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Some Morals Make Bad Law

July 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Morals Make Bad Law

Last month, I responded to George Weigel’s commencement address to the law students of Ave Maria University, in which he urged prospective Catholic lawyers to fight the philosophy of legal positivism, which takes the perspective that there is no necessary connection between law and morality. Positivism also holds that a law promoting an immoral end […]

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Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

Some 242 years ago Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America was born. We declared our freedom from the tyranny of King George.  It’s been an interesting 242 years, to say the least.  And the country – and the world – has come a long way since then. But […]

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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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The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

  This column is about worldview (metaphysics and epistemology) although it touches on social justice and politics as well. It is about the greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith and gets to the very root of the polarization both outside and inside the Church. The greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith is Postmodernism, which is […]

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George Washington’s Letter to Catholics;
His Advocacy for Religious Freedom

June 24, AD2018 0 Comments
George Washington’s Letter to Catholics;<br>His Advocacy for Religious Freedom

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. —Micah 4:4 The Letters In August of 1790 George Washington issued a public letter thanking the Roman Catholic Church for the “patriotic part which [it] took in the accomplishment […]

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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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Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

May 2, AD2018 4 Comments
Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

[The] administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act. Its use, …should be considered …ordinary and proportionate, and as such morally obligatory, …until it is seen to have attained its proper finality, which in the present case consists in providing […]

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When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

March 20, AD2018 45 Comments
When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

In today’s ideologically charged and politically polarized society terms like GOP Catholics, conservative Catholics, Catholic Democrats, and liberal Catholics are getting thrown around way too much. It’s enough to make one sick. Quite frankly these terms bring a knot to my stomach.  That’s followed by a bad taste in my mouth. It makes me think that […]

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Lonestar Law: How Protecting Wildlife Can Help Us Appreciate Our Higher Laws

March 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Lonestar Law: How Protecting Wildlife Can Help Us Appreciate Our Higher Laws

I have never been interested in fishing, hunting or camping, so it is very surprising that one of my favorite shows on television right now is Lonestar Law on Animal Planet, where cameras follow Texas Game Wardens in their work. The show is fascinating! Not only did I know very little about the duties of […]

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Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

March 8, AD2018 12 Comments
Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

The fierce battle between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life is heightened now that there is a new administration in charge. In the realm of sex education, the stakes could not be any higher. The prize for the winner is the very souls of our children. God gave them to us for […]

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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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3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

March 1, AD2018 3 Comments
3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

In recent years, there have been many claims that this or that Catholic group was discriminatory. Everything from “Pro-choice Woman Denied Catholic Wedding” to “Gay Teacher Fired” to “Autistic Denied Communion.” Some of these are discrimination and need changing, but not all are. We need to understand when the Church is simply fulfilling her mission, […]

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Politics as a ‘Vocation’

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Politics as a ‘Vocation’

On two separate occasions in the past six months I have been encouraged to run for office. Well, not me specifically, but me along with the roomful of people attending the same lectures as me. Still, it does tend to give one pause. The speakers, on these two separate occasions, were from complete opposite ends […]

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Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

February 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, our country is in the midst of a cultural watershed moment. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a clear sense of direction about where to go from here and how to bring about lasting change. I am referring to the #MeToo movement and all of the revelations of […]

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A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

January 16, AD2018 0 Comments
A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. It was Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, at 8:07 A.M. in Hawaii Standard Time (HST) when I received that text message. Hopeless Thoughts There are no emergency shelters for a nuclear bomb on the Big Island of Hawaii. Besides, I reasoned, […]

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The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

November 18, AD2017 6 Comments
The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

Whenever some sad soul goes bonkers with a gun, the media instantly goes into a lather of breathless updates and saturation coverage. Yet one single factor evidenced in every American mass shooting remains curiously unaddressed by the media’s “in-depth” coverage. They stubbornly avoid mentioning this determinative factor: None of the mass-killing perpetrators had a deep […]

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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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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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Free Speech: Its Recent Legal History and Our Response as Catholics

October 26, AD2017 2 Comments
Free Speech: Its Recent Legal History and Our Response as Catholics

I write this article with the hope that it may help people understand the recent 20th-century foundation for “Free Speech” in the USA as shaped by the Supreme Court.  Also, I would like these factual insights to aid individual people who seek to defend her or his right to free speech.  As a minister of […]

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Homeschooling in Response to Communism

October 5, AD2017 7 Comments
Homeschooling in Response to Communism

I was recently trying to explain to some American friends in their sixties, who came to visit for dinner, why it is so scandalous in Portugal for my three-year-old daughter not to be in “school”. It is a huge cultural norm here that children go to daycare at the age of two or no later […]

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Philippine Drug War: For Whom the Bells Toll

September 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Philippine Drug War: For Whom the Bells Toll

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: […]

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It’s Time For Political Incorrectness

August 30, AD2017 14 Comments
It’s Time For Political Incorrectness

The transgender issue seems to be all on the front pages of our local paper. It appears as if it is the only newsworthy issue to report on. I guess poor schools, crime, poverty, health care, worn roads and bridges and the ISIS genocide of Christians aren’t that important. In turn, I never thought I […]

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Remembering That Christians Belong to God

July 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Remembering That Christians Belong to God

In the past several years, Christians have begun to face increasing pressure to conform to the prevailing ideologies and points of view of the surrounding culture. Almost everywhere we look, people want us to accept practices that our faith condemns, such as abortion and gay marriage. We’re told that we need to get with the […]

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