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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 5 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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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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Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

February 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Our Salvation Journey: Once and Done is Just No Fun!

What does salvation mean? For a good part of my life, this particular doctrine was the subject of countless hours of contemplation and spiritual struggle. For some deep, divine reason salvation was my otherworldly wrestling partner, refusing to be bested, yet somehow still blessing me with its power to name and claim me as its […]

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The Question Crying For an Answer: Why Be Catholic?

February 2, AD2018 10 Comments
The Question Crying For an Answer: Why Be Catholic?

If you were on a committee to interview candidates for principal of a Catholic school, what question would you ask the candidates? I was on such a committee a few years ago. One of our first jobs was to decide which questions we would ask every candidate. My suggestion was: Why be Catholic? The other […]

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There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

January 30, AD2018 1 Comment
There Shall Be One Fold and One Shepherd

My wife and I live in a small city, or actually more of a small to medium sized town with a population just slightly in excess of 29,500.  No matter where we drive in town we can find a few Christian churches – some large, some small, and some tiny storefronts. Out of curiosity, I […]

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Divine Roots of American Democracy

January 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Divine Roots of American Democracy

John Nepomucene Neumann On January 5 we celebrated the anniversary of the birthday to Heaven of the first and great American Saint, Mgr John Nepomucene Neumann, Bishop of Philadelphia. Born in Bohemia, to a German-Czech family, missionary to the USA, bishop at the age of 41, John Neumann erected in his bishoprics a large number […]

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The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

January 22, AD2018 2 Comments
The Innovative Philosophy of the New Atheism

I propose to give the New Atheists, and specifically Richard Dawkins, a fair shake by elucidating the innovative philosophy implicit in the New Atheism and specifically in Richard Dawkins’ writings. Typical Assessment of the New Atheism According to its critics, the New Atheism fails to present any philosophical innovation. That explains why Edward Feser in […]

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The Bible Canon – 73 Books or 66 Books?

January 20, AD2018 3 Comments
The Bible Canon – 73 Books or 66 Books?

So why does the Catholic Bible have 73 books, while the Protestant Bible has only 66 books? Some Protestants believe that the Catholic Church added 7 books to the Bible at the Council of Trent in response to Luther’s Reformation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Original Catholic Canon In about 367 […]

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The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

January 14, AD2018 9 Comments
The Scriptural Seeds of the Papacy

Although the seeds of the papacy are scriptural, it takes a little digging to expose them. There is nothing more distinctly Catholic than the papacy. While just about every other Catholic belief can be found in at least some other Christian denominations, our beliefs about the papacy are unique. Nobody else believes that the bishop […]

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Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

January 11, AD2018 1 Comment
Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that knowledge of God for those without the Jewish faith, “is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear […]

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The Blasphemy All Around Us

January 4, AD2018 12 Comments
The Blasphemy All Around Us

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from […]

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The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

January 2, AD2018 1 Comment
The Catholic Church Survives For 2,000 Years: Possible or Probable?

“And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). At this point in time, it can easily be said that all things are, or very shortly may be, possible. Within a year, a decade, or by some relatively short time from now, the world will be completely changed again. For example, until the early twentieth […]

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Persevering This Christmas

December 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Persevering This Christmas

In the first weeks of Advent, my intellect and faith have been assaulted by many things going on outside and inside the Church. Its been a challenging time of preparation for Christmas. These things are troubling, but perhaps, in contrast, they can help us understand better the darkness of the world into which the Christ […]

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Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

December 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

This column is the second in a three-part series concerning ethics and human happiness. Restless Hearts In the previous installation of this series, we examined the nature of ethical inquiry. After thinking through the subject, it was concluded that the goal of ethical inquiry is to attain goodness, i.e., the immutable characteristic of all upright […]

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Development, Dissent, and Infallibility, Part II

December 18, AD2017 18 Comments
Development, Dissent, and Infallibility, Part II

In the first part of this two-part series on the infallibility of the ordinary Magisterium, we took an in-depth look at the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception as a “case study” of sorts. To sum things up a bit, there are three “categories of belief” in regards to Church teaching: Teachings that are divinely revealed, […]

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The Dilemma of the Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

December 16, AD2017 1 Comment
The Dilemma of the Essential and Nonessential Doctrines

Over the past few years when evangelizing, I have heard a claim that is becoming more prevalent among Protestants. This belief has been expressed to me in these words: “We cannot resolve all of the disagreements among Christians but these disputes revolve around the nonessentials. We should give glory to God that Christians are united […]

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When Mary Became Our Mother

December 14, AD2017 2 Comments
When Mary Became Our Mother

We Catholics have some very strong beliefs about Mary the mother of Jesus. We believe that she was conceived without original sin and then assumed into heaven body and soul at the end of her life. We consider her the queen of heaven and earth and celebrate her queenship with both a mystery of the […]

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Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

December 1, AD2017 4 Comments
Discipline, Doctrine and Amoris

It is very easy to get lost in the complexity of the Catholic faith. Among the faithful, and those on the outside, or not-so-faithful, it is easy to misunderstand why some things in the Catholic faith have changed over the years, while some things have not. Sometimes it is confusing as to why something believed […]

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Development, Dissent, and Infallible Teaching, Part I

December 1, AD2017 18 Comments
Development, Dissent, and Infallible Teaching, Part I

Many Catholic Christians believe that what the Church teaches on one or more subjects regarding faith and morals is wrong. Such Catholics try to legitimize their dissent from those teachings by appealing to cases where a teaching has apparently “changed”, or they note that such a teaching has “never been taught infallibly”. Since the Church […]

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Patrick Coffin Show: Can You Prove God Exists? —Dr. Edward Feser

November 26, AD2017 8 Comments
Patrick Coffin Show: Can You Prove God Exists? —Dr. Edward Feser

The Patrick Coffin Show The Patrick Coffin Show podcast features weekly interviews with A-list influencers and outliers in the effort to recover the Judeo-Christian roots of the culture. Patrick is the Canadian-born former host of Catholic Answers Live, and he has raving fans around the world. He injects these fascinating interviews with his own distinctive […]

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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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The Allure of the Catholic Church

November 17, AD2017 7 Comments
The Allure of the Catholic Church

As I was making my way into the Catholic Church about 5 years ago, my priest at the time said something that still echoes in my mind today- “The Catholic Church is a treasure chest of spiritual resources. You can skim the top and experience only the basics of Christianity, but there is so much […]

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Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

November 16, AD2017 7 Comments
Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

Moses set before the people Life and Death; from another aspect, Intelligibility and Inanity. He urged them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). The Transcendentals Life and Intelligibility in this context refer to a single identity. They differ as logical, not real, distinctions. With Purpose, they form the triad of transcendentals. Each transcendental name refers fundamentally […]

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Prejudices Abound in Luther

November 13, AD2017 3 Comments
Prejudices Abound in Luther

With many Protestants celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I have take the opportunity to read many of Martin Luther’s own words hoping this would be beneficial in engaging those who have remained separated from the Church. After reading a variety of sources, I am struck by how clearly many of the prejudices […]

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