The Wheat and the Weeds

The Citizen has been engaged in a forum discussion that has turned to the debate on ‘rightwing’ Catholics and ‘leftwing’ Catholics. There should be no such thing. There are only orthodox Catholics and heterodox Catholics. Any Catholic espousing positions or supporting politicians who embrace policies contrary to the Magisterium, the Catechism of the Catholic Church,…

Sorry, but it does take more than love to make a family…

This whole Chik-fil-A furor seems to be creating an interesting bout of finger-pointing about Jesus, gay marriage, and tolerance. One justification of Christ embracing homosexuality came from a fairly liberal (no pun intended) interpretation of Mark 7:15 “…here is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which…

Honoring the Sacrifice of the Innocents

In the time that it takes to read this essay, some 8 or 10 abortions have taken place somewhere in America. Despite a shift towards a pro-life position in this nation, some 3,700 abortions are performed every day in this country. This makes many pro-life advocates angry. In the case of some, it drives them…

Why this battle must be fought

The controversy over the HHS mandate is one that is bringing a number of festering issues to a head. Some have been orchestrated by an administration hostile to the Catholic Church in America. Some issues are a result of the Obama administration’s blind pursuit of their agenda – despite the cost. In a large part,…

Just War – A Catholic Theory

The United States is waging two active wars, a third global war against global terrorism, and we have assumed the lead in a massive air campaign in Libya. As Catholics, what are we to think of war? Isn’t violence always wrong? Shouldn’t we be ‘turning the other cheek’?
Not always – St. Thomas Aquinas gave us some tools to help us determine the right and wrong of force.