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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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Poverty Versus Simply Being Poor

November 5, AD2016 2 Comments
Poverty Versus Simply Being Poor

Poverty Versus Simply Being Poor For nearly a score of years, my wife and I lived in Central Texas. Much of that time, we worked with the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVdP) and spent time serving the working poor in the area. These were people who may simply have had too much month at the […]

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Trump is the Better Moral Choice

October 26, AD2016 19 Comments
Trump is the Better Moral Choice

By the time you read my next article, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected to the office of President of the United States. That is a fact. Barring a major catastrophe, one of those two candidates will hold the highest office in the land, hold our temporal futures in their hand, and […]

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Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

October 17, AD2016 4 Comments
Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

In case you haven’t heard, there is apparently a new small sub-group of Catholics who have decided that it’s time to end the American Experiment. They call themselves Tradinistas. In their own words, the Tradinistas are “a small party of young Christian socialists committed to traditional orthodoxy, to a politics of virtue and the common […]

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Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

October 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

For many of us, the national election continues to be problematic. While reservations concerning Trump remain, Hillary will be the demise of any hope we have for maintaining a semblance of ethical integrity. The recent changes in Trump are striking, not in the words he speaks, but in the allies he has cultivated. Fr. Richard Heilman […]

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The Master of Conflict in Film: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

October 6, AD2016 15 Comments
The Master of Conflict in Film: “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

Do you ever wonder how our world has gotten so upside down in just the last few years? Men in girls’ bathrooms, same-sex “marriage,” racial strife, political correctness, rampant abortion, divorce and promiscuity, hatred of religious ideas, and of America itself? One of the reasons is very old. You might be surprised to learn that […]

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A Society Built on Trust

September 6, AD2016 6 Comments
A Society Built on Trust

I walked into Wal-Mart in Dearborn and seemed out of place because I was white and buying alcohol. (Dearborn is a Detroit suburb with the highest concentration of Muslims in the USA.) I probably looked extra-weird as I had just finished a 40-mile bike ride and was still dressed in clothes appropriate for cycling. I […]

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Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

August 27, AD2016 47 Comments
Welcome to the House of Moral Dilemma

I am totally astonished how any Catholic, professing to be faithful, could vote for Hillary Clinton. No amount of mental gymnastics has allowed me to understand how Hillary Clinton, and apparently those that support her, have no shame before God in promoting the horrendous evils of abortion, attacks on the family, and outright collusion against […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

August 13, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

One of my favorite TV shows is the Netflix series about the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil.  What I truly like about the series is how it attempts to capture the moral dilemma that Matt Murdoch faces concerning justice every time he wears his red suit and is transformed from the blind lawyer to the hard-hitting […]

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Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s The Connection? Part II

August 10, AD2016 13 Comments
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s The Connection? Part II

  If you missed “Catholic and Vegetarian — What’s the Connection? Part I”, click here to start at the beginning. Vegetarian Saints Now, you may object that Catholic social teaching makes no pronouncement on diet, that Jesus clearly ate fish in the Bible, and even said “It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles that […]

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Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I

August 9, AD2016 3 Comments
Catholic and Vegetarian – What’s the Connection? Part I

My Happy Catholic Vegetarian Married Life As I approach the midpoint of my fifth decade on earth, I am extraordinarily lucky to find myself, at the deepest, most grounded root of my being, a very happy person. My wife, Carol Ann, is the best person I have ever known. I feel lucky that she loves […]

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Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

August 5, AD2016 33 Comments
Muslims: Nuancing the Good and Bad

About a month ago, during the Euro Cup, I was impressed reading a few pieces in the press about Mesut Özil, an extremely talented Muslim soccer player who often opens his palms in prayer during stoppages in play and reads the Koran before matches. I saw a quote from him saying, “I’d rather not play […]

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Misreading Pope Francis

August 4, AD2016 0 Comments
Misreading Pope Francis

Ever since Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis three-and-a-half years ago, the mainstream media (MSM) has pulled out all the stops in an effort to paint a picture of Francis as a progressive Pope. The Left wanted Francis to be one of its own in the worst way possible. Every utterance from Francis that sounded the […]

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