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“Gay” is the New Anti-Freedom: What I’ve Learned From Indiana’s RFRA

April 7, AD2015 153 Comments
“Gay” is the New Anti-Freedom: What I’ve Learned From Indiana’s RFRA

Here’s what I’ve learned from the massive kerfluffle over Indiana’s RFRA: 1. Indiana is simply an intolerable (pun intended) place to do business, so mayors and governors from other states have declared Hoosier country off-limits. Bakers, florists, photographers, and restaurateurs in Indiana have apparently had super-secret meetings in which they have solemnly vowed they will […]

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Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 31, AD2015 51 Comments
Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

[This article is Part 2 in a series. You can read Part 1 here.] In order to justify denying state government the right to decide who can marry, the court itself has to use the definition of marriage used by that state, or substitute some other definition within it’s power. Any current case regarding laws […]

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Part 1: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 30, AD2015 89 Comments
Part 1: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

Instead of a bended knee, will the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) present a stiff middle finger to Our Father who art in Heaven this June, just as the same institution did in 1973 with Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which legitimized the greatest human holocaust in American history? In February 2015, the court refused […]

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Autonomy Misunderstood

March 13, AD2015 3 Comments
Autonomy Misunderstood

At present in California the state legislature is considering a bill that would legalize assisted suicide. Similar bills have been introduced in several other states, and their supporters repeat a familiar refrain: “I have the right to determine what I do with my life, with my body. Who is anyone else to tell me I […]

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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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Pope Francis and Gender Theory

March 5, AD2015 26 Comments
Pope Francis and Gender Theory

Last month The Daily Beast published an essay that, among other things, accused Pope Francis of “dissing women”.  The piece was written by university professors Candida Moss and Joel Baden, who quote an interview where the pope discusses the issue of “gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation”. By gender theory he simply means the modern notion that sexual identity is on […]

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One Marriage, the State and God

March 3, AD2015 12 Comments
One Marriage, the State and God

There have been perhaps a gazillion or two marriages since God ordained the Sacrament, as well as time and space and everything else He created. However, I could be wrong about the time aspect. According to Penny of The Big Bang Theory when asked if she knew who Stephen Hawking was she responded, “The wheelchair dude who invented time”. But, this […]

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What Is It Like to Walk for Life?

January 27, AD2015 6 Comments
What Is It Like to Walk for Life?

The reason that a person would want to walk down the middle of a city street in one of the two largest U.S. marches, either in the cold and sometimes snowy conditions of Washington D.C. or as I did in the clear and sunny 60’s of San Francisco, is hopefully very obvious. The west coast […]

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Justice is Far From Us: Will We Bring it Close?

January 6, AD2015 3 Comments
Justice is Far From Us: Will We Bring it Close?

The word in the air and on the streets, both actual and virtual, is justice. People are gathering and protesting, chanting and yelling for justice. They demand justice. The irony is, many of them demand what they refuse to submit to themselves. If “justice” is not delivered to them, they will inflict their own brand […]

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How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

January 5, AD2015 2 Comments
How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

Remember when you saw a group gathered together on the school playground that surrounded a kid. You rushed over to them because it looked like something exciting was happening. You were not scared, because you were not the center of attention. You could be anomyous, except for the friends that might have been there. The […]

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Why Predators Love Planned Parenthood

December 26, AD2014 28 Comments
Why Predators Love Planned Parenthood

While a recent Planned Parenthood study notes that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies occurs between young teen girls and adult males at least six years older, the organization is only concerned that these teens have unfettered access to contraceptives and abortions, without parental notification. Where is their concern for the harm suffered by these […]

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When Government & Values Conflict

November 23, AD2014 12 Comments
When Government & Values Conflict

Thursday night, President Barak Obama spoke publicly of his plans to invoke an executive order allowing millions of those who entered America illegally and those who have stayed beyond their visas to remain in the United States without threat of deportation. Before the speech was finished, the division such an executive order would affect was obvious forcing some to face how often […]

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Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

November 19, AD2014 15 Comments
Have You Abdicated Your Throne?

In just a few days, the Church will celebrate the feast of Christ the King. I never used to be good at remembering feast days or even knowing about them before they happened, but now it’s kind of my job — which has been a huge blessing for my own personal prayer life. I have […]

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Time For Catholics to Leave the Democrats?

November 7, AD2014 18 Comments
Time For Catholics to Leave the Democrats?

The Humanae Vitae Schism Now that the election is over, the post-game analysis and forecasts for the coming sessions will occupy the media for at least the next week or so. It’s also a good time to consider whether it makes sense for faithful Catholics to remain tied to the Democrat Party. Catholicism is the […]

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Elections and Eternity

November 4, AD2014 19 Comments
Elections and Eternity

Election and Division The juxtaposition of All Soul’s Day and Election Day should cause us to pause and ponder. The first is a feast designed to remind us that we are not created merely for this temporal existence but for eternity. We pray for the dead because we know their souls live on. Election Day, […]

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The Sinner Marching Next to Me

October 3, AD2014 98 Comments
The Sinner Marching Next to Me

I love weekday morning Mass at my church. It is personal, loving, and closer to what I think the Masses must have been like for the early Christians. Only people who really need to come to Mass come to 8am; and we greet one another like old pals walking into the neighborhood bar. We know […]

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Holy War, Catholic Style

September 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Holy War, Catholic Style

The headlines are graphic and sickening. Christians are being murdered systematically in the Middle East. It seems that while we look on in horror, the world is simply standing and staring in amazement. Unfortunately in some cases, even apathy prevails. As the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings on the matter this week, they were interrupted twice by […]

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