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Seal of Confession

When I was a seminarian in St. Benedict, Louisiana, I always thought the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be my favorite to celebrate, if I became a priest. The first time I encountered the seriousness of the Seal of Confession was with one of my good friends. We attended the same high school, and ended up going to […] Read More

Can a Catholic be a Fan of Chris Kyle?

If you follow the news or are an avid moviegoer you have no doubt seen or heard that the movie American Sniper has broken box office records and is nominated for six Academy awards, including Best Picture. Many people have seen this movie; for those who haven’t let me fill you in. American Sniper is […] Read More

A Priest’s Fight for the Seal of Confession

When I was a seminarian in St. Benedict, Louisiana, I always thought the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be my favorite to celebrate, if I became a priest. The first time I encountered the seriousness of the Seal of Confession was with one of my good friends. We attended the same high school, and ended up going to […] Read More

Meriam Ibrahim – Revealing Extremism or True Islam?

Recently, the saga of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was imprisoned for “converting from Islam”, has come to a happy conclusion. Her story, however, brings up an obvious contradiction within Islam regarding forcing people to convert. Meriam’s father was Muslim and mother Orthodox Christian. Her father abandoned the family when Meriam was very young […] Read More

Just a War or Just War?

The President of the United States has reluctantly called for a handful of airstrikes to aid the Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq and defend the Iraqi civilians trapped by the Islamic State terrorists. With the nation tired of war in the Middle East and occupied with a bevy of domestic problems, the President must be […] Read More

Hobby Lobby: A Laymen’s Perspective

Hobby Lobby is significant for taking their case to the Supreme Court to protect religious rights of employers against government mandates which effectively would force them to violate religious conscience by mandating coverage of abortifacient drugs. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stipulated that nearly all […] Read More

Hobby Lobby and Principles of Cooperation

Human persons almost never act alone.  We are the result of community (the union of our parents, the first community), we live and act together with others in community, and we are made for Blessed community, sharing the inner life of the Triune God.  What we do matters and what we do with others matters. […] Read More

A Proposition to Divorce the World

Hardly a day passes that I do not see a story on Twitter or Facebook about the plight of religious freedom for Catholics. Without a doubt, the battle for religious freedom in the U.S. has been mild compared to many other countries, thanks, in large part, to the protection of freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. […] Read More

Voluntary Suffering

Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse, an online publisher of essays on public issues,  ran a piece by Robert Oscar Lopez, a CSU Northridge professor and social activist recently, describing growing campus censorship around the country. He compares his experience as an invited, and then uninvited, speaker at a Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) event to the legion of invitation […] Read More