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Waiting on God
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Waiting on God

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The first readings for the daily liturgies this week tell the story of Abram and his family. On Monday, God promises that Abram’s descendents will inherit the land he has brought him to. He was seventy-five years old at this point.  Tuesday, God makes the promise again.” I will make your descendants like the dust […]

Bishop Warns of “Impending Genocide in Sudan”
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Bishop Warns of “Impending Genocide in Sudan”

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A Catholic bishop in Sudan has warned of a possible new genocide in the country. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Macram Max Gassis of El Obeid Diocese warned of further problems in South Kordofan, on the border between north and south Sudan, where there has been […]

The "Sacrament" of Abortion
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The “Sacrament” of Abortion

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The Sacrament of Abortion is the title of a book written by Ginette Paris and published in 1992. In this short book, the author claims that abortion is a sacred act, a sacrifice to Artemis (known to the Romans as Diana).  Artemis is both a protector of wild animals and a hunter who kills them […]

Our Health is Overinsured!
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Our Health is Overinsured!

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One of the arguments for healthcare reform is that millions of Americans with employer-provided healthcare are underinsured. Proponents of this view are saying that people are underinsured if they are paying too many of their healthcare costs out-of-pocket. Quite the contrary, a little reflection on what insurance is and is supposed to do suggests that […]

Pictures for Life
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Pictures for Life

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The Legislature of the State of Texas meets every two years for 140 days. It is in session this year, and among the bills that it has passed is one that requires a woman who is seeking to abort her child to have a sonogram at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion. The […]

Movie Review: <em>Courageous</em> Shines Needed Light on Fatherhood
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Movie Review: Courageous Shines Needed Light on Fatherhood

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On Tuesday, May 10th, together with two co-workers, I headed down to Menomonee Falls, WI to attend a promotional screening of the movie Courageous.  Courageous is the fourth production of Sherwood Baptist in Albany, GA.  Sherwood’s previous productions are, “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.” Facing the Giants was Sherwood’s first big hit, followed by […]

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Caught Lying—While Swearing to God
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Muslim Brotherhood Leader Caught Lying—While Swearing to God

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Sobhi Saleh, a top Muslim Brotherhood leader who was elected by Egypt’s Supreme Council to be on the constitution amendment committee, recently gave a speech wherein he insisted that Brotherhood men should only marry Brotherhood women, since they are “superior” to other Muslim women in Egypt—and so they can “produce little Brotherhood kids.” He also […]

Book Review: <em>Catholic Family Bootcamp</em>
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Book Review: Catholic Family Bootcamp

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Are you looking for a book which will help your family increase in virtue?  Catholic Family Bootcamp is an ideal resource for assisting your family not only in reinforcing the spiritual virtues, but also in strengthening emotional bonds with your closest family members.  “I have only one goal in providing you with this devotional book: […]

When Fathers Fail: Healing the Father Wound
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When Fathers Fail: Healing the Father Wound

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Have you ever heard the saying “You can’t give what you don’t have?”  It makes sense doesn’t it?  I can’t give you a dollar if I don’t have a dollar right? But in terms of affection, love and relationships it makes even more sense. If your father was not affectionate, you may have trouble showing […]

An Insipid Debate
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An Insipid Debate

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Deep dish or thin crust? Leno or Conan? And people say American civic discourse is no longer serious. What could be more serious than the choice presented to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at Monday night’s Republican presidential debate, between Coke and Pepsi? (For the record, Pawlenty prefers Coke.) The debate, hosted by CNN and […]

The Making of a Father’s Heart
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The Making of a Father’s Heart

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Did you ever look at your husband and wonder just what you did in your life to deserve such a man?  Does that scene in The Sound of Music, where the Captain and Maria declare their love for one another finally make sense to you?  (“I must have done something good….”).  There are so many […]

Father John Corapi and the State of Due Process for Accused Priests
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Father John Corapi and the State of Due Process for Accused Priests

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[Second Editor’s note: We have appended the message of June 20 from SOLT.] [Editor’s note: In light of today’s news about Fr. Corapi, we are rerunning this article which originally appeared on Catholic Lane on April 4 ,2011. We have appended Fr. Corapi’s message, released today, to the end of this article, as it stunningly validates […]

