Archive for June, 2015

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma about mental illness seems to be widely encouraged by the general public in the western world. During the last few months, Demi Lovato and many other celebrities are vocalizing their own battles against mental illness, helping to combat the stigma that underlies many mental disorders, including bipolar, depression, anxiety and PTSD. The recent death of John Nash, the world-renowned mathematician diagnosed with schizophrenia, once again turned the world to focus on the subject of...

Pursuing Tangible Healing from Pornography

I have to admit that it is not often that I stray outside of the Catholic world for reading on topics of spirituality and morality. But when I was offered the opportunity to review Covenant’s Eye’s new More than Single, Finding Purpose Beyond Porn, I made an exception. I read it because I’m passionate about educating people about the multifaceted dangers of pornography and I’m always on the lookout for more effective ways to communicate...

A World without Consequences

All effects have causes. All actions have consequences. To understand these self-evident truths leads to an understanding of reality, the nature of things. In the realm of fantasy, however, these primary truths encounter denial or rejection—as if the laws of nature suddenly suspend themselves, do not apply, and make extraordinary exceptions for some individuals. This loss of contact with reality, logic, and science provokes all of the moral conflicts and culture wars that affect...

Will I Still Believe: Introduction (Objections Series 1)

I am a convert to Catholicism. I love the Faith; I believe it is true and good and that it helps me to live a more meaningful life.

I am also well aware that Catholicism is considered borderline insane by pop-culture, backwards in many intellectual circles and just plain baffling by many well-intentioned people.

Perhaps then it might be helpful, especially for readers and friends who are not Catholic and somewhat...

Absolutism v. Incrementalism

This, no doubt, will be a controversial article. In the wake of the passage of HR 36 (The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act) it has become obvious that many in the pro-life movement were not happy with the rape exception language contained within the bill and, as a result, opposed the entirety of the legislation. This argument regarding the rape exception has been a recent phenomenon when it comes to the...

My Grandchildren’s America

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Recently, I was blessed to spend time in Alaska with all of my children and grandchildren together for the first time in nearly two years. It was a joyous reunion and well worth all the planning and logistical manipulations required to make it happen.

We began our time together with Mass followed by the baptism of my newest grandchild, Felicity Faustina. It was a beautifully poignant moment as we welcomed her into the Church in...

Arrested Development

A five-year-old girl, known to the world as Yasmeen, has become a celebrity of sorts, if not an acclaimed moral philosopher. Her letter to President Obama supporting same-sex marriage has made news. In her message, tweeted to the president by her aunt, Yasmeen asks him to “stop war” and to “please give a speech to tell everyone that can marry who they want”. The latter request may be more difficult to execute.

The...

The Humanity That Jenner And I Share

The cover of Vanity Fair popped up on my Instagram feed, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Janice Dickinson gracing the cover.  A timeless beauty who has been hailed as the first super model in the 1970s, Dickinson has remained in the limelight despite the fact that she is now 60 years old. Looking closer at the Vanity Fair picture, I realized that that wasn’t Janice Dickinson at all. It was a person formally known as Bruce...