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Disability rights activists protest assisted suicide bills as dangerous, discriminatory...

As multiple states consider assisted suicide legislation, disability activists are speaking out, saying the bills are slippery slopes that put the lives of people with disabilities at risk. Connecticut lawmakers are now considering HB 5898, “An Act Concerning Aid In Dying For Terminally Ill Patients,” which would permit doctors to prescribe lethal medication to people with less than six months to live...

True humility means using the gifts God gave you to serve His people...

Do you know what annoys a writer? A professional writer, I mean, someone like me who takes writing as his calling and his craft? When a reader says something like “It’s so easy for you” or “It must be great to have so much talent. The rest of us have to work at writing.” I will thank you, and look at you with what my wife says is an obviously insincere smile...

A little dose of eschatology at the airport...

I’m on the road today to speak at the Youngstown Diocesan Men’s Conference. I’m wearing my clericals and as I’m going through the ritual public humiliation we call “airport security” one of the rather stern looking guards–thin, bald headed with an aquiline look to him leans over and says to me, “What’s your eschatology...

3 tips to reaching modern culture for Catholic evangelists...

A few years ago, my family and I went to Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing because we absolutely marveled in the majesty of God’s creation. But, we also saw the results of natural disaster - in this case, forest fires. There were some sections of the park when all you could see were burned down forests. It was a reminder that God wastes nothing and even in seasons of struggle...

From St. Francis de Sales, 7 common undetected sins to consider before your next Confession...

“Do you have anything else to confess?” Said Padre Pio. “No, Father!” This back and forth continued twice more. “Go away! Go away! Because you are not reformed of your sins!” “But, but...” “Keep silent, gossiper, you have spoken enough!” St. Padre Pio was famous for knowing when people held back a sin in confession...

Learning the lessons of Lazarus and the rich man...

The well-known story of Lazarus and the rich man was read at Mass this morning (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent). On one level the message of the story seems plain enough: neglecting the poor is a damnable sin. However, there are other important teachings: about death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Those teachings are hidden in the details...

Pell case reminds the world why cardinals wear red...

Lent is a time in which we relive spiritually the events of Jesus’ sham trials for the crimes of blasphemy and sedition and his crucifixion. It’s also a time in which we ponder his words from the Last Supper, “No slave is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). Jesus sends us out “like sheep in the midst of wolves” promising that people...

Hell is real, you have a real chance of going there, and it will hurt like hell when you do...

He doesn’t like the idea of Hell, this voice of urbane secular liberalism, of people who pity the poor yokels who not only believe in God but think he has standards. “What modern believer wouldn’t want to cast off this old, sadistic barrier to faith in a loving God?” writes Vinson Cunningham in The New Yorker. “What kind of deity draws such a hard line between his friends and his enemies...

Saving eggs before blocking puberty: Why “transition” if still uncertain?

A recent report came out about a young woman who thinks she is a man so will be blocking puberty. However, her parents decided to wait until her first period before blocking puberty, and collect her eggs to freeze at that moment. I want to examine this and the moral consequences. This whole article implies, but barely states, the reality that most forms of hormonal or surgical gender reassignment render the patient sterile...

This is the only rational explanation for the world’s intense fear of and hatred for Christ and Catholicism.....

I have often contemplated this hostility toward and resistance to Christ and His Body, the Church; it is unparalleled. Few of the Protestant denominations experience this hatred. The Buddhists don’t seem to be subject to it. Even the Muslims are exempt despite the distinctly non-Western views that predominantly Muslim countries have on many social issues important to the American Left...