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A Question about Marriage

The Answer: Hi Danne, Part of the reason this question is tough is that there are a few kinds of marriage mentioned in scripture (at least 3 or 4), though there is really only 2. The for kinds are: 1) Natural Marriage – From the beginning, one man and one woman, each possessing half of […]

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Restoring Love: One Man’s Antidote to Pornography

I’ve been cautiously encouraged by some recent posts on GirlsAskGuys (I’ve mentioned them before).  In the last few weeks, I’ve seen an upsurge in posts about pornography.  Two were from male users asking how to stop.  One even identified himself as an atheist. It’s not enough to simply point out the harm that porn can […]

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A Confession Reflection for the Season that is Lenten

I spoke in my previous entry about Pope Francis’ enthusiasm for the Sacrament of Confession.  According to Catholic Radio, he decided to pursue his vocation to the priesthood while attending Confession. The majority of Catholics rarely, if ever attend Confession, a sacrament about which I am very passionate.  In a shared objection with non-Catholics, many disagree […]

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Pope Francis: Year in Review

In a time when the Catholic Church is under seemingly constant attack from a secular world that denounces her as irrelevant and out of touch and that also seems to suffer from internal disconnect, I can think of few people more vital today than Pope Francis. Where credit is due We needed Popes John Paul […]

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Shrovetide and The International Pancake Day Race!

The day before Ash Wednesday has many different names and traditions, to include Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras.  However, there is one fairly recent pre-Ash Wednesday tradition that actually takes place right here in Kansas.  It began in England with the observation of Shrove Tuesday.  This tradition is what we know today as the International Pancake […]

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Old Testament Proscriptions, The Levitical Law, and the New Covenant

I was reading a piece over at the Friendly Atheist, written by the daughter of prominent Christian evangelist Matt Slick, founder of CARM.org, a christian (but not Catholic, and at times Anti-Catholic apologetic website – I could write a whole web-site dedicated to refuting that stuff, but others already have.). The author of the piece, […]

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Abortion: Why Pro-Life Men Have a Say

On Good Friday this year, I travelled to Columbia, Missouri to participate in a living Stations of the Cross outside the local Planned Parenthood and attend sidewalk counselors’ training shortly thereafter.  Except for a 12-year-old boy who was with his mother, I was the only male there.  After giving my introduction, the lady running the […]

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The Anti-Pornography Renaissance: Non-Theistic Reasons To Go “Fapless”

I grew up in the era of dial-up internet, and I remember many of my friends touting the blessings of high-speed internet.  A few gamed, but ultimately it was all about one thing: how quickly you could download porn – first pictures, and then video.  It’s a temptation most guys face (I’ve talked to priests […]

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Book Review: American Patriots: By Rick Santorum

Through a friend of a friend, I managed to get on the Tyndale list for preview/review copies of books.  the first one that they gave me was Rick Santorum’s American patriots. In a nutshell, it’s a neat book.  The faux-aged paper is a bit tacky, but the contents, if not researched and cited to an academic […]

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What are Marian apparitions? What do I have to believe about them? What if they are on a grilled cheese sandwich?

A Marian apparition is a purported miraculous appearance of Mary on Earth.  They are not a new phenomenon. “Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church.  They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith.  It is not their role to […]

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Charismatic Gifts and Spiritual Maturity

Patrick shared an encounter that he had with a retreat group purporting to be a charismatic group, and the leader of which insinuated that to not pray “in the spirit” is to not pray at all.  Naturally, Pat was offended.  We went back and fourth discussing his piece, and I encouraged him to do his […]

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