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Author Archive: Gene Van Son

Gene M. Van Son is retired after spending 35 years in the automobile business working for two of the Big 3 Automakers as a writer and editor, and then as a project manager in the areas of satellite communications and wireless technology. Originally from the Chicago area he has now resided in the Detroit area for more than half his life. He is a cradle Catholic who attended a Catholic grade school, high school and university. He has been married for 42 years to the love of his life, who is a certified Catechist, and they have three sons. He is now putting his BA in Journalism to use researching and writing about topics and issues that interest him. In addition to writing for Catholic Stand he has also had articles and essays published at www.AmericanThinker.com and at www.crisesmagazine.com .

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The Catholic Church in Detroit is Unleashing the Gospel

September 19, AD2017 10 Comments
The Catholic Church in Detroit is Unleashing the Gospel

The Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit is getting “turbocharged.” At least that is what George Weigel says. In a recent article at First Things entitled “Motown and the Turbocharged Church”, Weigel had nothing but good things to say about Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s plan to “Unleash the Gospel” in the archdiocese. “Motown may no […]

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Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

September 7, AD2017 73 Comments
Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

It’s almost enough to make a good Catholic want to become a hermit. The Amoris Laetitia (AL) controversy – the dubia, the Maltese Fiasco, and the German Bishops’ AL guidelines – have all made for some riveting reading in recent months. And the controversy does not appear to have an end in sight. Now a […]

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Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

July 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

God was here right from the start.  Our unalienable rights were given to us by God. “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to […]

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Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

April 7, AD2017 1 Comment
Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire.  It’s a fact-based historical drama that just happens to deliver a very Christian message. The movie focuses on two English athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics – Eric Liddell and his rival Harold Abrahams. Liddell, a Scot and a devout Christian, refuses to run in […]

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The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

March 23, AD2017 10 Comments
The Easter Bunny is a Protestant

Most people know that Martin Luther kick started the Reformation and got Protestantism rolling.  Not too many people know that Luther also inadvertently helped commercialize Easter. It was Martin Luther’s Lutherans who came up with that cute little critter known as the Easter Bunny. According to history.com “the Easter bunny reportedly was introduced to America by […]

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HBOs “The Young Pope” is Absurdity Masquerading as Art

February 2, AD2017 5 Comments
HBOs “The Young Pope” is Absurdity Masquerading as Art

If you have not been watching HBO’s The Young Pope you haven’t missed anything of any consequence.  All you’ve missed is some really well photographed surreal absurdity. If Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino is Catholic, or was raised Catholic and still claims to be Catholic, he needs to go to confession. Yesterday, if not sooner.  And […]

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Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

January 27, AD2017 15 Comments
Bad Reporting, a Biased Media, and Anti-Catholicism

You really have to be careful where you get your news these days. The mainstream media, and even many online news sites, just can’t be trusted.  The news can be a real wasteland. A case in point is the recent headline on a story on Yahoo News – “Pope warns against populism and ‘saviours’ like […]

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Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

November 17, AD2016 28 Comments
Survey Says Many Protestants Believe More Like Catholics

Heresy is running rampant in America. At least that’s what the headline on a recent article at The Federalist said. The article, “Survey Finds Most American Christians Are Actually Heretics,” written by a young man named G. Shane Morris, states that a recent survey of 3,000 people found that “although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as […]

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McVatican Detractors Are Missing the Point

November 4, AD2016 2 Comments
McVatican Detractors Are Missing the Point

Apparently, the Vatican’s Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) thinks business is business.  I sure hope that’s not the case. A plan to open a McDonald’s restaurant in a Vatican-owned building right next door to the St. Peter’s Square is drawing fire from some Cardinals who live on the upper floors of […]

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The 2016 Catholic Voting Conundrum Simplified

October 29, AD2016 25 Comments
The 2016 Catholic Voting Conundrum Simplified

The 2016 presidential election seems to be presenting many Catholics with a voting conundrum: Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for either candidate?  If yes, which one?  But if neither candidate is acceptable should they vote for a third-party candidate, or not vote at all? Many Catholics think they have four options when it […]

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Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

October 17, AD2016 4 Comments
Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

In case you haven’t heard, there is apparently a new small sub-group of Catholics who have decided that it’s time to end the American Experiment. They call themselves Tradinistas. In their own words, the Tradinistas are “a small party of young Christian socialists committed to traditional orthodoxy, to a politics of virtue and the common […]

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On Heresy, Dissidence, And Scandal

