Archive for March, 2015

The Big Lie of Marriage and Family “Equality”

As we draw closer to the big U.S. Supreme Court decision this year on the legality of same-sex “marriage,” we can expect to see our Facebook timelines, Twitter feeds, email boxes, and television screens flooded with stories about the “marriage equality” movement. The misguided goal of this global movement is to mandate into law equal recognition for relationships that are, in fact, unequal in reality. The law can then be used to silence public opposition...

A Pro-Life Year of Mercy

Recently, Pope Francis announced an upcoming Year of Mercy that will begin on December 8, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council (and of course the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, which holds special significance for us in the U.S., who enjoy the patronage of the Immaculate Conception) and conclude on November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

What is mercy? One dictionary defines it...

The Simplicity of Truth

God’s teaching, while rich in its depths for theologians, is remarkable in its simplicity for ordinary men. Simplex, the Latin word for simple, means “without fold”—one sheet or layer with nothing hidden under a fold. Complex in Latin means encircled, embraced, and enfolded—“with fold,” something not easily seen or understood. The Ten Commandments are straightforward and direct (without fold), not subtle, nuanced, or roundabout. What is complicated about “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and...

Marriage and Marketing

Some years ago, there were two companies that produced canned salmon. For one, the salmon was pink; for the other, it was white. Popular perception was that the pink was more natural and healthier than the white. As a result, consumers purchased the canned pink salmon in such relative proportions that they threatened to drive the white salmon manufacturers out of business. An ingenious marketing expert saved the day for his company by...

Just a Mom: Beyond “Having it All”

Mid-century or Second Wave Feminism was focused very distinctly on desires that women have to engage in creative work, an ideological thrust that has been implemented by encouraging women to enter the workforce. And today, after the dawn of the new millennium, we women still find ourselves very concerned with, even obsessed, with this dilemma of “balancing” professional success with the commitment we want to have to our children.

Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook has implored...

A Doctor’s Conscience and End-Of-Life Legislation

“The customer is always right.” This used to be a phrase to keep the customer happy and a bit of wisdom to keep a customer returning for more of a business’ product or service. However, is this philosophy tenable within the realm of medical care? Recently, Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock filed SB 1163 that would mandate that very ideology.

At first glance, many people may see this as a reasonable sort of request....

The Glamorization of Forbidden Pleasures

In the ancient world, the pseudo sciences of alchemy, astrology and magic prevailed in backgrounds of secrecy and darkness. To produce the magical elixir that transforms base metal into gold or to read the constellations to foretell the future were suspicious activities associated with criminal or underground operations—fraud in some covert form, a type of “forbidden” pleasure. They were unnatural, immoral and dangerous pursuits. Whereas mining and minting gold were legitimate pursuits of honest...

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The Sanctity of Life for Dummies

We are, supposedly, a sensitive people. In our inclusive, pluralistic, post-modern world we now realize that it is a terrible thing to offend others. Therefore, we avoid any allusions to the deity when speaking in public, lest we might offend an atheist, and are careful not to bring red and green cookies to a “Winter” celebration lest we might offend a non-Christian. Nonetheless, this hypersensitivity does not extend to everyone. Being as ultra-careful...