and family members, many of whom have spent decades of their lives teaching and working in public schools. They vehemently disagreed with my portrayal of public schooling. I reflected on what, exactly, bothered me about […]

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Catholics and Conspiracy Theories

Catholics and Conspiracy Theories

[ 6 ] June 20, AD 2013 |

The Internet is a great source for conspiracy theories. YouTube especially is rife with ominously voiced over expository segments on the Illuminati and the New World Order, most likely pored over by an inappropriately bearded man in a bomb shelter in the middle of the Adirondacks.  It’s a perfect forum for such theorizing. Anyone with […]

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Catholics, Marriage, and the Supreme Court

Catholics, Marriage, and the Supreme Court

[ 2 ] May 15, AD 2013 |

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently issued a letter entitled “Marriage and the Supreme Court.”  This bulletin insert, to be distributed nationwide, is nothing particularly earth-shaking.  It describes the two cases presently before the court, and provides information on what people can do to advocate for marriage as defined by Christian Tradition. Of course this […]

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Witness

Witness

[ 6 ] November 28, AD 2012 |

Over the past several weeks, faithful Catholics have been circling the wagons in an attempt to understand what’s gone wrong with the culture, and what one ought to do going forward.  The recent election, more than any other in recent history, has struck a nerve. But don’t worry, I’m not writing about the election today.  […]

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