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Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

May 2, AD2018 4 Comments
Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

[The] administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act. Its use, …should be considered …ordinary and proportionate, and as such morally obligatory, …until it is seen to have attained its proper finality, which in the present case consists in providing […]

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When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

March 20, AD2018 45 Comments
When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

In today’s ideologically charged and politically polarized society terms like GOP Catholics, conservative Catholics, Catholic Democrats, and liberal Catholics are getting thrown around way too much. It’s enough to make one sick. Quite frankly these terms bring a knot to my stomach.  That’s followed by a bad taste in my mouth. It makes me think that […]

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Lonestar Law: How Protecting Wildlife Can Help Us Appreciate Our Higher Laws

March 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Lonestar Law: How Protecting Wildlife Can Help Us Appreciate Our Higher Laws

I have never been interested in fishing, hunting or camping, so it is very surprising that one of my favorite shows on television right now is Lonestar Law on Animal Planet, where cameras follow Texas Game Wardens in their work. The show is fascinating! Not only did I know very little about the duties of […]

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Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

March 8, AD2018 12 Comments
Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

The fierce battle between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life is heightened now that there is a new administration in charge. In the realm of sex education, the stakes could not be any higher. The prize for the winner is the very souls of our children. God gave them to us for […]

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Will the Fight to Save the Eighth Amendment Awaken Catholic Ireland?

March 4, AD2018 6 Comments
Will the Fight to Save the Eighth Amendment Awaken Catholic Ireland?

And the man of God [St. Patrick] …earnestly prayed that he might be certified of the present and the future state of Hibernia [Ireland], … [Then Patrick] beheld the whole island as it were a flaming fire ascending unto heaven; and he heard the angel …saying…: “Such at this time is Hibernia in the sight […]

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3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

March 1, AD2018 3 Comments
3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

In recent years, there have been many claims that this or that Catholic group was discriminatory. Everything from “Pro-choice Woman Denied Catholic Wedding” to “Gay Teacher Fired” to “Autistic Denied Communion.” Some of these are discrimination and need changing, but not all are. We need to understand when the Church is simply fulfilling her mission, […]

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Politics as a ‘Vocation’

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Politics as a ‘Vocation’

On two separate occasions in the past six months I have been encouraged to run for office. Well, not me specifically, but me along with the roomful of people attending the same lectures as me. Still, it does tend to give one pause. The speakers, on these two separate occasions, were from complete opposite ends […]

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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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A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

January 16, AD2018 0 Comments
A Hopelessly Inbound Ballistic Missile

BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. It was Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, at 8:07 A.M. in Hawaii Standard Time (HST) when I received that text message. Hopeless Thoughts There are no emergency shelters for a nuclear bomb on the Big Island of Hawaii. Besides, I reasoned, […]

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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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Abortion and Catholic Politicians

November 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Abortion and Catholic Politicians

  Many self-styled pro-choice Catholic politicians today claim to accept the Church’s teaching against abortion. This may seem strange since the Church clearly teaches that abortion is wrong, but they justify their stance with a clever (if ultimately unsound) argument. They say that they’re personally opposed to the practice, but they don’t want to force […]

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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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Free Speech: Its Recent Legal History and Our Response as Catholics

October 26, AD2017 2 Comments
Free Speech: Its Recent Legal History and Our Response as Catholics

I write this article with the hope that it may help people understand the recent 20th-century foundation for “Free Speech” in the USA as shaped by the Supreme Court.  Also, I would like these factual insights to aid individual people who seek to defend her or his right to free speech.  As a minister of […]

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Homeschooling in Response to Communism

October 5, AD2017 7 Comments
Homeschooling in Response to Communism

I was recently trying to explain to some American friends in their sixties, who came to visit for dinner, why it is so scandalous in Portugal for my three-year-old daughter not to be in “school”. It is a huge cultural norm here that children go to daycare at the age of two or no later […]

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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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It’s Time For Political Incorrectness

August 30, AD2017 14 Comments
It’s Time For Political Incorrectness

The transgender issue seems to be all on the front pages of our local paper. It appears as if it is the only newsworthy issue to report on. I guess poor schools, crime, poverty, health care, worn roads and bridges and the ISIS genocide of Christians aren’t that important. In turn, I never thought I […]

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Remembering That Christians Belong to God

July 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Remembering That Christians Belong to God

In the past several years, Christians have begun to face increasing pressure to conform to the prevailing ideologies and points of view of the surrounding culture. Almost everywhere we look, people want us to accept practices that our faith condemns, such as abortion and gay marriage. We’re told that we need to get with the […]

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Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

July 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Up for Freedom

“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.” – Saint John Paul II   The phrase “Do not be afraid,” repeated tirelessly by Saint Pope John Paul II, seems to be growing in importance. […]

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Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

July 4, AD2017 2 Comments
Happy 4th of July America and May God Continue to Bless us!

God was here right from the start.  Our unalienable rights were given to us by God. “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to […]

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Winning the Anxiety Battle with God’s Help

July 2, AD2017 9 Comments
Winning the Anxiety Battle with God’s Help

“Many of my clients are dealing with a lot of anxiety nowadays,” my friend, a therapist, told me after Mass recently. Indeed it does seem that many folks are a bit more stressed out in these times, facing their own battle with anxiety. Of course, you can see why some might be anxious. Consider, for […]

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Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

June 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

We are blessed to live in Toledo, Ohio, where we have one of the most diverse populations in the U.S., and an amazing choice of ethnic restaurants. Most notably, the corridor from Toledo to Detroit is home to one of the oldest and largest Arab-American populations in our country (God bless Danny Thomas and Jamie […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

May 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Government Decides Through Amendment, Religion Abides

Known colloquially as the Johnson Amendment, this action by Congress added wording to IRS code Section 501(c)(3) intending to disallow nonprofit organizations from deeply engaging in political activity. This amendment was conspicuously promised to be removed, by President Trump in his Republican Convention acceptance speech, “I am going to work very hard to repeal that […]

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Thrashing Against the Zombie Hordes: Christianity and the Culture War

May 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Thrashing Against the Zombie Hordes: Christianity and the Culture War

In a previous Catholic Stand article, “When the Needle on the Spiritual Tank is On ‘E’”, I said I hoped to explain more fully my decision to retire the “culture warrior” writing persona. And in fact, I did give a little more explanation in a post on The Impractical Catholic which published the day before. […]

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