Lying on the Stand

I’m sure that many of you have been following the discussion regarding the Lila Rose/Live Action controversy. Were they sinning by deceiving Planned Parenthood personnel and thus exposing their corrupt activities? There has been some great thinking on this from all sides of the issue. Perhaps I would give the nod to Dr. Peter Kreeft’s explanation, […]

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Faithful Catholic, Faithful Citizen

At their semi-annual meeting November 10-13th in Baltimore, the United States bishops will discuss the “practical and pastoral implications of political support for abortion.” Some might question the timing of this discussion, coming days after a national election featuring a candidate whom Princeton professor Robert George described as being the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to […]

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Faithful Catholics and Loyal Americans

Today Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph,  Missouri issued a joint pastoral letter entitled “Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens.” After carefully explaining the priority of rejecting intrinsic evil when it comes to exercising the right to vote, the bishops quoted a 2004 memo from then-Cardinal […]

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Holy Terror?

A student in one of my School of Faith courses asked me to explain how terrorism could possibly be justified as doing “God’s will.” I think that’s an important issue for us to explore if we want to address the problem at its root. Obviously this issue arises in the context of Islam, since at least […]

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Back to School

I just wanted readers of this blog to know that as of next week, I will be working full-time for School of Faith. School of Faith is a program of adult catechesis primarily designed to provide doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholic school teachers and administrators in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.  Its […]

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Pelosi: Meet the Bishops

Since our last post concerning the pro-abortion views of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, where she misrepresented Church teaching about abortion. Her public statements are increasingly drawing fire from the Church hierarchy. First, there’s the statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, coauthored by CUF episcopal […]

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Separating the Men from the Boys

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church” (Eph. 5:25). The problem is, most of us can’t just flip a switch and love our wives “as Christ loved the Church,” even if–especially if–we understand the depth of St. Paul’s words. Nonetheless, we realize that the Apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give […]

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Other Gospels?

A couple Catholic school teachers recently asked me how much weight we should give, if any, to the “other gospels” out there, such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Usually when I’m asked about “apocryphal” works, it’s in connection with defending the authenticity of the so-called “deuterocanonical” books of the […]

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The Devil in Our Midst

In his latest column for the Catholic Sentinel, Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon discusses the realit of Satan’s presence in the world. The context for his reflections is a recent conference he attended on the subject of demonic possession and exorcism. While an undue fascination with the details of possession might not be spiritually […]

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