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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

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

Can Catholics Favor Marijuana Legalization?

#460763757 / gettyimages.com Last week, I wrote an article about the Church’s silence in regard to the morality of marijuana use.  I encourage you to read it in full, but it boiled down to: The Church has been silent because she is as ignorant as the rest of us, and it might be that marijuana […] 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

Marijuana: Why the Church is Silent

Marijuana.  Cannabis.  Weed.  Pot.  This plant of infamy is now permitted for recreational use in two states, and either approved for medicinal uses and/or decriminalized in 24 others.  Two states will decide this Fall whether they too will legalize marijuana.  What is a Catholic to do? It Used to be so Simple Back when marijuana’s […] Read More