Category: Social Teaching

Catholic Canines

Catholic Canines

[ 1 ] October 22, AD 2014 |

It’s a very long story, but suffice it to say, my husband and I are planning to bring home a dog at the end of this week. Many people have expressed interest (to put it nicely) in why we are bringing home a dog when we do not yet have and are not currently expecting […]

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ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

[ 2 ] September 10, AD 2014 |

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Redemptive Suffering

Redemptive Suffering

[ 7 ] August 5, AD 2014 |

The fear of suffering, pain, and death may seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain, loneliness, and death. Money, power, and other earthly […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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Theology of Suffering

Theology of Suffering

[ 4 ] June 8, AD 2014 |

When I was a teenager and with the Boy Scouts (i.e., Venture Scouts), I went to Manatoba, Canada to do a Northern Tier trek canoeing expedition. We arrived at a small town with a population of about 90, and got on a little puddle-jumper plane that flew us over the beautiful landscape and dropped us […]

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Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

[ 5 ] June 4, AD 2014 |

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about mixed marriages–from friends, from Catholic bloggers, etc etc.  I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a little about them before but always hesitated because I didn’t want to write something like a diatribe, or something painfully tangential.  And I will say at the beginning of this article that […]

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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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Approaching Dignity, Skipping the Spin

Approaching Dignity, Skipping the Spin

[ 18 ] April 18, AD 2014 |

Last weekend, I was one of the speakers at a pro-life rally in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. I’d never spoken at such an event, but, because I do believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every human life, which includes the unborn, I said yes. And after all, if there is any topic that can inform and bolster […]

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Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

[ 0 ] April 12, AD 2014 |

Brandon Vogt has written a masterpiece in Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (OSV, May 2014). Brandon’s writing and theological talents have been sharpened to the tenth degree with Saint-master  mentor, Bert Ghezzi (author of Voices of the Saints) and Word on Fire powerhouses Steve Grunow and Father Robert Barron in […]

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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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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

[ 0 ] March 21, AD 2014 |

My last article was the beginning of a brief series on how young Catholics (myself included) can answer Pope Francis’ call to be a force for Christ and his Church. Now, I’d like to discuss the next step. As I mentioned last time, we can’t stay in the parish forever. In order to continue moving […]

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Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three

[ 2 ] February 12, AD 2014 |

When then Cardinal Wojtyla arrived at the Second Vatican Council, he had one question. What happened? Up until the 20th century, mankind was trekking along pretty OK. Yes, there were hardships, yes there was fighting, but in general mankind was doing OK… at least in terms of 100 year increments. Then something happened. Something in […]

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Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Two

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Two

[ 4 ] January 29, AD 2014 |

To pro-“choicers,” they really are more pro-child than pro-lifers. Why? Because pro-“choicers” don’t believe that a child should be forced upon a mother who doesn’t want him.

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Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

[ 1 ] January 24, AD 2014 |

In a similar vein to my post about Duck Dynasty and A&E’s clear message to Christians, I wanted to recall attention to this article posted on Salon, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” and examine the 2014 attitude towards abortion from those who defend it. The piece is just about a year old now, but […]

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