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In Pursuit of Happiness: Homosexuality and Transgender

From Ellen DeGeneres to Caitlyn Jenner Each of us has witnessed the shift in attitude toward homosexuality and transgender that has been occurring in America. When Ellen DeGeneres made her announcement in the late 1990s, she experienced some backlash but made a swift recovery, eventually launching her career as a successful talk show host. She […] Read More

Are your tax dollars funding racism?

In the 2012-2013 fiscal year Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, reported that it had received $540.6 million dollars in taxpayer funded government grants. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, worked closely with the scientists who devised Hitler’s “race purification” program.  She commissioned Dr. Ernst Rudin, director of the Nazi […] Read More

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage …

First comes love, THEN comes marriage, THEN comes baby in the baby carriage … I am continually amazed at the things that I read … and not always in a good way. As the title goes … First comes love, then comes marriage, THEN comes baby in the baby carriage … there are reasons for […] 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

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