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July 4, 2013

Today in the United States we celebrate Independence Day. Two hundred thirty-seven years ago our Founding Fathers declared our nation’s freedom.

Freedom is a good thing but, at the level of the individual, it is not always what people think it is. True freedom does not mean having the ability always to do whatever we want or whatever others might expect us to do. In fact, it sometimes entails acting against our desires or the expectations of others. To do otherwise...

July 1, 2013

To the surprise of no one, on June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—the section that defines marriage as being "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife"—proclaiming it to be unconstitutional. California State...

June 26, 2013

Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) is a mixed bag for me. By which I mean, it’s as if you took a whole bunch of things from music and religion that I don’t like and mixed them together in a bag.

One prominent exception, however, is Rich Mullins. I remember the exact time and place I first heard one of his songs—“The Other Side of the World,”...

May 29, 2013

As my colleague Jim Blackburn recently noted in his blog post on attending weddings, now is the time of year when wedding invitations show up in the mail. It is also about this time that we at Catholic Answers receive questions about wedding ceremonies.

Marriage is of such importance to a well-functioning civilization that societies have their own customs for weddings, customs...

May 1, 2013

Many years ago, when I was in the process of becoming Catholic, I read Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Catholic Answers president and founder, Karl Keating. It was in that book that I first came across a popular quote by Bishop Fulton Sheen that is often repeated today by Catholics discussing the phenomenon of anti-Catholic bigotry:

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