"Be angry, and yet do not sin"

A justification for action against those members of the clergy who are ‘bad shepherds’ as described by Ezekiel and St.…

Reducing Abortion – Number or Need?

“It is not our goal to reduce the number of abortions.” The room was silent. The goal, she insisted, is to “reduce the need for abortions.” – Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Advisory Council Semantics? Not at all. There is a world of difference between these statements. Confused? Let’s break it down.As more…

The Need for a strong USCCB

Cardinal Francis George issued a statement ‘congratulating’ President Obama for his comments about the Conscience Clause. I am grateful for President Obama’s statement on May 17 that we should all “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion,” and his support for conscience clauses advancing this goal… Caring health professionals and institutions should know…

Why ‘Catholic’ is more than just a box to check

Nancy Pelosi – a staunch abortion-rights activist and …. ‘devout’ Catholic? Joe Biden – also abortion supporter and ….. willing to shove his rosary beads down your throat if you question him? Robert McElvaine – a professor of history who wants to impeach the Pope – and a Catholic? Afraid so, people. It is unfortunate…

Timeless Wisdom from our Forefathers…

I was musing about the rich history of these United States and the lamentable number of quotes and maxims that have been lost in the veil of ages. Throughout our short history as a nation, the United States has endured an amazing number of crises – and prevailed. Sometimes, it is a good idea to…

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…

Numbers don’t always tell the story…

The Citizen remembers his statistics course. On the first day, the professor announced that in the right hands, numbers can be made to say anything. A recent Gallup poll indicated that Catholics overwhelmingly support the President. The report further asserted that they could conclude that in the case of the Notre Dame ‘controversy’ does not…

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…