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May 11, 2016
If one can be a woman, why can't the other be a cat?

 If you haven’t seen “College Kids Say the Darndest Things,” a recent video released by the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), check it out. You will either laugh or weep.

Joseph Backholm, the executive director of FPIW, interviewed eight students from the University of Washington about gender identity. Backholm, a white, 5' 9"...

May 9, 2016

A slight detour on a cross-country trip took me to Possum Kingdom. The tiny community is in north-central Texas and lies nestled against the shore of a lake that attracts many people during the summer but few on the chilly day that I visited. I dropped in to see Bill and Mary Keeley, long-time friends of the family. When I was a teenager, they lived across the street from us, and I am godfather to two of their now-grown children.

Bill had sent me an e-mail a few weeks earlier, seeking...

May 6, 2016

Do you know the early warning signs of a young Catholic losing his faith? I do. I’ve seen them countless times in many young people over my nearly thirty-year career in Catholic apologetics and evangelization.

They include:

  • Apathy
  • Uncertainty and doubt
  • Giving in to difficult moral challenges and temptations
  • Feeling unloved or unaccepted by fellow Catholics

No doubt you’ve seen these warning signs in people you know. And maybe you’...

May 6, 2016

Imagine a man who arrives at the airport for his flight. His suitcase is stuffed full, closed and firmly latched, and yet there are all sorts of items hanging out from the sides: a shirt sleeve here, a pant leg there, a few socks, a tie, part of a sweater.

The lady at the check-in counter says, “Sir, you need to make sure everything is in your bag before we can check it.”  

The man takes a pair of scissors from his pocket and proceeds to cut around the outside of his suitcase,...

May 3, 2016
Douglas Booth & Hailee Steinfeld as the tragic teens in 2013's Romeo and Juliet

Last week former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was sentenced to fifteen months in prison. Many people who pay attention to the news casually might think the sentence was related to his sexual abuse of teenagers several decades earlier when he...