The contagious mass psychosis of 1917 continues today

Our Lady of Fatima

By Tom Quiner I was sitting on my patio one summer night sipping on a glass of wine and enjoying the company of some good friends when the conversation took a mysterious turn. Carol told of something extraordinary she witnessed years ago at Veterans Auditorium here in Des Moines, Iowa. She was the reluctant attendee…

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Anti-Catholic bigotry is epidemic

Anti Catholic bigotry

America has worked hard to promote pluralism. We’ve been wildly successful. Yes, there have been setbacks. But our motto of e pluribus unum, “out of many, one,” has worked because our nation enshrined in our Constitution as its most important rights the freedoms of religion and speech. The re-emergence of anti-Catholic bigotry in the past…

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Shine the light

shine the light

In this Sunday’s 2nd reading (Ephesians 5:8-14), St. Paul tells us to live as children of light … to shine the light! We’d like to think Elton John was inspired by St. Paul when he sings those words in his hit song, Philadelphia Freedom, but that might be a stretch. Here’s the complete reading for…

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Fr. Martin accuses pro-lifers of grumbling

James Martin S.J.

Writing in last week’s Wall Street Journal (Houses of Worship:  Abortion and the Grumbling Crowd), Fr. James Martin said Jesus broke bread with sinners, which makes the case against denying communion to pro-abortion politicians, by his way of thinking. He also drew a moral equivalence between abortion and the death penalty, quoting San Diego Robert…

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“Who is my neighbor?”

who is my neighbor?

This Sunday’s readings are about abortion. Many disagree. They assert that the Bible doesn’t directly talk about abortion anywhere. In fact, some abortion rights advocates claim that 5 Bible verses actually support abortion rights. This Sunday’s gospel reading suggests the issue hangs on a single question: “Who is my neighbor?” The Parable of the Good…

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Who is the guardian of the sacraments?

guardian of the sacraments

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not present her self for Communion because of her uncompromising political support of unregulated abortion. Ms. Pelosi ignored her bishop’s admonition and immediately took communion in Washington D.C. which raises the question: who is the guardian of the sacraments? Ms. Pelosi thinks she…

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The two shortest verses in the Bible reveal everything

You heard the two shortest verses in the Bible during Lent: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35), and “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Let us reflect on the profound implications of these concise verses through the lens of the pro-life movement. They reveal the essence of the Bible. Why did Jesus weep? Because we matter. His friend…

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Hope in the face of evil

Dr. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and author, reflected on the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday: “You cannot write a more tragic story. It is impossible. It’s an aggregation of everything people are afraid of. There was no death more painful than crucifixion. That’s why the Romans invented it. You know what’s coming. Plus…

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Pro-lifers, we are graced by our suffering

graced by our suffering

The scene: the Iowa State Fair. Pulse Life Advocates and our allies, Iowa Right to Life, shared a pro-life booth in the Varied Industries Building a few years ago.  A woman walked by our booth and became agitated once she realized who we were. She walked up to a young woman manning our booth and…

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