Monday, April 20, 2015

Talking Death Penalty...

There has been a lot of talk on the cable news stations this week about the death penalty. This is
primarily because of the trial of the Boston bombers. In listening to the banter, I noticed that the general public takes a very different approach to the death penalty than the Catholic Church does. In short, the public looks at the death penalty as a form of punishment, while the Church looks at it as a form of self defense.

The TV news host asks his "expert" guest the question, "Do you feel (insert name here) should receive the death penalty?" Invariable the answer focuses on the crime(s) committed and whether those crimes are horrendous enough to warrant the punishment of putting the criminal to death. Never does the question arise if there is any necessity to put the person to death. Sometimes the idea of "justice" may come up, but the form of justice that they speak of can be summed up in the words, "an eye for an eye."

This is a very different approach than what we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church which focuses on whether the death penalty "is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor." In other words, it is an extension of the principals of proportionate force and self defense; "the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty," when it is necessary in order to defend human lives ("self defense") and when there is no other "non-lethal means... sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor." ("proportionate force")

Catholic teaching on the death penalty reaffirms the dignity of the human person, the hope that all sinners will turn to Christ in repentance, and society's current ability to keep persons in incarceration, when she states in the Catechism that, "the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity 'are very rare, if not practically non-existent.'" The primary concern in regard to all of our actions remains the salvation of every soul.

All references are from CCC 2267

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Affordable Catholic Theology Classes

Dr. Taylor Marshall has a fantastic idea a while back. He wanted to make higher level Catholic theological studies available to more people, with a reasonable time commitment, and at an affordable price. He started the New Saint Thomas Institute. Each class lasts just a month and takes very little time commitment. This is not an accredited college/university. While they do offer 4 certificates, the purpose it to provide affordable and accessible higher education in Catholic theology rather than a degree. They only accept new enrollment once a year, and that is happening now. Take a look.

New Saint Thomas Institute


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Atheist Haunted by God...

Jennifer Fulwiler is a popular Catholic blogger who was once a convinced atheist. This article is a piece of her conversion story. It, like everything Jennifer writes, is well worth taking the time to read.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fantastic Catholic Parenting Podcast

Two dear friends of my wife and I, Mike and Alicia Hernon, have started a podcast on parenting after much urging from friends and family. Their podcast is called Messy Parenting. Mike and Alicia have 10 kids and Mike is the Vice President of Advancement at the Franciscan University of Steubenville while Alicia is the On-Site Director of Domestic Affairs for the Hernon Household.

What I really love about this podcast, besides hearing the voice of old friends, is their realistic approach to Catholic parenting. They do not water down their efforts to help their children grow up to be Saints and yet they are realistic and don't believe that being a Catholic family means your kids are perfect 24/7. They are very honest in sharing their own struggles.

I encourage you to take a listen:

Click Here to go to the Messy Parenting Web Site


Pope Francis' Easter Message

Pope Francis points to the violence in the world today in his Easter message and reminds us that the
answer is Jesus Christi, and Jesus Christ risen from the dead!

Click Here To Read


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Illustrated Guide to the Triduum

This illustrated guide is a fantastic catechetical tool and can help anyone brush up on the details of the "three Days." Take a look!

Link to Illustrated Guide


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Those of Us in Ministry are Supposed to Feel this Way During Holy Week.

No, I do not mean "holy"' or "spiritual." We are supposed to feel TIRED. Pope Francis addresses his priests telling them that exhaustion is part of ministry and to turn to the true source of their strength...

Read the CNS Article Here.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Law Prof Who Supports Gay Marriage Explains Why He Supports Indiana's Religious Freedom Law

This is a great article giving an straightforward explanation of what Indiana's Religious Freedom Law, similar to national law and laws in 31 other states, really intends.

Click Here to go to the Weekly Standard Article


Play Pac-Man in the Vatican!

Google Maps has a new feature that you may have heard about allowing you to play Pac-Man on just about any map you pull up. It's a very cool idea that someone with too much time on their hands created for the rest of us to get sucked into playing and waste our time as well. Did I mention how cool it is?

One place you can play Pac-Man is on the map of the Vatican... and I know you want to try it! A video clip from Rome Reports below gives you some details. Start at and once you find the location that you want, click the Pac-Man link on the bottom left corner of your screen.