The Challenge of Chastity

old couple

One of my wisecracks is, “I used to be chaste, but she caught me.” Sorry. Bad joke. Another one liner on the subject that has changed my life is Pope St John Paul’s observation, “Chastity is the work of a lifetime.” Think of it like this: chastity is the work of a lifetime because it [Read More...]

We Are All to Blame for the Marriage Meltdown

marriage breakup

As the Supreme Court debates the issue of same sex marriage and Pope Francis prepares for the second round of what promises to be a bruising Synod on the Family we should all wake up to the fact that marriage is a mess. We should open our eyes and realize that the human race is [Read More...]

POTUS Candidates Reveal Two Catholic Churches

biden ryan

My article for Aleteia this week gives a sketch of the various Catholics who are, or may be, in the running for the White  House. There have never been as many Catholics stepping up for the top job and their backgrounds and opinions provide an accurate reflection of a diverse and divided American Catholic Church. [Read More...]

Screaming Kids and Urban Thugs

Demonstrators jump on a damaged Baltimore police department vehicle during clashes in Baltimore

When the kids were little I remember Mrs Longenecker telling me that she was in the family van with a friend and their infant was in the back seat screaming his head off. The mom countered by opening a lollipop and giving it to junior. Mrs Longenecker observed in her usual down to earth way, [Read More...]

Why Same Sex Marriage Is Impossible for Catholics

My article this week at the National Catholic Register explains the Catholic reasons why same sex marriage is an impossibility. This is the main reason why the Catholic Church will never allow same sex weddings — because we believe that marriage is a sacrament, and we can’t change the content of the sacrament. A sacramental marriage is [Read More...]

Sixteen Signs of True Authority Every Catholic Should Learn

Pope Francis in the Cathedra of St John Lateran

When faced with the multiplicity of religions its easy to think that they are all the same Its easy to think they are all either man made religions or that they are simply the accident of certain historical and cultural conditions. The question to ask when considering the validity of a religion is where its [Read More...]