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Restoring Catholicism

The Catholic Church, throughout history, has always proved to be most successful when she is counter-cultural, when she clearly opposes sin, and when she clearly distinguishes herself as God's holy ambassador to a sinful world. For example; let's take two periods of history, when the Catholic Church was most in peril, yet what followed was a springtime of evangelism and growth.

The first example is the age of the Early Church Fathers, AD 68-312. It was during this time the Catholic Church found herself surrounded on all sides, by a hostile Roman Empire hell bent on her destruction, coupled with heretics within the Church, hell bent on her corruption. During the early years of this period, Saint Paul tells us that sexual immorality was widespread (the Church at Corinth in particular), which had to be dealt with swiftly and firmly. Heretics within the Church continued to push for sexual immorality throughout this three century period. The period of persecution ended in the lega…

Homeschooling - The New Normal

This essay first appeared on Church Militant.

Just a little over one year ago my wife and I made the difficult decision to homeschool our children. I won't go into the reasons why, as the reasons are a little different for every family, but I will say that it was one of the best decisions we've made in a while. We have no regrets.

Like most American families these days, our financial situation dictates that both my wife and I have to work, so juggling the homeschool schedule is a little challenging. I work the weekends, and handle most of the homeschooling during the week. My wife works during the week, and handles a couple homeschooling days during the week, occasionally doing a little review with the children on the weekend. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? YES!

As it turns out, newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that homeschooling has increased a whopping 62% since 2003, for families with children between the ages of five and seventeen. In 2012 s…

A Political Lesson from the United Kingdom

HOW U.K. POLITICS CAN TEACH AMERICANS A LESSON...

I want to use this story from the U.K. to teach my fellow American friends a lesson about third-party politics. While small third-parties exist in the U.K., they are relatively small and insignificant in their control of the government. The same goes for America. However, if they can muster just 2%-3% of an electorate, that can be enough to swing close elections in favour of one big party candidate or another. Thus, the losing big party has to find a way to attract that 2%-3% back into the big tent to win the next election cycle.

In the U.K. the Parliament in Westminster is dominated by two major political parties. The situation is similar to the U.S. The two major parties in the U.K. are the Conservative Party (otherwise known as the Tories) and the Labour Party. To compare, Conservatives are in some ways similar to America's Republican Party, and Labour is similar to the Democratic Party.

Please, no comments or emails on how tha…

Local Announcement

The following is an announcement for Catholics in the Southwest Missouri area. Click on the image below to view, download and share the flyer...

Are We Living in the Last Days? Part II

In the last essay (Are We Living in the Last Days? Part I) I explored the prophesied Great Apostasy which is to come upon all of humanity at the end of the world. I pointed out that while we are currently going through a massive apostasy in the Western world (Europe, North America, and places in South America and Oceania), and the Eastern world has gone through a massive apostasy under communism, the apostasy is not global in nature. There are still large regions of faith, particularly in Africa and Asia, in which Christianity is making great strides, even in the face of relentless persecution from communists and Islamists. Furthermore, the current apostasy in the Western world has a built-in auto-destruct timer, that makes it unsustainable. Secularism produces a childless culture. That's not speculative. That is a matter of historical fact. So every year, the average age of the Secular world gets older and greyer. To make up for this fertility crisis, Secular governments are for…

Anglican Ordinariate Catholicism in the Ozarks

This essay first appeared on Catholic Online back in 2009. It was my first venture into writing articles online. An update will appear below...

(Written in 2009) - When the Vatican recently announced the reception of Anglican communities into the Catholic Church it was a dream come true, not only for Anglo-Catholics seeking their own pastoral provision, but also for many Roman Catholics with Anglican backgrounds.

Over the last thirty years there has been a quiet but steady trickle of Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church. In the American province of the worldwide Anglican Communion - The Episcopal Church - it began with alterations to the Book of Common Prayer in 1979, and increased with the ordination of female clergy, along with the widespread acceptance of homosexuality.

Springfield Missouri is home to about four Episcopal parishes and two continuing Anglican parishes. There was one small Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) parish about ten years ago, but it was later disbanded…

Would You Bake A Swastika Cake?

This essay first appeared in Forward In Christ Magazine.

It seems that while Christians are dying for their faith all over the world, the United States of America is embroiled in a national debate about whether or not it is legal to force Christians to bake a same-sex 'wedding' cake. The conflict isn't just about cake. It also involves flowers, pizza and other commodities. It's a strange debate to be sure, but oddly enough, probably one of the most significant in our nation's history. The basic gist of it goes as follows...

A homosexual couple wants to get 'married'. So they approach a Christian baker for a 'wedding' cake. The Christian baker politely refuses to make the cake for that occasion, citing religious reasons for her objection. She will make any other cake for them; a birthday cake, a baptism cake, a bar mitzvah cake, even a blank cake which they can buy and decorate themselves. However, for this Christian, baking and decorating a cake for…

The Rhine Flows Into The Tiber - Again

'The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber.' Well, not exactly. The Rhine River in Germany doesn't really flow into the Tiber River in Italy, but it was the title of a great book, written by the Reverend Ralph M. Wiltgen. It has since been retitled 'The Inside Story of Vatican II'. The book highlights the profound influence of German-speaking bishops on the Second Vatican Council. It seems that post war Germany asserted a lot of influence on the Catholic Church over the last several decades, including many Germans holding high ranking positions at the Vatican, and one who even served as pope for eight years. However, the influence of German bishops has been a mixed bag. German clergy apparently only come in two flavours: uber-orthodox and uber-liberal. For example, Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI, fits into the uber-orthodox category, as does Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. There are others too, both inside a…

Climate Change: Media vs. Pope

A shorter version of this essay first appeared on ChurchMilitant.Com.
'We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries. In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity it is important for everyone to be committed at his or her proper level, working to overcome the prevalence of particular interests.' Do you find these words provocative? There were spoken by the pope. Does a pope have no business delving into the subject of environmentalism? You might be inclined to think these words came from Pope Francis, but they did not. They were actually uttered by Pope Benedict XVI in his Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, on January 1, 2010.

His Holiness didn't stop there. In the same message, he said:
'Without entering into the merit of specific technical solutions, the Church is nonetheless concerned, as an "expert in humanity", to call attention to the relationship between the Creator,…