Dear HHS: Of Course It’s about Contraception 1

Since the Health and Human Services Department announced its controversial mandate just over two weeks ago, the thrust of most arguments against it have focused on its being an unprecedented attack on religious liberty and freedom of conscience, which it most certainly is.

Just one step away

Some people, however, have been insisting too much that the real issue at stake is not about contraception, as if to say, frankly, that’s a thorny issue we’d rather not have to deal with right now.

It certainly is a thorny issue and, in fact, it really is More…

More Than Human: Towards a Better Understanding of the Catholic Church Reply

I was recalling a before and after experience I had of the Last Judgment fresco painted by Michelangelo. I first saw it in the late 80’s. It was truly a magnificent fresco, but I left with a sad “I wish I could have seen it in its original splendor.” Five centuries of More…

Why I Love Jesus, Religion, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter Reply

By now, everyone’s familiar with Jefferson Bethke’s viral, “I hate religion but love Jesus,” video, which has now surpassed 16 million views on Youtube. The controversial rap-style poem provoked a plethora of video responses from Christians and atheists, and a few comical comebacks, like this one:

Classic false dichotomy

In a recent interview More…

“Signs of the Times…” A Timely Warning from Our Pope 1

“When a culture attempts to suppress the dimension of ultimate mystery, and to close the doors to transcendent truth, it inevitably becomes impoverished and falls prey, as the late John Paul II so clearly saw, to reductionist and totalitarian readings of the human person and the nature of society.” – Pope Benedict XVI

In his recent address to the bishops of the United States of America on their “Ad Limina” visit, His Holiness, Benedict XIV observed that: More…

Biltrix Alert: New HHS Mandate Is a Direct Attack on You, Our Church, and the Religious Liberty of All Americans Reply

I believe it’s a matter of grave concern for all of us:

[From CatholicVote.org]

Dear CV Friend,

Get ready to pay.

This morning [01/20/2012] President Obama called New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to break the news.

Secretary of Health and Human Services and pro-abortion More…

A Good Reason for Reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church Reply

The famous orator, Cicero, once said that “to not know what occurred before you were born is to always remain a child.” Part of maturing and having a strong identity is to know where you come from, your culture, your values. No one starts from scratch.

This quote from Cicero can be applied to Catholics regarding their faith. More…

You Are What You Preach: the True Identity of the Church 2

Isn’t it so easy to judge others by their appearance or let oneself go by first impressions? Many years ago I had an experience that made me think twice before following this natural tendency. I was in the seminary and didn’t really like a certain fellow seminarian. I thought: More…

Why a Year Dedicated to Faith? Reply

Finding the Right Door

Have you ever experienced the following: you are at someone’s house for the first time and you need to use the restroom. You ask where it is and they tell you, “down the hall to the left.” You go down the hall and you find two doors. You open the first one and you say to yourself, “Oh, oh, wrong door!” Lesson? To get to the right room you have to open the right door.

Pope Benedict in his Apostolic Letter proclaiming a “Year of Faith” More…

Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62 Reply

Christopher Hitchens will be remembered for his staunch atheism and pungent attacks on religion.

Here are Christopher’s reflections on Paschal’s Wager. This is a testament of his beliefs, just a year before he would finally succumb to esophagus cancer.

Please, remember him in your prayers, and may he rest in peace. More…