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Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children

October 7, 2018 5 Comments
Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children

As a kind of follow-up from yesterday’s Gospel on marriage, we do well to ponder where our focus on marriage is, both personally and nationally. Finding our way back – Part of the essential work we must do in re-establishing a coherent vision for marriage rooted in tradition, Natural Law, and, for believers, Scripture, is to restore […]

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The Carnage of Divorce

June 28, 2017 19 Comments
The Carnage of Divorce

Almost two decades ago, as a younger priest, I remember trying to save a marriage. Sadly, by the second counseling session I concluded that the couple really had no intention of trying to save the marriage. Rather, they were looking to me to assuage their guilt and to console them by telling them they were […]

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Literally Messing with their Brain. What Recent Scientific Studies Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Raising our Children

December 9, 2013 53 Comments
Literally Messing with their Brain. What Recent Scientific Studies Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Raising our Children

In modern times there has been a tendency to downplay the differences between men and women, preferring to see whatever differences have historically existed as simply social constructs. This thinking was insisted upon by many as a kind of political correctness that must be held otherwise punishment and excoriation was sure to follow. Nevertheless, most […]

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The Story of Eli: A Moral Tale on the Peril of Poor Parenting and Unfaithful Priestly Ministry

January 13, 2010 23 Comments

In the reading from today’s Mass we are introduced to Samuel for the first time. We also see are rather stunning portrait of poor parenting and poor priestly leadership in the person of of High Priest of the Sanctuary at Shiloh, Eli. Consider this line from the Scripture today: Samuel was sleeping in the temple […]

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Overpopulation: A Persistent Myth Rescheduled Many Times

September 23, 2009 18 Comments

It was always drilled in to us when I was growing up that the planet was overpopulated. We were promised famines, and disease by the doomsayers. Clearly we were headed for disaster and only contraception could save us. Some also suggested forced sterilization and abortion for recalcitrant reproducers, like they have done in China. But really! […]

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Done the old-fashioned way

September 22, 2009 0 Comments

During a homily a few weeks ago, I took the example of Christ chastising Peter by saying, “Get behind me, Satan” and applied it to the rearing and teaching children. In the Gospel according to Mark, Peter did not want Christ to be crucified. So, when Jesus told Peter that his death would be necessary, […]

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The First Blow to Marriage: No-Fault Divorce

September 9, 2009 10 Comments

This Year marks the 40th Anniversary of No-Fault Divorce. With the signature of Governor Ronald Regan on Sept 5, 1969, the State of California became the first State to enact “No-Fault Divorce.” Other states quickly followed and within 15 years it was nationwide. In effect this law simplified divorce and streamlined it by allowing only […]

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Opportunity Scholarships Provide Hope

May 13, 2009 1 Comment

What should we do when a public school system is failing it’s children? The first answer that comes to mind is that we should reform that school system. But what if that reform has been resisted for years by complex political and philosophical forces? What if, for decades a public school system that everyone admits […]

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