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Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

June 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

We are blessed to live in Toledo, Ohio, where we have one of the most diverse populations in the U.S., and an amazing choice of ethnic restaurants. Most notably, the corridor from Toledo to Detroit is home to one of the oldest and largest Arab-American populations in our country (God bless Danny Thomas and Jamie […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

May 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

Known colloquially as the Johnson Amendment, this action by Congress added wording to IRS code Section 501(c)(3) intending to disallow nonprofit organizations from deeply engaging in political activity. This amendment was conspicuously promised to be removed, by President Trump in his Republican Convention acceptance speech, “I am going to work very hard to repeal that […]

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Thrashing Against the Zombie Hordes: Christianity and the Culture War

May 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Thrashing Against the Zombie Hordes: Christianity and the Culture War

In a previous Catholic Stand article, “When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On ‘E’”, I said I hoped to explain more fully my decision to retire the “culture warrior” writing persona. And in fact, I did give a little more explanation in a post on The Impractical Catholic which published the day before. […]

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Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

April 21, AD2017 8 Comments
Why Do We Need The Benedict Option?

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher is, at the end of the day, underwhelming. That’s not all its own fault; it arrives amidst much hype, hype which turns out to be rather disproportionate to its more modest aims. On one hand, it’s not clear that those who characterize Dreher as telling Christians to head for the […]

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The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

February 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

A war is brewing in the Philippines. And it is not a war of guns (although, much of the cause of this brewing war has been the indiscriminate death of some Filipinos). The brewing war is a battle for the minds and hearts of Filipinos regarding the right way to combat the rising drug problem […]

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We Walk, We Talk, But the Vote Won Temporarily

January 26, AD2017 11 Comments
We Walk, We Talk, But the Vote Won Temporarily

This is the first year I have missed the Walk for Life in San Francisco in a long time. As I write this we are in between that walk and the larger one in D.C. I missed it because I would have had to cross the great Sierra Nevada mountain range in a snow storm, […]

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Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

January 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Lessons in Leadership from St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More, patron saint of civil servants, statesmen, and politicians, lived a life of moral courage. A 15th-16th century saint, More was poet, author, lawyer, scholar, and Lord Chancellor in the British monarchy during Henry VIII’s scandal-ridden reign. For adhering to his Catholic faith, and silently refusing to acknowledge King Henry’s divorces and marriages, […]

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A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

January 15, AD2017 0 Comments
A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

The following is an excerpt from Ann Casey’s book,  America’s Courage of Faith. 25 June 1928 Dear Gaston, Fellow priest and brother, politics, politics and the credit money grabbers are festering in our souls with the wounds man has sliced and left neglected. This jubilance of tomorrow showing up is met with the moment of only now, […]

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Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

January 8, AD2017 4 Comments
Multifaceted Approaches to World Peace

During the eighties, I edited an anthology, Philosophical Perspectives on Peace, which included numerous prescriptions for world peace by philosophers, psychologists, and litterateurs from the ancient world, and through the Renaissance and Enlightenment, up to the late twentieth century.   The proposals of these authors seem to break up naturally into the following categories: 1) […]

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They Have a Right!

January 7, AD2017 15 Comments
They Have a Right!

I am tired of hearing the phrase, they have a right. I hear this said on television, radio, or among people in everyday life about a controversial subject that has caused a condemning reaction; such as flag burning. It’s not that it isn’t true that the law allows certain acts of free speech, it is […]

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PostPersons

December 11, AD2016 2 Comments
PostPersons

In 1970, if someone in America would have told you that all the laws against abortion in all the states (but two) would be overturned and nullified by seven men on the United States Supreme Court, with no reliance on accepted principles of jurisprudence and Supreme Court precedents, you would have laughed. Then, in 1973,  there […]

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Republicans, Do Not Take My Vote for Granted!

November 24, AD2016 3 Comments
Republicans, Do Not Take My Vote for Granted!

I am certain that as many Republican politicians gather around their Thanksgiving table they will offer thanks for the recent elections. Of course, they should first bow their heads and humbly offer their public service for the Glory of God. Their triumphs are not theirs alone. I also hope they acknowledge their indebtedness to the men and […]

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Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

November 21, AD2016 6 Comments
Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

The contentious nature of the 2016 political season exposed a division so wide as to have literally split our nation in two. Even the Catholic population has displayed an appalling chasm of difference. That so many Catholics have increasingly found it acceptable to fervently support champions of abortion is heart-rending. The hearty support of candidate […]

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The Voting Amish: The Power of Pro-Life

November 20, AD2016 3 Comments
The Voting Amish: The Power of Pro-Life

  An article that appeared a few days ago via the fake site abcnews.co.com, claiming that the “Amish American Brotherhood” had endorsed Donald Trump and that millions of Amish would be voting for him, piqued my interest. It surprised me because, first, there are not “millions” of Amish in the United States, and, second, while they […]

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Society is People

November 9, AD2016 3 Comments
Society is People

Especially during these past few intense months of our presidential election, we in America have been shown how much society has turned substantially away from God, and towards the sins we all know and love so much. If you are not a religious person you will have heard how society has progressed towards more personal […]

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Reflections On The Election: A Lament of a Colorado Catholic

November 8, AD2016 12 Comments
Reflections On The Election: A Lament of a Colorado Catholic

Regrettably, I left Sunday Mass yesterday disheartened.  And angry.  I told my wife: “If this is what the Catholic Church has come to, then I’m seriously wondering why Jesus needs to keep it around.”  Why would I say that?  Because if this election again embraces and empowers the same godless, secular agenda that has already […]

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Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

November 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

  When you stop and think about it, the World Wide Web today is kind of similar to the old Wild West. There are good guys roaming the web, bad guys, and even vigilantes. The good guys might be the white hat hackers – people who hack to help find the weaknesses in network security […]

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