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Life After an Election

November 17, AD 2016 2 Comments
Life After an Election

“Put not your trust in princes,” we are warned (Psalm 146:3). During the last eight years, excepting possibly during the midterm elections, most faithful Catholics have heeded this warning. Let us not forsake it based solely on the fact that the lesser evil won this round of elections. The US elections are over, though I […]

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Election Year: A Time for Mercy

November 9, AD 2016 1 Comment
Election Year: A Time for Mercy

In an election year where there has been so much division, I think we all recognize that there is a widespread experience of disillusionment and disappointment. Not in decades have voters been so dissatisfied with the two leading presidential candidates before them. You have likely shared in more than one conversation that has left you feeling confused, […]

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I still can’t care

November 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
I still can’t care

I am writing this on election night before the official call has come in. Last I heard the presidential race was too close to call. People are freaking out about it all over the internet. Me? Meh. Whoever gets elected tonight will be someone I didn’t vote for, and he or she will still be […]

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Logging Off and Kneeling Down

November 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
Logging Off and Kneeling Down

This election cycle has been extremely rough. Having only lived through a handful of presidential elections, I cannot attest to those that occurred before my time, but this election? It seems uglier, darker, and more contentious than in years past. Personally, I have been keeping up with politics just enough to know that I am […]

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The Near Occasion of Sin and Restroom Debates

June 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Near Occasion of Sin and Restroom Debates

Debates over North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” and Target’s policy of allowing men and women to use a restroom that doesn’t match their biological sex, but comports instead with their gender identity, have flooded social media lately.  Often, if Catholics get into the debate at all, there is a tendency to be heavy handed and dismissive […]

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The Culture War

May 17, AD 2016 4 Comments
The Culture War

In browsing through the latest headlines—and skimming the articles underneath them—I get the impression that the culture wars are anything but cooling down. Despite reports to the contrary, the culture wars are not dead. If anything, they appear to be boiling over, to the extent that some factions want every aspect of life to be […]

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Considerations on the Question of Politics for (American) Catholics

March 15, AD 2016 8 Comments
Considerations on the Question of Politics for (American) Catholics

Several months ago, I started writing a post about how difficult it is to be Catholic during the peak seasons of political campaigns.  Here’s how I started it: While I’ve admittedly not been paying a great deal of attention to the political ruminations of the GOP, I have noticed the absolutely overwhelming press attention that […]

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Just War and Abortion Mill Shootings

December 1, AD 2015 1 Comment
Just War and Abortion Mill Shootings

The recent shootout which took place near and then inside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs is of course a tragedy. It has been fairly widely condemned by pro-life leaders—as it should be. And while there seems to be some discrepancies in the narrative [1], the fact that there have in the past […]

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Militant Scientism

October 7, AD 2015 5 Comments
Militant Scientism

One of my favorite series in science fiction is the “Spiral Arm” series written by Michael Flynn. This series is set in the future, during which mankind has colonized one of the spiral arms of our galaxy, only to fall into a dark age in which much knowledge and even technology is lost. The series […]

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Pope Francis is Human

September 12, AD 2015 4 Comments
Pope Francis is Human

Last month I wrote a post analyzing the National Geographic cover story entitled “Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican”.  I read the article skeptically, expecting to come away feeling frustrated with slanted reporting, and still knowing hardly anything about what Pope Francis was actually doing.  Instead, I found myself enjoying the inside look at the Pope shared […]

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Three True Freedoms

June 10, AD 2015 3 Comments
Three True Freedoms

In my previous column, I mentioned that there are three senses in which we have real freedom, and one sense in which we have false freedom. I then discussed some of the problems of this false freedom. Today, I would like to continue by way of contrast: what are the three real types of freedom? […]

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Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

April 8, AD 2015 1 Comment
Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

Gay “marriage” will threaten, snarl, huff and puff, but we should not fear. For, upon this rock Christ built His Church. It will not fall simply because evil huffs and puffs a little louder.

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Culture War Considerations

March 11, AD 2015 4 Comments
Culture War Considerations

Love is our story, we don’t need to rebrand it or market it. We just need to live it.

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Poor Media Coverage of March For Life

February 19, AD 2015 2 Comments
Poor Media Coverage of March For Life

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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