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The Fifth Commandment: The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia

March 16, AD2015 1 Comment
The Fifth Commandment:  The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia

“On the morning of February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the law against assisted suicide was unconstitutional. Canada now joins a small, elite group of madly progressive countries in abandoning the most fundamental principle in all of nature.” Joe Bissonette, “Physician-assisted suicide and spiritual suicide” (Crisis Magazine) “He hath set fire […]

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Medjugorje: More on Ivan Dragicevic

March 15, AD2015 35 Comments
Medjugorje: More on Ivan Dragicevic

The following article was written in the first part of November, 2013 shortly after the event occurred that is described in the beginning. In light of recent events with Ivan Dragičević, this article is being reproduced with some edits for the sake of clarity and to keep the discussion going. In November, 2013, the news […]

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Fight All Error: An Open Letter to All Catholic Bloggers and Publishers

March 14, AD2015 11 Comments
Fight All Error: An Open Letter to All Catholic Bloggers and Publishers

“Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause.” -St. John Cantius “A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the […]

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Marin Mersenne: A Priest at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution

March 13, AD2015 8 Comments
Marin Mersenne: A Priest at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution

In late 1644, the Minim friar Marin Mersenne (1588-1648) travelled to Florence and assisted Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647) in repeating his famous barometric experiment. When Mersenne returned to France, he shared Torricelli’s discovery with his network of correspondents, “giving rise to flourishing experimental and theoretical activities,”[1] including the famous work on the weight of air conducted […]

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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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You Can’t Have Jesus Without the Church

March 13, AD2015 41 Comments
You Can’t Have Jesus Without the Church

Of all the many movements within Protestantism, among the most disturbing is the notion that one can have Jesus but does not need the Church. In order for this to be true, one must separate the bridegroom from the bride. This is impossible: Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself […]

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Evangelium Vitae: 20th Anniversary Novena

March 12, AD2015 2 Comments
Evangelium Vitae: 20th Anniversary Novena

The idea of contraception isn’t new; Egyptian scrolls, dating back as far as 1900 BC, refer to birth control of varying types. It seems, mankind has been trying to circumvent the procreational aspect of human intimacy all through history. Yet, some of the earliest instruction put forth by the Bible also condemns such acts. As […]

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Is the World Overpopulated?

March 12, AD2015 8 Comments
Is the World Overpopulated?

I was flipping through an English textbook and there was a page about overpopulation in which it described the growing amount of people in the world, the lack of resources and solutions to this problem, namely “family planning”. Then there was a writing prompt for an essay on how to save the planet and limit […]

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Infertility and the Church

March 11, AD2015 3 Comments
Infertility and the Church

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects more than 6 million women in the U.S., and more than 176 million women worldwide… And I may be one of those women. It’s hard to tell, because endometriosis can only be officially diagnosed by having a laparoscopy — a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia, and […]

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A Priest’s Journey: Depression and Suicide

March 11, AD2015 11 Comments
A Priest’s Journey:  Depression and Suicide

I like stories. Whether it’s a program on EWTN, or a homily, or an article, I like the saga of how some Catholic figure dealt with a challenge. It could be a story about converting the barbarians, or some primitive people, or of a modern man being thrown into prison while facing a seemingly impossible situation. Regardless, I will remember […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Pope Corn

March 10, AD2015 2 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism:  Pope Corn

Yes, it’s a strained pun; this is a mixed bag of Papal falsehoods. Pope Joan, the Pope’s Fishing Fleet, and the Pope Speaks For God; originally Hitler’s Pope was going to be part of it, but that kind of grew too big. Pope Joan There are a lot of variations, but the story goes like […]

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Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

March 10, AD2015 6 Comments
Addressing the Problem of Evil with Hope

When considering Christianity, many question how evil occurs with a good and powerful God. Philosopher David Hume even used this issue in an attempt to prove that God could not exist. According to Hume, an all-good God would stop evil while an all-powerful one could stop it: “If God is perfectly benevolent and also omnipotent, […]

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Finish Lent Stronger Than You Started

March 10, AD2015 1 Comment
Finish Lent Stronger Than You Started

This year I was so ready for Lent, and that was something different for me. Many other years Lent has crept up on me, and I half-heartedly chose something to “give up.” Then I limped along, hungry for Easter Sunday, so I could be released from a self-imposed exile. I was only concerned with getting […]

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Chapel Veils and the Evangelization of Men

March 9, AD2015 18 Comments
Chapel Veils and the Evangelization of Men

Among the many things the secular media and liberal Catholic media missed from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s recent interview with the New Emangelization Project was His Eminence’s call to return a more reverent awe in the Mass.  Here is a summary of His Eminence’s key points: The Mass has become de-sacralized. There have been and continue […]

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The Future Depends Upon Parental Love

March 9, AD2015 1 Comment
The Future Depends Upon Parental Love

This is the fifth in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families which will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Happiness: A Capital Asset?

March 8, AD2015 2 Comments
Happiness:  A Capital Asset?

Ask an accountant what a capital asset is and you will be told that it is an asset owned to generate a profit, but is not easily sold for cash in the normal course of business operations.  In business school, we learn that these are assets such as land, machinery, and buildings—the assets not generally […]

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The Real Tango Lesson: Responding to God’s Movement

March 6, AD2015 3 Comments
The Real Tango Lesson: Responding to God’s Movement

Lent brings into sharp focus God’s direct involvement with humanity through the life and particularly, the Passion of His Son. As Catholics, we are blessed with the beauty of various spiritualities, including Ignatian and Carmelite spirituality, that foster intimate encounters with Christ through the reading and incorporation of Scripture into our daily lives. On my last […]

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