May 30, 2019

There’s talk that the United States will be going to war in either Iran, Venezuela, or both, and so we’ll have to take a look at the prospect in light of Catholic teaching. It’s really not a close question, as might be suspected in advance, but it is worthwhile to set out fully why attacking either country would be a serious breach of the Fifth Commandment. Let us first set forth the just war doctrine as articulated in the Catechism… Read more

May 16, 2019

As the New York Times reports, “Alabama’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a measure to ban most abortions in the state. But the Legislature’s approval and the governor’s signature did not immediately outlaw the procedure, and it is far from clear when, or even if, the measure will ultimately take effect…. “The bill that the Republican-controlled Legislature overwhelmingly passed sought to prohibit abortions at every stage of pregnancy. It includes an exception for cases where a woman’s health is… Read more

April 18, 2019

On Good Friday we remember that God subjected himself to the evil of humanity, and what that evil looked like when it was placed upon him. We recall that somehow, in a way not fully understood by us, this voluntary self-sacrifice by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe made possible a reconciliation between him and the humanity that manifested its rejection of him by the torture and degradation it inflicted upon him. It is of the essence of the… Read more

March 24, 2019

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump berated “Detroit automakers for closing plants and sending jobs abroad.” [1] With the next election coming next year, he has stepped up the rhetorical attack once again, and has demanded that General Motors reopen its Lordstown, Ohio plant, urging “G.M. to close a factory in China or Mexico instead of idling the one in Lordstown.” G.M. responded that the fate of Lordstown and other North American factories “’will be resolved between G.M. and… Read more

March 15, 2019

Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.” —Matthew 23:1-3 Recently your humble servant has been writing about how bishops should be elected by the people of the diocese. While it is an idea that has pleased some, it has been met with derision by others. That has to… Read more

February 26, 2019

$96,261.00 That’s what the annual salary of a homemaker would be if she was compensated in money for the work she does according to Investopedia in 2012. [1] Investopedia “examined some of the tasks that a homemaker might do to find out how much his or her services would net as individual professional careers,” taking into consideration only homemaker “tasks which have monetary values” using “the lowest value for each calculation.” The professions that went into the calculation were a… Read more

February 9, 2019

“The Church values the democratic system inasmuch as it ensures the participation of citizens in making political choices, guarantees to the governed the possibility both of electing and holding accountable those who govern them, and of replacing them through peaceful means when appropriate,” said St. Pope John Paul II in Centesimus annus. “Thus she cannot encourage the formation of narrow ruling groups which usurp the power of the State for individual interests or for ideological ends.” (Ibid, no. 46) [1]… Read more

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