Category Archives: Ethics and Morality

Quote for the Day

“Violence is unworthy of man. Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity. Violence destroys what it claims to defend: the dignity, the life, the freedom of human beings. Violence … Continue reading

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The Politics of Muddy Thinking

One of my fellow bloggers, Deacon Scott Dodge in Salt Lake City, has written a wonderful post www.scottdodge.blogspot.com on the same-sex marriage issue that is threatening to engulf us all. I encourage you to link over and read it. Deacon Dodge … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Sin and Corruption

Pope Francis had some strong and interesting comments this morning at his daily Mass at the Vatican’s Santa Marta during which he spoke of sin, forgiveness and corruption. He made a distinction between sin and corruption of which I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“… we have lost the sense of fraternal responsibility; we have fallen into the hypocritical attitude of the priest and of the servant of the altar that Jesus speaks about in the parable of the Good Samaritan: We look upon … Continue reading

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Covert Euthanasia

The manner in which we care for our elderly, especially in health care, is something about which I get rather passionate. Most of my extended family have heard me go on a heated monologue about the manner in which the … Continue reading

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To Shepherd Well

The Office of Readings in the recent past offered for our reflection the theme of being a good shepherd, which I would summarize as meaning looking out for the good of the people without concern for our own status, places … Continue reading

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The HHS Mandate vs a Family Business

Here is a story of things to come if the HHS mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion, contraception and sterilization (regardless of the employers religious beliefs) is allowed to remain. I think this court case is going … Continue reading

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Truth, Satan, and Church Unity

I was asked to preach both last night and this morning. The Gospel readings for Mass the past couple of days were taken from St. John’s Gospel and the account of Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples. Two very beautiful … Continue reading

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Georgetown and Kathleen Sebelius

You may have heard in the press recently that Georgetown University, a Jesuit institution, has invited the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to speak at one of its commencement ceremonies in the near future. Kathleen Sebelius, although … Continue reading

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The Power of Forgiveness and the Beauty of Life

I viewed the film October Baby last night after being alerted it was showing in the local theater. What I found was a well-made movie that was strongly pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family. It was remarkably engaging and respectful. It was a … Continue reading

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Update #2 – “Has Europe Lost Its Soul?”

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathon Sacks delved into the morality of today’s economic crisis. Just as corporations have become international and have outsourced jobs and manufacturing, so too, he argues, they have outsourced moral responsibility, i.e., the attitude that “it is someone elses problem,” … Continue reading

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My Bishop’s Letter to all the Faithful in the Diocese of Winona

(This is a transcript of the letter that was read in parishes of the diocese of Winona today regarding the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that strikes at the heart of religious liberty and the sanctity of conscience. … Continue reading

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Speaking of Conscience

I mentioned conscience in my post earlier today. Let me define it for you, and then try to apply it to the idea of confronting the national conscience in regard to abortion, marriage and family, euthanasia, and other pro-life issues. … Continue reading

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An Assault on Conscience and Religious Freedom

As you may be aware, the Department of Health and Human Services recently directed that all employers, essentially, who provide health care benefits, will be required to provide contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients to their employees without deductibles or co-pays in … Continue reading

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Fear Sin More Than Persecution, says Pope Benedict

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict said that the Church should fear the sin of its members more than hatred against Christians. He noted that the Church has suffered persecution throughout its history and since it has … Continue reading

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