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Category Archives: Homosexual “marriage”

Experience and lifestyle choices

Let’s talk a bit about life experiences. Specifically, about those experiences that you can’t have. There’s a lot of positive reinforcement for experiences like travel, adventure, sports & activities, trying new foods…. And I think all of us harbor at least a little admiration of people who live a high-experience, somewhat impermanent life around the […]

The will of God vs. the will of the people

Last night at dinner with a priest friend the discussion naturally turned to the Supreme Court decision on homosexual marriage, called by President Obama — as reported by the New York Times – a “victory for American democracy.”  Well, as both my husband Chilton (author of After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy) and […]

More on Freedom of Religion

After my blog of last week on Freedom of Religion, I came across a new book by Catholic historian Diane Moczar.  Called The Church Under Attack: Five Hundred Years That Split the Church and Scattered the Flock, the publisher, Sophia Institute Press, calls it an “unabashedly Catholic history that documents scores of sustained and unprecedented […]

Will the President Strike Another Blow against Freedom of Religion?

On January 3 President Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2013. Included in the bill is Section 533 which according to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty “provides legal protections for military chaplains, barring the Department of Defense from forcing them to perform services that violate their moral or religious […]

Religious Freedom and Persecution

On November 4, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, gave a speech at Notre Dame on religious freedom and persecution of the Church.  Archbishop Viganò pointed out that “While acts of persecution can mirror those associated with martyrdom, other elements can be directed to sustaining  difficulty, annoyance, and harassment that […]

The Next Four Years

How did Catholics vote in the election?  According to, 50% voted for Obama and 48% voted for Romney.  That statistic is a disgrace.  It means that a large number of Catholics are Catholic in name only.  Bishops and other clergy take note. The next four years will be tough for us.  It will be […]

Twenty Years Ago: Pat Buchanan and the Culture War Speech

The New York Times ran a piece today about Pat Buchanan’s “Culture War” speech given twenty years ago at the 1992 Republican convention.  The piece made me think about how far in the wrong direction we’ve come since then. “There is a religious war going on in this country,” said Mr. Buchanan.  “It is a […]

Note to the Bishops: Faith and Morals Yes. Politics No.

If the bishops of the United States spent more time fighting for things that are matters of faith and morals and less time interfering in political matters that are none of their business, we’d be a lot better off. Abortion is a matter of faith and morals.  So is the HHS mandate requiring Catholics to […]

The Pope and the Legalization of Homosexual Marriage

I was glad to see that Pope Benedict spoke to a group of American bishops on March 9 about “the contemporary crisis of marriage and the family, and more generally, of the Christian vision of human sexuality,” telling the bishops, “particular mention must be made of the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter […]

Which will prevail? Secularism or Religion?

Cardinal Raymond Burke and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius agree on one thing:  We are in a cultural “war”.  Which will prevail in this world?  Secularism or religion? Abortion and homosexuality and “gay marriage” are at the heart of the conflict; but are certainly not the only issues.  There are strong feelings on […]

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