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Playing the Ostrich on Price Inflation
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Playing the Ostrich on Price Inflation

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By the time you read this, there’s a good chance that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have held the Fed’s first press conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee—the Fed committee that controls monetary policy. Leading up to this historic moment, the popular press has repeated a well-rehearsed rhetorical dance as […]

Is Religion Important in Relationships?
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Is Religion Important in Relationships?

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“Is religion important in relationships?”  When I am interviewed and get asked this question, usually on a Catholic program, I initially say that yes, religion is very important.  I say this because in a lot of ways, it is, and frankly, I could get heckled if the audience is full of Catholics and I don’t […]

iConfess
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iConfess

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I have a confession to make. Recently, I made a solemn vow — never again to participate in another voting contest. I promised this to all my friends and family but before I carried out the vow, I begged them to vote for my ugly floor. It was an ugly floor contest and the prize […]

Anointing of the Sick: A Healing Intervention at the Bedside
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Anointing of the Sick: A Healing Intervention at the Bedside

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A Response to a Problem Within clinical practice, I frequently encounter well-intentioned people who erroneously confuse “healing” with cure, people such as fellow health care professionals, Catholic patients and their family members, health care proxy decision makers, among others. Following upon this confusion, they misunderstand the place of the “healing sacraments” such as the Eucharist, […]

Does Promoting the Family Make Cent$?
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Does Promoting the Family Make Cent$?

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Is promotion of the family a common good and profitable? These questions appear to be the point of contention for corporate America due to confusion in the definition of “family.” Consider the Human Rights Commission report (buying guide) of companies that promote the lesbian and gay agenda versus those that do not. The Human Rights Commission […]

Downgrading America: S&P Declares the Obvious
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Downgrading America: S&P Declares the Obvious

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If you had been living on another planet the last three years, you would be shocked to learn that the credit-rating agency, Standard and Poor’s (S&P), has placed the current AAA credit rating for the debt issued by the U.S. Treasury on a “negative watch” status. Most of us who live on planet earth had […]

Were Conquered Christians Really Liberated Muslims?
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Were Conquered Christians Really Liberated Muslims?

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Imagine if a top American historian appeared on the MSM insisting that the only reason Europeans conquered the Americas was to “defend” the Native Americans—who somehow had adopted Christianity centuries before Jesus was born—from being persecuted by heathen tribes. While that would create a maelstrom of outrage and derision in the West, in the Arab […]

He Is Alive and Waiting For You!
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He Is Alive and Waiting For You!

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Our churches will be packed today, filled by an influx of infrequent visitors and with the lovely fragrances flowing from the multi-colored spring flowers that will surround our altars and fill our sanctuaries. How pleased Our Lord will be to see so many there. How hopeful He is that all will return. The songs we […]

Bringing Good from Evil
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Bringing Good from Evil

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Not long ago the media reported on a Pennsylvania abortionist who had been arrested for killing newborns. Pictures of his victims were included in a grand jury report. It was vile. Photos of dead babies killed as they were born, their necks with gaping wounds where the abortionist had slit their spinal cords. Despicable and […]

CAIR's Strong-Arm Tactics in the Cradle of American Liberty
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CAIR’s Strong-Arm Tactics in the Cradle of American Liberty

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Aaron Proctor, a Philadelphia-based libertarian writer, can count himself the latest victim of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that ironically claims to work for civil rights. Proctor, a colorful commentator for the Philadelphia version of Examiner.com, had the temerity to investigate CAIR’s dubious background in connection with its Philadelphia branch’s planned fundraising […]

Do We Have the Gumption to Take Our Medicine?
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Do We Have the Gumption to Take Our Medicine?