A Circle of Exchange is Better than a Circle of Protection
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A Circle of Exchange is Better than a Circle of Protection

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Strife over the budget in Washington continues, with religious leaders and organizations weighing in on both sides. The positions of Christian participants in this battle are as intractable as the secular combatants and for the same reason: A fundamental difference of outlook concerning the role of government and the effect of government programs. This clash […]

Relentless Targeting of Churches in Indonesia
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Relentless Targeting of Churches in Indonesia

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Dozens of churches in Indonesia come under attack every year and the country’s president is failing to take action to stop it – according to a leading Catholic peace activist who has produced a report describing the scale of the problem. Since 2006, more than 200 attacks on churches have been recorded by the Indonesian […]

The Kaleidoscopic GOP Primary, Part Deux
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The Kaleidoscopic GOP Primary, Part Deux

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The Republican presidential primary is only getting more interesting every day. That is, it is even more kaleidoscopic than I have previously noted. Mitt Romney, who has been kicked around pretty hard for Romneycare, flip-flopping on abortion, and, now, his views on global climate change or warming, won a head-to-head poll against President Obama among […]

May the Farce Be With You:Lessons for 2012 from Lincoln and Louis
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May the Farce Be With You:Lessons for 2012 from Lincoln and Louis

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Karl Marx famously quipped that great historical events and personages appear twice, first as tragedy and second as farce. The tragedy he had in mind was the French Revolution and the farce was its pale successor that took place in France in 1848. To the contrary, events leading up to the revolution turn Marx’s formulation […]

A Problem Larger than Anthony Weiner
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A Problem Larger than Anthony Weiner

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Congressman Anthony Weiner, who last week apologized for his reprehensible behavior, has now resigned from the House of Representatives. I have only a few things to say about this whole fiasco. First and foremost as a society we have lost our understanding of how wonderful shame can be. What? Shame is a good thing? Yes, […]

Justice or Comfort? Conservatives and the Rape Exception
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Justice or Comfort? Conservatives and the Rape Exception

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American conservatives do not often argue that it is the government’s role to guarantee comfort. While each of us has a right to be unimpeded by excessive governmental interference in our own “pursuit of happiness”, it is not common to find conservatives arguing that the government guarantees us happiness, or more to the point, guarantees […]

Confronting the Mindset of Secular Feminism
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Confronting the Mindset of Secular Feminism

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If you have access to the April 29 issue of The New Republic, take a look at a long review of several new books on abortion. The work of Christine Stansell, a professor of history at the University of Chicago and herself author of a history of feminism, it’s worth reading on several counts. Full […]

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Oh, How we Love to Celebrate!

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Celebrations – those joyous affairs that offer a welcome distraction from the drudgery of everyday life; a time when the weight of worldly concerns takes a backseat to festivity and lightheartedness; a venue in which happiness is allowed to prevail, even if only for a moment, buoying the spirits of those who but surrender to […]

Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating
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Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating

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Ten Ways to Chaste Dating for the over-21 Crowd and for those who live Outside the Home Please note that teenagers should never “date” without supervision.  Alas, there is little one can do for college students who live in co-ed dorms except follow the below rules to the best of their ability.  May St. Joseph […]

Capitalism as an Unnatural System
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Capitalism as an Unnatural System

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Ever since capitalism made its appearance in the late Middle Ages and came to dominate both production and politics in the late 18th century, there has been a vigorous debate on just what the nature of capitalism is. Central to these debates has been the question of capitalism’s relationship to the state, and particularly the […]

North Dakota's Sunday, No Rest from Floodwater Threat
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North Dakota’s Sunday, No Rest from Floodwater Threat

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Bismarck, North Dakota… It’s Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire on the Apostles’ heads and everyone could understand what was being said.  We could use a little of that around here as each day more all-time record floodwaters scream down 750 miles of the Missouri river, leaving an every […]

The School of the Family
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The School of the Family

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It’s always painful to read a book that makes you feel like you have failed/are failing in every way that truly matters. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. I felt that way after reading School of the Family by Chantal R. Howard. Howard has had an eventful life. Although still only in her twenties, […]

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