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

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The Sheer Audacity of Thomas More

by Deacon Stephen Bowling It is no accident that Saint Thomas More is one of our exemplars for Religious Freedom Week. As a self-professed student of the man and his writings (both my offices are heavily decorated with his images), I find it comforting that the Church sees fit to place him very much “in … Continue reading The Sheer Audacity of Thomas More

“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