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With Washington’s budget showdown over – for now, at least – attention has shifted to the next major government funding crisis on the horizon.  With a mere $80 billion between the government and default, lawmakers, lobbyists, and Obama officials are scrambling to make the case for an extended line of credit. But just as with […]

Suffering with Those Who Suffer
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Suffering with Those Who Suffer

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Heading home from school, I heard only my solitary footsteps hitting the sidewalk, and the rustling of books shifting in my book bag. Looking unruly and uncivilized, with an air of foreboding, a long patch of woods surrounded me on both sides of the street.   Not seeing anyone else around, I began to feel uneasy. […]

The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Seven, Theresa Bey
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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Seven, Theresa Bey

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Presented in cooperation with Greg Schlueter and JP2Journey.com: The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story, remembering World Youth Day 2002 and the impact of Pope John II. Part Seven, Theresa Bey On the seventh day of World Youth Day 2002 we walked from our sleeping areas to Downsview Park, where Pope John Paul II would celebrate […]

Good Friday: God is Dead
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Good Friday: God is Dead

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Behold the wood of the cross, on which has hung our salvation: come let us adore (Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion). As we trod with Jesus the steps to Golgotha that draw Lent to a close, it is worthy to note that these are not the waning days of a dry, tired Lent. Instead, they […]

The Agony of Holiness
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The Agony of Holiness

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Holiness is not merely faith, it is not merely virtuous behavior, it is not merely serving others, and it is not merely acts of piety.  Holiness at its core is the belief that we were made to share in the life of the Holy Trinity coupled with the desire and the determination to act in […]

Betrayal
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Betrayal

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A non-Catholic acquaintance was visiting my home recently.  On seeing one of the Sacred Heart pictures in the house, she commented that that one of her older relatives was an Italian Catholic and liked those “Sacred Heart pictures too, but really, I think they are pretty morbid.” “Oh, my dear,” I thought, “it would take hours….” […]

Why Call It Eucharist (Thanksgiving)?
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Why Call It Eucharist (Thanksgiving)?

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Jesus said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”… And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My Body which is given for you.”  And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which […]

Celebrate the Living, But Mourn the Dead
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Celebrate the Living, But Mourn the Dead

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The media is abuzz with news about humanity’s numbers. Sometime during the latter part of this year or early next year — the exact date is still a little fuzzy — there will be, for the first time in history, 7 billion people alive on the planet at the same time. Left-wing pundits are already […]

The Essence of This Pontificate
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The Essence of This Pontificate

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What has been the essence of Pope Benedict XVI’s first six years, since his election on April 19, 2005, six years ago? What has been the pontificate’s chief characteristic? If one thinks of the pontificate as a whole, it is clear that the center of Benedict’s papacy is teaching. This pontificate is the pontificate of […]

Pope Paul VI & Natural Law: Follow-up to Latin and the Memory & Identity of the Catholic Church
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Pope Paul VI & Natural Law: Follow-up to Latin and the Memory & Identity of the Catholic Church

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In the course of the publication of my articles on Latin and the Catholic Church’s memory and identity (part one, part two, part three, part four), commentator “Michael” posed the question, “Can Catholics figure out, by Natural Law alone, the ‘goodness’ or ‘badness’ of some writing?”  He also made the claim that, “…in removing the […]

Free Will: Candy has Consequences
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Free Will: Candy has Consequences

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For years, I guarded the kids’ Easter baskets like the soldiers outside of Christ’s tomb. I’d monitor them vigilantly – if I could have rolled a stone in front of them, I would have. I wanted the children to make the contents last and to really appreciate the treats inside rather than just wolfing them […]

Why is Respect for the Common Good Important in Catholic Bioethics?
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Why is Respect for the Common Good Important in Catholic Bioethics?

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What is the common good?  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:  “By common good is to be understood “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily”. The common good concerns the life of all. It calls for prudence […]

Sadness and Divine Mercy
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Sadness and Divine Mercy

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Have you ever wondered why you aren’t more joyful?  I have.  I think as a Christian I should be filled with joy, and yet at times I struggle with sadness.  Often it is because I can’t seem to balance all the issues I am dealing with.  Adam and Eve, before the Fall, had no problem […]

Christian Conservatives and Randians
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Christian Conservatives and Randians

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According to a 1991 Book of the Month Club / Library of Congress survey that asked what book had most influenced their lives, the two top picks by respondents were the Bible and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Coincidentally, this is a big week for both Christians and Randians. The former are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus […]

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