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Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

July 28, AD2015 36 Comments
Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex “marriage” settled the legal question, but the debates go on regarding the social and moral   ramifications. How do supporters of traditional marriage change the hearts and minds of people that support same-sex unions? The argument for tradition doesn’t hold much sway with secularists who place little value on […]

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Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

July 27, AD2015 0 Comments
Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

This column is the tenth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. (Page numbers referenced in parentheses.) The title of this final chapter is “Choosing Life.” The […]

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The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love

July 17, AD2015 2 Comments
The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love

Five years ago, I heard about a couple of other women praying to St. Anne for her intercession that they would, “find a man, as fast as we can!” One woman in particular, I had heard, had met her then-fiance (now husband) after praying the St. Anne Novena. It didn’t take me too long to […]

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Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

July 16, AD2015 17 Comments
Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

The Supreme Court’s recent rendering on same-sex marriage continues to be met with mixed emotions. Many feel this was the correct decision since those who practice a same-sex lifestyle should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. Others feel that the institution of marriage was dealt, yet another, critical blow. Regardless of one’s position, […]

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Catholic Marriage after Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline

July 15, AD2015 11 Comments
Catholic Marriage after Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline

The recent Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision declared that legal marriage must be extended to same-sex couples. This is a monumental legal decision but this case has no effect on the Catholic doctrine of matrimony. Catholic marriage is now and always will be a unique union between one man and one woman, joined before […]

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Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

July 12, AD2015 47 Comments
Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

It was Thanksgiving, 2008. The family had gathered for an amazing meal and increasingly rare time of just enjoying each other. I was admittedly taken aback when not one but two of my loved ones, who had attended my confirmation at age 50 just 2 years earlier, used that same family gathering as an occasion […]

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How I Never Met Your Mother: Single Sex Parenting and Children

July 9, AD2015 27 Comments
How I Never Met Your Mother: Single Sex Parenting and Children

I was curious about the logistics. How did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have kids? In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, they explained. “It involved two embryos, one for each of them—and a surrogate who Burtka said was ‘more like the oven.’ The couple knew the surrogate, but the egg donor—who they found through […]

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Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

July 7, AD2015 29 Comments
Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

The decision of the Supreme Court extending marriage to homosexual pairs is a contradiction, not only of revelation by God, but of human nature and of the nature of mammalian biological reproduction. Setting these contradictions aside, the decision is self-inconsistent in its basis of individual liberty and of equality before the law. The decision presents liberty as […]

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Birthday Cakes and Faith

July 2, AD2015 1 Comment
Birthday Cakes and Faith

For her birthday today, I decided to bake my daughter’s favorite – Chess Cake. It’s an old recipe, from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late 90’s. As with the German recipes left by my mother, God rest her soul, this one is simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists […]

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Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

July 1, AD2015 30 Comments
Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

First, a little background. When we look back to our country’s founding, we take pride in the reasons for its formation; a “bad king” and his parliament that exercised their power improperly within the American Colonies. Because of these acts of omission and commission from the isolation of 3,000 miles away from London, anger began to develop. […]

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Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

July 1, AD2015 4 Comments
Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

There have been two times in my life when I considered myself at least moderately “popular” in the classically American societal sense. The first was during the 12 years when I was an fairly successful Assemblies of God minister, with a pretty wife and, at least within charismatic Christian circles, for the most part well-liked […]

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Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

This column is the ninth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. (Page numbers referenced in parentheses.) The first essay on the first chapter is here. The […]

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My Answers To Questions About Gay “Marriage”

June 24, AD2015 292 Comments
My Answers To Questions About Gay “Marriage”

With regard to gay “marriage”, here is a list of the questions I come across most often, with my brief answers: -1- “Why are you against gay marriage?” It’s not that I am against gay “marriage” per se, it’s that gay “marriage” is an ontological impossibility. It’s like asking why I am against square circles. […]

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Keep Calm and Rely on Sound Doctrine

June 15, AD2015 2 Comments
Keep Calm and Rely on Sound Doctrine

The times, they are a-changin’. It can arguably be said that we are in a moral crisis mode unequalled in history. Certainly, there have been depraved and godless societies before us – even to the extent of the sexual perversion and idolatry of riches (and power) rampant today. But what we haven’t seen in times […]

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Remembering Paul Coakley

June 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Remembering Paul Coakley

A friend of mine from college named Paul Coakley recently passed away. His death has had a tremendous impact on my life and in the lives of countless others. I would like to write a tribute to the man and the legacy that he leaves behind. The first notable encounter I had with Paul Coakley […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: An Open Letter to Justice Kennedy

June 11, AD2015 54 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage: An Open Letter to Justice Kennedy

Dear Justice Kennedy: #SCOTUS Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science, says, “Most people who support same-sex ‘marriage,’ including many gays, do so for benevolent reasons. They believe that it is an issue of ‘equality’ and a new ‘freedom for a group of people.’” They are not haters, nor crazy, and they have no desire […]

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A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

June 1, AD2015 8 Comments
A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

This column is the eighth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay which introduces the second […]

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