Separating Families on the Border and the Catholic Teaching on Immigration

by Ed Harpring July calls to mind the celebration of Independence Day, ice cream, cookouts, pools, beaches, or anywhere just to cool off. Almost these activities are associated with familes and family fun in the sun.  This summer, however, the news spotlight has been focused on families who are in turmoil - suffering migrant families … Continue reading Separating Families on the Border and the Catholic Teaching on Immigration

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The Power of Presence

by Deacon Stephen Bowling As July settles in and the days get hot, I marvel at just how many folks I’m seeing who actually are taking real, formal vacations. It seems the days of “giving it a miss” as Monty Python would say are becoming more and more infrequent – and I for one am … Continue reading The Power of Presence

Religious Freedom Week 2018

by Ed Harpring Religious Freedom week is especially providential this year. In the last two days the Supreme Court has decided two significant wins in favor of for Religious Freedom.  As Catholic News Agency reported on June 25, the Supreme Court vacated a Washington state ruling against local florist Barronelle Stutzman, who in 2013 declined … Continue reading Religious Freedom Week 2018

“Standing Up for Faith: The Supreme Court Decision on Religious Freedom”

by Ed Harpring "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” MT 5:11 On June 4th, the Supreme Court decided the much-anticipated Religious Freedom case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who declined … Continue reading “Standing Up for Faith: The Supreme Court Decision on Religious Freedom”

Pastoral Care . . . Fathers Matter

It is nearly impossible to be engaged in current events without hearing the phrase “children at risk.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three children — now live in a home in which the biological father is absent. However, nearly every study conducted through the social … Continue reading Pastoral Care . . . Fathers Matter

The Unattainable Heights of Fatherhood

by Deacon Stephen Bowling I must confess writing about the concept of fatherhood fills me with a bit of dread. As a father myself, and as a son as well, I cannot help but think of the concept in terms of flaws and imperfection. The responsibility is so huge, the goal so important and the … Continue reading The Unattainable Heights of Fatherhood

Family in Crisis: Parental Rights and the Tragic Story of Alfie Evans

by Ed Harpring Catholic Social Teaching and even society at large, tells us that parental rights concerning the welfare of our children is a preeminent, inalienable right, and a foundational principle of any civilized society. However, the tragic case of Alfie Evans shows that the increasing power of the state is ever more usurping individual … Continue reading Family in Crisis: Parental Rights and the Tragic Story of Alfie Evans