January 26, 2015

A man died on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, this past Sunday. He was a priest, theologian, and author, well-known in Catholic circles for writing books and articles that were theologically problematic. He was, one might say for lack of a better descriptor, a "liberal Catholic." As news of his death spread around cyberspace, Catholics on both sides of the Catholic theological spectrum commented on his passing in social media.

To the best of my knowledge, no one has offered any evidence that this man was a bad human being. His views of the Catholic faith were flawed, but he himself was widely regarded by ideological friends and enemies alike as a gracious man.

Imagine my surprise then as I watched my Facebook newsfeed fill with comments, offered on the very day...

January 22, 2015

Recently, I appeared on the local PBS radio and television affiliate (KPBS) to discuss a new assisted suicide bill that has been introduced in the California legislature.

Although the station representatives weren’t initially aware of it, both I and the gentleman taking the opposing view were widowers who lost our wives to cancer.

They were surprised and supportive when this turned out to be the case, and it helped balance the discussion since we both had very moving personal stories.

We first did a 15-minute radio debate, which can be listened to through a specialized audio player at this link:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/jan/21/brittany-...

January 17, 2015

It is hard to believe it has been 42 years since the legalization of the murder in the womb popularly known as "abortion." As we remember the legally drollish but culturally devastating decisions of the Supreme Court of "Roe" and "Doe" on Jan. 22, hopefully, all of us will become reinvigorated in the on-going battle to save the lives of our weakest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters in what was once the sanctuary of a mother's womb. Now, it has become a more dangerous place to be than Iraq or Afghanistan.

One way we can become more effective as we present our case for life, I believe, is to be unified in our message. "And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle" (I Cor. 14:8)?

Some will say I am being persnickety when I say this, but I...

January 12, 2015

I usually write blog posts late in the evening on Sundays so that they can "go live" for the public first thing Monday morning. Recently though, I had spent the weekend battling the flu and wanted to get to bed early. But I had yet to write a blog post and could not think of anything to write about. Desperate for an idea, I threw up a bleg on my Facebook page, asking Friends:

Say you've been dealing with the flu all weekend, and now have about three hours to think up and write a blog post if you want to go to sleep at a decent time tonight. What would you write about?

The response was immediate: Write what you know. Suggestions included prayers for healing,...

January 9, 2015

Free will is at the very core of the message of the entire Bible. In my book, Behold Your Mother – A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, in the chapter (12) entitled, “Other Redeemers? Understanding God’s Plan of Salvation,” which is a lead-in to chapter 13, “Mary’s Saving Office,” I explain:

Catholics believe man was constituted by God as naturally and essentially free, and that this freedom is not destroyed when a man comes to God through Christ. We say that grace never destroys nature; rather, it heals and perfects it. And this freedom is precisely what we see in Scripture. From God’s...

January 5, 2015

For many American Catholics, the Christmas season pretty much ended yesterday at the Mass for the Feast of Epiphany. Yes, depending on how you reckon the Christmas season, we may yet continue to celebrate Christmas through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord—or through Candlemas—but, for many Americans, Christmas feels like it is over for the year...

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