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A little inspiration for Catholic professors

The 2013-2014 academic year recently started and those of us who are college faculty are getting settled in to the routine of lecturing, writing, and grading. This is my 21st straight year on a college campus and my 10th year as a full time college professor. Even though I am still relatively young, I realize [...]

“Can we have it all?” is the wrong question

Many years ago, I met an enchanting woman. Mamoo was in her 80s, with white hair, a face full of wrinkles and a figure that could envelope several grandchildren at once. Her expansive home with a beautiful chapel on the Chesapeake Bay was a crossroads for her sprawling family, people on retreat, and various hangers-on [...]

Military Strike In Syria Does Not Meet The Requirements Of Justice

The march to war—or at least limited military strikes in Syria has a brief respite, while the United States waits to see if a diplomatic effort from Russia will persuade Syrian president Bashar Assad to place his chemical weapons under the control of the international community. Here in the United States, President Obama has ruled [...]

Are Senators in favor of war in Syria driven by greed?

That seems to be the suggestion of this article by Donny Shaw over at, a site that’s stated mission is “revealing money’s influence on politics.” I saw several of my pro-life friends pass this article around, so I wanted to address my concerns with the article, the first of which is that it provides [...]

Mrs. Cuccinelli: Why is Common Core asking about religion and other personal questions?

“Few people really know what is at stake in this election,” said Teiro Cuccinelli, wife of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. “It is very important that we elect a governor who recognizes the importance of holding back the tentacles of the federal government.” Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the current Attorney General for Virginia, entered the [...]

How Surveys Overstate Support for Same Sex Marriage

Last week University of Texas Sociology Professor Mark Regnerus had an interesting essay on National Review Online about public opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The mainstream media has lavished plenty of coverage on both the 2012 electoral victories for same-sex marriage and polls which show increasing public support for same sex marriage.  The [...]

Yes — Roman Catholics are Pro-Life

Earlier this month, Quinnipac University released the results of a survey on attitudes toward abortion. It found that 37 percent of Americans think that abortion should be illegal in “all” or “most” cases.  This is broadly consistent with previous surveys. Quinnipac has conducted polls on abortion attitudes 5 times since January 2010 and the percentage [...]

Requiescat in pace, William Clark

I’m very saddened to report that William P. Clark, also known as “Bill Clark” or “Judge Clark,” passed away Saturday, August 10th at 6:00 AM California time. He died at the ranch so dear to his heart, surrounded by the family so dear to his heart. Bill had been ailing for a long time—a long [...]

The three best arguments for dropping the atomic bomb

1. 2. 3.   Yeah, because there aren’t any. Sorry. There’s simply no way to square that circle. There’s no way to say it’s okay to intentionally kill tens of thousands of civilians because of ____. You just can’t finish that sentence in harmony with Catholic morality. At all. We are not talking about the [...]

Catholic education must rely not just on teachers, but witnesses

Much is made these days about reforming Catholic education, specifically of improving academic achievement and Catholic identity in our Catholic schools. Both are in need of improvement. I would argue, however, that we cannot make significant improvement in either of these directly, that is, without addressing more fundamental issues first. I believe that both academic [...]



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