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Author Archive: JoAnna Wahlund

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton's birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, two saints in heaven praying for her, a new baby on the way in December 2015, and a wonderful husband of 13 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs at www.catholicworkingmother.com and more sporadically at http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.

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Translating Hillary Clinton’s Doublespeak

April 29, AD2015 74 Comments
Translating Hillary Clinton’s Doublespeak

In case you’ve been recently living under a rock or fasting from the Internet, former U.S. Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton is running for President. Not surprisingly, she’s already launched into the typical political doublespeak common to Democratic politicians who wish to trample religious liberty and deny human rights to unborn […]

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The Plight of the Catholic Working Mother

April 1, AD2015 8 Comments
The Plight of the Catholic Working Mother

I’m a Catholic working mother. I’ve worked full-time outside the home since 2003, which coincidentally was the same year as my conversion to Catholicism. My first child was born in 2005, followed by four more in the last 10 years (plus two saints in heaven). I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, but circumstances […]

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There Is No Pope in Islam

March 5, AD2015 21 Comments
There Is No Pope in Islam

Some time ago I posted on Facebook this criticism of that ubiquitous “Coexist” bumper sticker with the comment, “I need this in magnet form for my car.” A friend (who, I believe, identifies as atheist/agnostic) replied, “I don’t agree that Muslims are out to get everyone else. I find that suggestion pretty offensive actually.” Upon […]

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Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines

February 4, AD2015 70 Comments
Let’s Be Reasonable About Vaccines

Readers, please do not write me off as a rabid “anti-vaxxer,” because I am not opposed to vaccines in general, nor do I dispute their medical efficacy. My kids have received DTAP and all other ethically-sourced vaccines. I only wish to explore the moral choices that we, as Catholics, have to make regarding the use […]

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The ELCA and Abortion

January 21, AD2015 3 Comments
The ELCA and Abortion

A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, “My real disaffection with the ELCA didn’t start with sex. It began in […]

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Yes, Catholics Can Judge!

December 10, AD2014 60 Comments
Yes, Catholics Can Judge!

The mainstream media made much hay over Pope Francis’ July 2013 remarks in which he said, in response to a reporter’s question about an alleged “gay lobby” within the Vatican, “Who am I to judge?” The MSM misinterpreted his comment as blanket approval for homosexual acts, and their headlines reflected their misunderstanding. Even now, whenever […]

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Save the Storks in Delaware

September 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Save the Storks in Delaware

Friends, I have a very important message for you today, but I’m not going to be the one to convey it. Instead, I’m going to let my good friend, Nicole Collins, a wonderful pro-life warrior, deliver it in my stead. Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause, and if you are unable to contribute […]

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NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

August 20, AD2014 30 Comments
NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

On Facebook, I’m in several Natural Family Planning (NFP) groups, and the same question pops up on a regular basis:  “What reasons justify using NFP to avoid pregnancy, according to the teaching of the Church? Is there a list?” I’ve scoured encyclicals, papal letters and addresses, and several scholarly tomes on the subject, I’m confident […]

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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 2 Comments
NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

The following is a series of blog comments posted by Heidi in the comboxes at the blog Little Catholic Bubble. I found her story so moving and inspirational that I asked her if I could consolidate her comments into a blog post in honor of NFP Awareness Week, and she graciously agreed. I’ve done some editing to the text that […]

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Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem

June 25, AD2014 113 Comments
Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem

I really want to work for the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I grew up in a family that occasionally attended PETA events, usually on Christmas (to protest the abuse of the enslaved reindeer, forced to haul an obese septuagenarian around the world in a single night) and Easter (to protest the […]

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Planned Parenthood\’s Pastoral Letter

May 29, AD2014 11 Comments
Planned Parenthood\’s Pastoral Letter

Planned Parenthood\’s “Clergy Advocacy Board” recently issued a “pastoral letter,” telling women that God is okay with abortion. Oddly, I haven\’t heard about any backlash from the Freedom From Religion Foundation or Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Given that Planned Parenthood receives federal tax dollars, isn\’t it wildly inappropriate of Planned Parenthood to […]

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REBUTTAL – PART 2: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

April 30, AD2014 16 Comments
REBUTTAL – PART 2: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

This is a continuation of my rebuttal to the article “10 Beliefs Christians Have that Really Mess Us Up.” You can read Part I here. Belief #6 – The World Is Going To Get Worse And Worse Before Jesus Returns Drysdale says: This one is pretty funny. Or at least it would be if it […]

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Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

April 2, AD2014 42 Comments
Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

A few days ago, a friend sent me an article titled, “10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up.” I read through the article and then clicked over the the author\’s “About Me” page, curious about his background and credentials. As it turns out, the author, Phil Drysdale, claims no formal training in theology […]

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Unintended Consequences

March 11, AD2014 33 Comments
Unintended Consequences

Alert the media! I\’ve found another case of an innocent person being cruelly denied a cake by an intolerant, bigoted bakery department. In this case, the zealots targeted an innocent child. The bakers didn\’t like the personal beliefs of the child\’s parents and subsequently refused to make their kid a birthday cake. That\’s right – […]

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NFP: Help! I\’m Being Oppressed!

February 5, AD2014 6 Comments
NFP: Help! I\’m Being Oppressed!

According to some of the commenters on Dr. Kaczor\’s post “Does the Catholic Church Hate Women?” at Strange Notions, I\’m just an oppressed victim of an corrupt hierarchy – or something. Many of the comments on that post (which I thought was excellent, by the way) left me baffled. I have to wonder if these […]

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How To Be A Biblical Literalist

January 9, AD2014 7 Comments
How To Be A Biblical Literalist

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted the article \”Everyone\’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony\” by Rachel Held Evans to her timeline. The title caught my eye because it reminded me of several arguments for same-sex attraction that I\’d heard in my Lutheran days. Sure enough, the crux of the article […]

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An Advent Adoption Story

December 11, AD2013 5 Comments
An Advent Adoption Story

In his December 1 Angelus message, Pope Francis called the season of Advent \”a journey towards the horizon of hope.\” I want to tell you a story about one of the most amazing women I know, and the Advent journey of international adoption that she embarked upon this year. A Heart for Adoption This woman […]

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