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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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Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

December 3, AD2017 2 Comments
Is There Wisdom Guiding the Development of Artificial Intelligence?

In Laudato Si and many of his other public remarks, Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the rapid advances in technology and the implications for society. Now, some noteworthy secular voices, Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and entrepreneur Bill Gates are echoing the Holy Father’s warnings with regard to the rapidly growing use of Artificial […]

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A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

November 20, AD2017 2 Comments
A Catholic Spin on Maslow: Your Needs Define Your Eternal Destiny

I have always loved the study of what makes people tick, hence I dedicated part of my education to psychology.  While I understand that not all parts of psychology mesh well with Christian ideals, there is much in psychology that can be applied to these ideals, and Benjamin Maslow’s  famous Hierarchy of Needs is one. […]

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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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Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

November 13, AD2017 1 Comment
Seeing Faces:  A Call to Have the Eyes of a Shepherd

No Faceless Crowd Before Jesus When we read, study, and pray with the Gospels it is important for us to remember who is the audience that Jesus is speaking to.  I mention this scriptural tool in many of my homilies and talks I give, and recently a question came to me and this tool “How […]

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Fifteen Years of Yearning for Hope

November 11, AD2017 2 Comments
Fifteen Years of Yearning for Hope

November 11, 2017 marks the fifteenth (15th) anniversary of the shooting death of my son, Aaron Dougherty. More essentially, this date also marks the 15th anniversary of my yearning for hope for Aaron in the Resurrection of the Paschal Mystery. Aaron had been severely depressed for most of his 26-year-old life. He died in a […]

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A Devotional: Living With Rumours of War in South Korea

November 11, AD2017 4 Comments
A Devotional: Living With Rumours of War in South Korea

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24: 6) South Korea and War I am now living in a distant land. Although I have my wife and child with me it isn’t quite like […]

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The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

November 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Samaritan Woman: She Will Be Loved

Early Morning He sleeps quietly, but my eyes are open.  My head rests softly on his shoulder and I feel his chest rise and fall.  I cannot say “my husband;” I say “my baal.” I sigh, thinking perhaps today I will be loved. The others were not righteous.  They divorced me publicly, with accusation, taunt, and […]

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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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Does Catholic Social Justice Equal Big Government?

October 3, AD2017 14 Comments
Does Catholic Social Justice Equal Big Government?

The political left and secularists have hijacked the term “social justice”. Ask anyone and they will describe social justice in terms of wealth distribution and expanding the role of government in the name of justice. This might sound ideal. Who would not want to be for spreading the wealth? But for the last few decades, […]

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Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

September 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

“Dogma Lives Loudly Within You”, said the Senator. Thank you very much, Senator. I am flattered that you noticed. I do try very hard to be a good Catholic, answered a hypothetical Federal Court nominee. “And that’s of concern…” continued the actual Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) of California during the September 6, 2017, confirmation hearing. […]

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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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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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My Enemy is My Neighbor: Becoming a Good Samaritan

August 22, AD2017 1 Comment
My Enemy is My Neighbor: Becoming a Good Samaritan

“Who is my neighbor?” Today, I think, this question is more pertinent than ever. Social media is great at creating the illusion that we’re all in each other’s back pocket. But it comes at the cost of making friendship more of an abstraction, as we make “friends” of people who are little more than an […]

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The Catholic Church’s Commitment to Counteracting Racism

August 16, AD2017 16 Comments
The Catholic Church’s Commitment to Counteracting Racism

As an African-American Catholic, I revel in the opportunity to share that my father, a convert to the Catholic faith, was initially drawn to Catholicism through the witness of President John F. Kennedy Jr., our first – and, to date, only – Catholic president, who contributed to the setting of the civil rights legislation that […]

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Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

April 15, AD2017 6 Comments
Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

The Easter Bounty- Chocolates When we walk down any candy aisle in a grocery store, we are guaranteed to see many beautifully wrapped and enticing chocolates at any time of the year. But, especially as we approach Easter, there are plentiful chocolates shaped like bunny rabbits, crosses, eggs, and wrapped in colorful pastel foil wrappings […]

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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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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Should We Turn to the Government or the Church for Assistance?

November 23, AD2016 2 Comments
Should We Turn to the Government or the Church for Assistance?

I was tired, bone tired. It was a tiredness that went beyond mere physical exhaustion to conquer every thought. It pumped through my heart to deflate my entire being. This exhaustion festered in my soul, and there it sat. My toe nudged the carrier holding my sleeping son forward. His sleeping was a small blessing. It was a miracle […]

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

November 18, AD2016 4 Comments
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused […]

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Restitution and National Reconciliation

November 14, AD2016 2 Comments
Restitution and National Reconciliation

Last November 8, as the citizens  of the United States of America were making a beeline to choose their next president, we, here in the Philippines, received  the news about the final resting place of a former president. For 27 long years, the issue whether Ferdinand Marcos would be allowed to be buried in the […]

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7 Premises of Catholic Social Justice

November 7, AD2016 5 Comments
7 Premises of Catholic Social Justice

The upcoming presidential election has sparked great debate. Many feel there is no good candidate and are left wading through issues with no easy answers. Of top concern among Catholics include beliefs in the sanctity of human life at all stages, protecting law enforcement and military, strengthening national security, and caring for those in need. While issues such […]

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