Apologetics

Why the National ‘Catholic’ Reporter is anything but

The National Catholic Reporter is a ‘progressive’ Catholic newspaper – and indicative of the serious problems facing the American Catholic. The editor embraced the signing of the Obama health plan, proclaiming that ‘….Congress and its Catholics should say yes to health care reform.’ Certainly, Catholics should say ‘yes’ to reform. Reform that is consistent with…

Charity and Tolerance

Charity is a Christian virtue. The Gospel is full of examples of the charity that Christ showed those considered to be ‘unclean’ or ‘outcasts’. This is not to say that he was tolerant of their behavior. Christ, through His works and sermons, demonstrated an emphasis on redemption. Redemption is different from tolerance. Tolerance implies that…

On Prodigal Sons

In Luke 15, Christ shares two parables. One of them – the Prodigal Son – is the lesson that had me thinking today. For those not familiar with the story, a young man demands his inheritance. His father gives him his portion, and the young man leaves and squanders the money on wild living. When…

John 15 – A Message of Hope

It would be so easy to lay down the burdens that Christians face. To be honest, how many of us were truly, personally effected by the Obama commencement appearance at Notre Dame? In my letters to editors, essays, and discussions I was asked this question often – “Did you even go to Notre Dame?” No,…

The Cost of Doing Nothing…

The Citizen and his bride were driving to Boston the other day when we heard a commentator share a quote from Edmund Burke.  For those unfamiliar with the gentleman, he was an Irish political theorist, statesman, essayist, orator, and philosopher who lived in the 18th century. As a member of the House of Commons, his…

The ‘Socialist Gospel’ – A Preemptive Strike

On the way to mass this morning, the Citizen’s bride shared today’s readings – a longstanding practice. She noted that there will be those who would use this to justify socialism – after all, didn’t the first reading proclaim that There was no needy person among them,  for those who owned property or houses would…

Catholic ‘Tough Love’ is NOT Hate…

The Citizen takes heat on a regular basis from those who call me ‘narrow-minded’, ‘ignorant’, ‘hateful’, ‘mean’… my favorite is ‘unChristian’.  Why? If you have read some of my posts or heard me speak, you know that I am critical of people – especially Catholics – who are not acting in a manner that is…

A ‘New’ Gospel of Wealth

Liberals are generous to the poor. Conservatives despise them. Or so goes the logic of the mass media. Why? Because liberals believe that money is the answer. They believe that government has a responsibility to provide for the poor by giving them the necessities without personal investment or sacrifice. Conservatives believe in providing opportunities for…