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Author Archive: Anthony S. Layne

Born in Albuquerque, N. Mex., and raised in Omaha, Nebr., Anthony S. Layne served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corps, and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a sociology major while holding a variety of jobs. Tony was a "C-and-E Catholic" until, while defending the Faith during the scandals of 2002, he discovered the beauty of Catholic orthodoxy. He currently lives in Denton, Texas, works in the home-mortgage industry in Dallas, participates in his parish's Knights of Columbus council, and bowls poorly on Sunday nights. Along with Catholic Stand, he also contributes to New Evangelization Monthly and occasionally writes for his own blogs, Outside the Asylum and The Impractical Catholic.

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Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

February 11, AD2017 1 Comment
Give Us This Day Our Supersubstantial Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread” … what does that mean? On the surface, it’s a simple acknowledgment that the things we need to live all have their source in God, as well as a request that our needs for the day be provided. However, hiding under that simple word “daily” is many centuries’ […]

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Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

January 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Hume, His Guillotine, and the Being of Ought

You probably had your first experience of reality long before you were born, in your mother’s womb. From that experience, a small handful of crucial ideations were created. It was your first experience of otherness, as well as your first experience of selfness because I came in contact with something that was not I. This is […]

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How the Religious Right Destroyed Itself

October 21, AD2016 33 Comments
How the Religious Right Destroyed Itself

The year 2016 will go into the history books as the year the Religious Right destroyed itself. Instead of trusting in the Lord, the Religious Right, fearful of the future and unwilling to accept an honorable defeat, bowed down in worship not so much to a golden calf as to a copper-toned ass. The Failure […]

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Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

August 28, AD2016 3 Comments
Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

  There’s a certain freedom in powerlessness, the loss of control. Recently, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote that the “astonishing flaws” of both major candidates was “depressing and liberating at the same time. Depressing, because it’s proof of how polarized the nation has become. Liberating, because for the honest voter, it’s much easier this year […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare: Correction

August 23, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare: Correction

On August 13, 2016, Catholic Stand published “The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare”, by Ramon Antonio A. Aldana. As Mr. Aldana’s managing editor, I was responsible for setting the essay up for publication. However, in doing so, I neglected to change the author’s field, which defaulted to “Anthony S. Layne”. As a consequence, […]

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Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

August 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

  The Mass readings for this last Sunday, August 7, have as their common theme trust in the Lord. Another word for this trust is faith. For us in the beginning of the twenty-first century, the idea of faith has something of an air of “buying a pig in a poke” to it, or of […]

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Men and the Rape Conversation

June 11, AD2016 4 Comments
Men and the Rape Conversation

  Recent events in the story of convicted rapist Brock Turner force the conversation about rape into a deeper understand of this complicated subject. It is a multifarious conversation, touching upon sex, consent, sexual differentiation, women’s equality, and college campus culture, among other things. But in many respects, it is the wrong conversation, full of […]

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Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth

April 23, AD2016 22 Comments
Amoris Laetitia and the Progressive Pope Myth

In a discussion of the God-as-watchmaker metaphor with Jonathan Witt, philosopher Jay Richards remarked, “It’s amazing how a simple image can hijack a discussion for a century and a half.” (Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, p. 54) Almost as soon as he […]

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Casting Your Vote as a Faithful Catholic

February 12, AD2016 45 Comments
Casting Your Vote as a Faithful Catholic

Here we are, coming into the backstretch of the quadrennial presidential election cycle. Of course, from here on out, you’re going to have your eyes and sensibilities assaulted by talking heads telling you for whom you should vote — or, at least, traducing and belittling every candidate but the ones they prefer. Many of the […]

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How Should We Honor Our Elderly Parents?

January 16, AD2016 3 Comments
How Should We Honor Our Elderly Parents?

  In response to Dr. Denise Hunnell’s December 29, 2015 Catholic Stand post, “Family Life as ‘Domestic Pilgrimage’”, a loyal reader brought up a question in regards to the Fourth Commandment, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (Exodus 20:12; […]

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The Politics of American Narcissism

November 26, AD2015 23 Comments
The Politics of American Narcissism

Egotist, n.: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. —Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary In 2000, you probably could have asked twenty of your friends and coworkers and found only one person who knew something about narcissism. Fifteen years and a gazillion selfies later, narcissism and narcissist are tools of […]

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The Impractical Catholic’s Guide to Infallibility

October 10, AD2015 34 Comments
The Impractical Catholic’s Guide to Infallibility

There are two common and distinct approaches to the question of the infallibility of the Church’s teaching authority. Non-Catholics deny that any human person or institution can be infallible in any meaningful way. Many Catholics, by contrast, hold that the Church can and does teach infallibly on matters pertaining to faith and morals — except […]

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Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

August 27, AD2015 7 Comments
Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

  The fallout from the Ashley Madison “data dump” has only begun. Much of the media attention has focused on B-list celebrity Josh Duggar, from his parents’ broken hearts to the inevitable amateur long-distance psychoanalysis and condemnations of the purity movement. However, sidebars do go into the hundreds of federal employees who have accessed the […]

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Christianity “Found Difficult and Left Untried”

July 6, AD2015 3 Comments
Christianity “Found Difficult and Left Untried”

Of course, I mean that Catholicism was not tried; plenty of Catholics were tried, and found guilty. My point is that the world did not tire of the church’s ideal, but of its reality. Monasteries were impugned not for the chastity of monks, but for the unchastity of monks. Christianity was unpopular not because of […]

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Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

April 2, AD2015 33 Comments
Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

“We are an Easter people, and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!” These words are attributed to St. John Paul II. And, indeed, he did deliver them; once, during an address at a black parish in Harlem in 1979, and again before leading the congregation in the Angelus at a Mass in Adelaide, Australia, in 1986. However, […]

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Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am

March 6, AD2015 2 Comments
Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am

As I write this article, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is giving some young cyberpunks a much-needed lesson in moral facts. Here’s the story: Last week, Schilling’s daughter Gabrielle was accepted by Salve Regina University on a baseball scholarship. (According to Wikipedia, Schilling is a “born-again Christian”.) As proud daddies want to do in […]

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Time For Catholics to Leave the Democrats?

November 7, AD2014 18 Comments
Time For Catholics to Leave the Democrats?

The Humanae Vitae Schism Now that the election is over, the post-game analysis and forecasts for the coming sessions will occupy the media for at least the next week or so. It’s also a good time to consider whether it makes sense for faithful Catholics to remain tied to the Democrat Party. Catholicism is the […]

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Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

September 19, AD2014 18 Comments
Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

Taxonomy of the “Hitler Card” Fallacy The Fallacy Files website, which is devoted to exploring and exploding errors in reasoning, gives the following forms for “the Hitler card” fallacy (also called the “ad Hitlerum” or “ad Naziarum”): Forms Adolf Hitler accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be wrong. The Nazis accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be […]

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The Identity of a Woman

August 7, AD2014 3 Comments
The Identity of a Woman

As if identity politics weren’t bad enough, it’s taken a turn for the bizarre. In New Yorker magazine, Michelle Goldberg tells us of an ongoing struggle between radical feminists and the “transgendered” — a term that includes not only pre-op and post-op transsexuals, but also men and women who for their own reasons wish to […]

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