Category Archives: Family

The Culture of Life is a Culture of Motherhood

Let’s talk about diapers: a newborn baby will need 2,500 diapers in the first year, and many more after that, but state-run programs like WIC and SNAP don’t address even basic needs like diapers. The fight to end abortion grabs headlines, but the press pays little attention to the mundane needs of the single mother [...]

10 Things I Did Differently This Week Because John Paul II Existed

The saints who will be canonized on April 27 changed Catholics’ lives dramatically – Pope John XXIII by opening the Second Vatican Council, and Pope John Paul II by implementing it. In planning a week of events leading up to the naming of our St. John Paul II Student Center on his canonization day, we [...]

“He saw the city and wept over it”

In American electoral politics, we take for granted that liberals will win in the cities and conservatives will win in the country with the suburbs up for grabs. However, this is increasingly an untenable position as inner suburbs have moved to the left over the past few decades. In the latter half of the 20th [...]

What Makes You Different Is What Makes You Beautiful

This picture is important. Many children diagnosed with Down Syndrome and other special needs are aborted – and we need to be talking about this disturbing fact. Catholics need to be outspokenly, unapologetically pro-life because every single life is precious and deserves a chance at life. I have written here before about babies with fetal [...]

The Culture of Dishonesty: Abortion, Divorce, and Obamacare

Over at Public Discourse I have an essay looking into the public’s rather disturbing (to me, anyway) lack of anger about the president’s dishonesty in selling the health care law (if you like your health care, you can keep your health care). Over the decades, there seems to have been a decline in seriousness about the need for politicians to [...]

40 Things You Should Give Up for Lent

  These are just suggestions.  Don’t give up all forty things on this list.  Just pick one or two.  Or none. Oh yeah, and there are a few that you should probably just give up forever.   1. Sweets.  And if you aren’t a “sweets person,” you aren’t a “human being with a soul.”   [...]

Why do a majority of Catholics think God is wrong about marriage?

Here’s a fun fact for the start of your work week: 53% of Americans now support redefining marriage along gender neutral lines. While that might not be a “fun” or even newsworthy statistic, you might be surprised to learn that only ten short years ago – seems like only yesterday doesn’t it? – only 3 [...]

Arizona: Losing Our Religion

This week we got our first real preview of what a post-gay marriage America could look like. What began as a straightforward attempt to protect religious freedom and conscience rights ended with yet another defeat when Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062. But this defeat reveals a great deal about the kind of battle we [...]


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