Ten Things to Remember if You’re Worried About Persecution

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With the Supreme Court making same sex marriage a civil right, Catholic bishops issuing statements for Catholics to stand firm for true marriage it’s understandable if you’re feeling nervous about possible persecution. Then when you read about two lesbians who took a Christian baker to court in Oregon and hear that the baker and his [Read More...]

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A Communist Crucifix? The Devil is in the Dialogue

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This news article attempts to whitewash the Bolivian president’s tasteless and offensive gift to the Holy Father: a Communist Hammer and Sickle turned into a crucifix. The Pope’s press secretary Fr Lombardi put a diplomatic spin on the gaffe… “You can dispute the significance and use of the symbol now, but the origin is from [Read More...]

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Pope Francis and the “Mother Wound”

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My article for Aleteia this week focusses on Pope Francis’ homily in Ecuador on the role of Mother Mary. This “mother wound” then affects our own ability to love and be loved. That inability then extends to our relationships, and when it is multiplied throughout society the whole culture becomes dysfunctional. The ability to love, [Read More...]

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Hate the Sin Love the Sinner: How Do I Do That?

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I’ve been troubled recently while pondering the spiritual bromide “We hate the sin, but love the sinner.” Here’s the problem: how do you separate out the sin from the sinner? Isn’t that a kind of dualism we don’t really believe in? We say, for example, that the human person is a unity of body, mind [Read More...]

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Why the Catholic Mass Is the Center of All Things

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Stop for a moment and consider the turmoil and trouble in the world. Violence, rage and anger abound. Ideologies clash and war threatens. Diplomacy and nice talk does not work with those who are driven by ideologies of hate. The ideologues gather in their tribes, ready to wage war and destroy the enemies they fear [Read More...]

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Have the Mainstream Media Fallen Out of Love with Pope Francis?

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Has anyone else noticed the remarkable silence in the mainstream media? Pope Francis–who was once their darling for saying about a person with same sex attraction, “Who Am I to Judge?”–is absent from the front pages this summer. When he went to Brazil for World Youth Day in 2013 it was big news. The crowds [Read More...]

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