October 10, AD2016 8 Comments
On Heresy, Dissidence, And Scandal

Catholics who disagree with some Catholic Doctrine or Doctrines may not be formal heretics.  They may only be material heretics.  Or they may just be dissidents.  It really depends on which Church Doctrine or Doctrines they don’t agree with and why.  But they could also be committing the sin of scandal. According to Dr. Robert […]

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The Solution To All Your Problems

September 8, AD2016 2 Comments
The Solution To All Your Problems

  Back in 1958, in the still early days of Rock ‘N Roll, Don and Phil Everly, the Everly Brothers, released a song entitled “Problems.”  True to its title, the song started off, “Problems, problems, problems all day long.”  The entire song, all three simple stanzas of it, was under two minutes long and as […]

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Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

One of the downsides to surfing the internet is that we can get bombarded by mixed messages on a whole range of topics. News junkies may eat this up but for most ordinary folk all the contradictory information can get a bit confusing and even aggravating. News from the world of health, medicine, and science […]

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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

August 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part II

Things are messed up today in America, but it’s not all Obama’s fault, even though he does deserve a lot of the credit. Our problems have been a long time coming.  Some 10 years ago Dennis Prager, in one of a series of columns on Judeo-Christian Values, made this observation: “Vast numbers of people are […]

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Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I

August 16, AD2016 10 Comments
Has America Turned Its Back on God? Part I

The somewhat controversial conservative activist Pamela Geller wrote an essay last year entitled “The Poo Generation.” The thrust of Geller’s essay is that the ‘Poo emoticon’ best “exemplifies the low state of the world, of the culture, and of America itself in the age of the primitive.  It signifies America’s rapid decay in the wake […]

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Misreading Pope Francis

August 4, AD2016 0 Comments
Misreading Pope Francis

Ever since Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis three-and-a-half years ago, the mainstream media (MSM) has pulled out all the stops in an effort to paint a picture of Francis as a progressive Pope. The Left wanted Francis to be one of its own in the worst way possible. Every utterance from Francis that sounded the […]

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Trump And Brexit: One Catholic Non-Pundit’s Perspective

July 20, AD2016 9 Comments
Trump And Brexit: One Catholic Non-Pundit’s Perspective

The Trump phenomenon and Brexit both came about as a result of the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s. SAY WHAT?! Some may think this statement is a bit of stretch – or even a really big stretch – but it really isn’t. History is linear and various events throughout history have happened or were […]

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The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 2

July 8, AD2016 34 Comments
The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 2

Tackling the Catechesis Problem At least one parish priest is aware of the Religious Ed problem. Monsignor Charles Pope, writing in the National Catholic Register, says we’ve made 4 big mistakes with Catechesis over the last 50 years: Religious education was almost always conducted away from the home by professional religious educators, priests, sisters, and some […]

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The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 1

July 7, AD2016 29 Comments
The Consequences of 50 Years of Poor Catechesis: 1

Something odd happens once the majority of young Catholics in the U.S. become teenagers – they seem to lose interest in their Catholic Faith. According to statistics compiled by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), in 2015 there were almost 3.989 million children in parish religious education and Catholic elementary schools in […]

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Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the SJWs Are Pitching

June 20, AD2016 3 Comments
Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the SJWs Are Pitching

Social Justice is a big deal these days. In recent years, it’s become such a big deal amongst Secular Progressives that it’s even given rise to the term Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) – folks who are determined to bring about social justice throughout the world.  But it’s not Catholic Social Justice. To hear the SJWs […]

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Zero Catholics, Two Protestants, One Difficult Choice

May 23, AD2016 9 Comments
Zero Catholics, Two Protestants, One Difficult Choice

This election cycle’s primaries have been interesting and contentious. They have also been full of surprises and even unsettling in a couple different ways. But it now looks as though we will have to make a choice in November between two not-so-wonderful Protestant candidates for President – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The amount of […]

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Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

May 11, AD2016 5 Comments
Religious Schools Are Fundamental to Liberty

Catholics who are not big on history may probably not be aware of the amount of anti-Catholic animus that existed in the U.S. from the early 1800s up to as late as World War II.  And even though we’ve had a Catholic president and currently have a Catholic Vice President and a Catholic Speaker of […]

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The Intrusion of the Secular

March 8, AD2016 2 Comments
The Intrusion of the Secular

For many years, when our sons were young and impressionable, my wife and I did our very best to make sure we all got to mass on time and also made sure we did not leave until the final notes of the recessional hymn were being sung. In short, both I and my wife, who […]

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