Culture War Consider...

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

Poor Media Coverage ...

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?

In Iraq, Little Chur...

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 . Earlier in June of this year, on the Feast of the First Roman martyrs,...

America: Individuall...

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.

Joan of Arc: Model o...

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.

Five Things Pope Fra...

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 blog posts...

The Slavery of Secul...

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...

Bundy v The Catechis...

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...

Nothing Changes

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...

Catholic Youth, Unit...

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...

We Need to Hear More...

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...

Why I Love the Sinne...

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...

Cardinal Dolan, Can ...

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...

Come Over Here and S...

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...

Minding the Monarchi...

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...

Tyrannical Charity

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...

They Are of the Fles...

I am the son of refugees. Almost three decades ago, my parents escaped from the brutal Khmer Rouge (French: “Red Cambodians”) regime in Cambodia. Their leader, Pol Pot, and his ilk sought to turn Cambodia back to a utopian “Year Zero” and impose their Maoist-Communist ideology upon the...

Medical Ethics: An A...

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...

Is Dialogue Impossib...

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...

The Tragedy in Texas

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...

I Love You: An Idiot...

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...

The Convenience of E...

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...

Being Caring (and Ca...

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....

The Pagans are Happy...

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...

Catholics and Conspi...

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...

Catholics, Marriage,...

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...

Witness

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,...

The Strange Case of ...

At this point, the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar is “old” news, in that most people have been at least somewhat aware of of it. Most people in the Catholic and pro-life blogsopheres—to say nothing of the ideologues who oppose us—who will comment on it have already posted...

Moving Past the Elec...

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What Are We Holding ...

I was inspired to re-post this article after reading Cristina Montes”s On Spe Salvi and The Lord of the Rings.  I would highly recommend that one read her article first, and then read this as a follow-up meditation. In light of the most recent presidential election, the continued...

The Government Is No...

Living in Europe (and more specifically, Portugal) has been tough in terms of politics lately. I would venture to say even tougher than in America, even with this thorny election. Today is another day in many recently when Portugal is on strike or protesting in the streets. Today is a...

The Year of Faith, America, and the Election Nov10

The Year of Faith, A...

My thoughts on the Year of Faith have taken a whole new turn with the re-election of President Obama. I”ve avoided discussing political issues up until now, because, frankly, I don”t understand a lot of them.  But with the re-election of President Obama, I’m recognizing that...

#Ivoted

So wow. How about that election, huh? Don’t worry all you election weary people; this post is not going to go into a political recap complete with my personal impressions of party platforms, voter turnout, the Electoral College, etc, etc, etc. In the words of Hank Hill, I think we’ve all...

Good News and Bad Ne...

The campaign is finally over! Whether your guy won or lost, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax, maybe even mend some strained relationships. But, here’s the bad news: the fight isn’t over; it’s only just beginning. The responsibility we have as citizens and Catholics only begins...

“Serious”...

“We may never be faced with the big decision for or against Christ, but we are faced fifty times a day with the little decisions for or against Him.” – Dr. Kevin Hughes Recently I was talking to a friend and we were lamenting the appearance of brochures in parishes that are...

It’s Time to F...

A couple of months ago I logged-on to find the following e-mail appropriately shuffled into my high priority inbox: “How you do keep your hope?  Obamacare is constitutional, Oreo cookie is now supporting “love”, HHS mandate…. I feel utter pain in my chest right now seeing the...

From the Belly of th...

“Can a man who’s warm understand one who’s freezing?” This is the question pondered by Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, a prisoner at a forced-labor camp in the Soviet Gulag system. Shukhov is the imagined narrator of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich....

6 One issue votes an...

The one issue voter is dead.  Today’s elections are no longer about a single issue.  Here is a list of One Issues: Abortion Euthanasia Embryonic stem cell research “Same-sex” so called marriage Human cloning Other direct assaults: actions against religious liberty, genocide, torture,...

Death with Dignity a...

Our society is very fond of euphemisms. We like to wrap up difficult ideas and realities with words that make us feel warm and fuzzy, or at least distract us from the real meaning behind the word or phrase we are using. Phrases like pass away, friendly fire, and letting someone go, litter...

Who I’m Voting For Oct23

Who I’m Voting...

No, I will not write his name on the ballot. I believe that voting for a third party, a third person, is a symbolic act. In the case of a presidential election, a symbolic act is about as good as handing a symbolic cup of water to a man dying of thirst in the desert. I get the impulse....