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To God Who Gives Joy To My Youth

We hear so often that church attendance is low and that there is a big vocational crisis. Among other things, there are seminaries with only a handful of students in each class; dioceses that must close parishes because they do not have enough priests to staff them (or parishioners to attend them,) and religious orders […] Read More

Is it Really a Surprise?

Recently, Time conducted a poll in which it asked its readers to decide which words should be banned during the upcoming year. Surprisingly, the poll included the word “feminist” as an option. Also surprisingly- or not- “feminist” led the poll. Quite a few articles were written in response to this, many of which were written […] Read More

surrogacy

The Problem with Surrogacy

Everyone is screaming about their rights. Straight couples, gay couples: it doesn’t matter. They believe they have a “right” to happiness, a child will make them happy. So, ipso facto, they have a “right” to a child. This “right” is to be gained no matter the cost; no matter the “rights” that have to be […] Read More

The Damned Teen Birthrate

It might seem odd that I studied urban planning as an undergrad, only to follow that program with an MA in theology. In some ways, it certainly was odd. There is nothing typical about that path. However, I believe that my urban planning education was great preparation for the realm of theology and morality. Studying […] Read More

Annulment Merry-Go-Round

An annulment does not invalidate a marriage, but merely recognizes the reality that binding marriage vows were absent during the entire span the “spouses” were together. Toward the end of my marriage, I would recall the circumstances surrounding our vows, and I would think, “Wow, I am not actually married because I could get an […] Read More

Subsidiarity and the Transformation of Our Culture

As a high school student, I wanted to engage the culture. I could see our world inching farther and farther away from the One who is True, Good, and Beautiful. I imagined that the Church needed voices crying in the wasteland of modern society and dreamed of working in the public sector defending truth. While […] Read More

Synod on Marriage and Family, Gays and God’s Word

“I see you love gays more than God’s word!” That was the FB private message I received from “Facebook User” last Monday night. Hmmm … I didn’t need to ponder too long before I realized who it was. Looking back in the string of comments, I noted that I had had previous conversation with this […] Read More

Grace and Suffering

There was a time when my wife and I and our six kids would show up at my parents’ house to the smell of home cooked meals and a refrigerator full of each of our favorite things. All in all it was a very typical time at Grandma’s house. My mom’s kitchen was her domain […] Read More

One Woman’s Choice and the 40 Days for Life

I heard David Bereit (appropriately pronounced “Be Right”) speak at the NH Right to Life Banquet in 2012.  He riveted the audience’s attention as he told how he and three others launched the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Bryan/College Station, Texas in 2004.  The idea for the campaign came after acknowledging the futility […] Read More