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Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in […]

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Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

June 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

Right after WWII, there was a widespread movement which involved the Knights of Columbus, many co-sponsors in the Senate, resounding support in the House and the support of Dwight David Eisenhower, urging Congress to add the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. On Flag Day in 1954, these two simple words were added […]

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Personhood: The Achilles’ Heel of Roe?

June 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Personhood: The Achilles’ Heel of Roe?

On May 8, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a final decision on a petition brought by a group called the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). The NhRP first filed for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in 2013 on behalf of clients Kiko and Tommy, two adult chimpanzees.  The NhRP objected to the chimps being […]

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To the People of Ireland and the World

May 24, AD2018 0 Comments
To the People of Ireland and the World

On May 25, 2018, a referendum will be held in Ireland on whether to repeal or retain the constitutional ban on abortion. How the Irish decide to vote it is of unutterable importance to all of us because the results of Friday’s election will have a ripple effect all over the world. To the People of […]

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Have Legal Abortions Killed 50 to 60 Million Children or a Billion?

April 30, AD2018 5 Comments
Have Legal Abortions Killed 50 to 60 Million Children or a Billion?

Earlier this year, on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, I heard a radio host on a Catholic broadcast indicate that legal abortions had killed 50 to 60 million children in the years since the Supreme Court declared infanticide legal.  It is my recollection that he indicated the number was applicable to surgical […]

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Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

April 2, AD2018 7 Comments
Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” –St. Teresa of Calcutta It has by now been well documented that the legalization of abortion and the promotion of hormonal contraceptives did not lead to the intended results. The argument […]

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Life Hidden in Mystery

March 7, AD2018 1 Comment
Life Hidden in Mystery

The Catholic religion is full of mystery — the mystery of God. This mystery is not a human puzzle that a Sherlock Holmes can “solve” by the force of brilliant deductions. Nor is it the type of enigma that can be understood only by an intellectual elite. The ancient world was full of “mystery religions” of […]

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Will the Fight to Save the Eighth Amendment Awaken Catholic Ireland?

March 4, AD2018 6 Comments
Will the Fight to Save the Eighth Amendment Awaken Catholic Ireland?

And the man of God [St. Patrick] …earnestly prayed that he might be certified of the present and the future state of Hibernia [Ireland], … [Then Patrick] beheld the whole island as it were a flaming fire ascending unto heaven; and he heard the angel …saying…: “Such at this time is Hibernia in the sight […]

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Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

February 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

January 21, AD2018 5 Comments
What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

The March for Life has just passed. The shouts, chantings, and ever-creative handmade signs are still vivid in many minds, images redolent with pro-life enthusiasm. I’ve been to the March several times, and in other years have assisted spiritually from a distance. Every year, I see much that’s beautiful and inspiring—many souls full of dedication, […]

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Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

January 18, AD2018 2 Comments
Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

Victory over evil is a matter for rejoicing when something profound comes out of an otherwise heart-wrenching ordeal. By looking closely at every obstacle, struggle, and eventual victory in their lives, people have the ability to discover hope. Such examinations of their past can be an aid to faith for a fruitful future.  Most who […]

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40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

January 8, AD2018 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

During the 40 Days for Life efforts over the years, our Knights of Columbus Council provides 24-hour shifts outside an abortion clinic where we say Rosaries and other prayers for a continuing 24-hour vigil during the 40 days. This year, as is usually the case, I pulled an early morning hour shift (4:00 am). Being […]

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Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

December 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

In an effort to justify (and excuse) birth control and require those who conscientiously object to provide it to others, Planned Parenthood has come up with a cute little meme. As Christians everywhere traverse the dangerous territory of skewed morality, our rights to deeply held religious beliefs are being put to the test. The pro-abortion faction […]

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I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

December 5, AD2017 6 Comments
I’m Guilty And You May Be Too

I’m Guilty And You May Be Too  I’m guilty and I bet you are too. I put people in baskets. It seems to be innate human nature. We boil people down into groups and put them into baskets. We put ourselves into baskets. Sometimes baskets are necessary, sometimes they just serve to divide. Through prayer and […]

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Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

November 16, AD2017 2 Comments
Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a foster parent as a priest – keep coming up in my mind. In […]

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Abortion and Catholic Politicians

November 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Abortion and Catholic Politicians

  Many self-styled pro-choice Catholic politicians today claim to accept the Church’s teaching against abortion. This may seem strange since the Church clearly teaches that abortion is wrong, but they justify their stance with a clever (if ultimately unsound) argument. They say that they’re personally opposed to the practice, but they don’t want to force […]

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Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

In recent news, science-fiction author Patrick S. Tomlinson has created what I call a Utilitarian Gotcha. By “gotcha”, I mean that however you answer the question, you’re supposed to lose: “If God is all-powerful, can He make a rock that He can’t lift?” You might have already heard of Tomlinson’s question as the “frozen embryos […]

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The Goal of Modern Philanthropy: Eliminating the Disadvantages of Fertility

October 29, AD2017 11 Comments
The Goal of Modern Philanthropy: Eliminating the Disadvantages of Fertility

For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. — Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25 (Ignatius Bible) The most celebrated philanthropists in the world today — George Soros, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet — donate billions of […]

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How to Stop Abortion? Make the Other Choice Possible

October 29, AD2017 7 Comments
How to Stop Abortion? Make the Other Choice Possible

This month I attended a Pro-Life service at our church. There was great music well-performed, readings, and reports from members of our parish’s Pro-Life Ministry. Their practice of praying outside of abortion clinics had changed the minds of women who were on the verge of getting abortions. The numbers were small, but significant, especially considering […]

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The Catholic Attitude Towards Abortion: Go and Sin No More

October 23, AD2017 1 Comment
The Catholic Attitude Towards Abortion: Go and Sin No More

Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment. After all, even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live. —Mother Angelica The Church advocates for the protection of all human life, from conception to natural death, and many of us feel […]

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Why the Debate about Aborting Down Syndrome Babies Matters

October 8, AD2017 5 Comments
Why the Debate about Aborting Down Syndrome Babies Matters

Iceland aborts about 98% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome and averages under 2 babies born with Down’s a year. CBS recently featured Iceland as “the country where Down syndrome is disappearing,” and lauded how they have “virtually eliminate[d] Down syndrome.” Many pro-life groups quickly shot back that Iceland was boasting of no medical advance to […]

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Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

August 31, AD2017 3 Comments
Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

  Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1935) History of Eugenics The Eugenics Movement was a potent political force in early 20th century […]

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Freedom Is Not Born from Evil

June 15, AD2017 1 Comment
Freedom Is Not Born from Evil

The subtle, evil coercion of lies I was told, and expected to believe as true, from the women’s movement over our reproductive rights came to encompass my ensuing years in solitary confinement. This affliction was never spoken of, nor allowed, as it was the forbidden subject — a slow drip of acid as the lifelong sentence for […]

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40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

April 6, AD2017 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: Standing Athwart History

William F. Buckley Jr., the patron saint of American conservatism, famously described the mission of his magazine, National Review, as “stand(ing) athwart history yelling ‘stop’”.  The pith of this quote is an easy glide through self-deprecating caricature into political imperative and then deep into psychological-spiritual truth. The Truths of Progress Of course to dissent from […]

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