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A Review of ‘The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels’ by Alex Epstein

“There exists a certain reciprocity: as we care for creation, we realize that God, through creation, cares for us. On the other hand, a correct understanding of the relationship between man and the environment will not end by absolutizing nature or by considering it more important than the human person. If the Church’s magisterium expresses grave misgivings about notions of the environment inspired by ecocentrism and biocentrism, it is because such notions eliminate the difference of identity and worth between the human person and other living things. In the name of a supposedly egalitarian vision of the “dignity” of all

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The Novena Begins Tomorrow

The summer of 2015 may well be remembered as the time our culture took a nose dive into darkness. June brought us the news of the cosmetic transformation of the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn. This was quickly followed by news of the Supreme Court’s legalization of homosexual marriage. Then in July we had the gruesome undercover footage showing a Senior Director of Planned Parenthood describing how it is despicably selling body parts of aborted children, some obtained by using the horrific practice of partial birth abortion to harvest certain body parts intact. With such an

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Endowed by Their Creator

In yesterday’s post Artemus shared a men’s group discussion regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, of the inevitable clash between those who follow the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and those believing in objective moral truth. This came close to home yesterday when, during a phone call, my wife had a debate, at times heated, with her sister. At the heart of this exchange was the meaning of the word “dignity.” The uproar in media was about this word as well. After all of the celebrations, parades & euphoria subsided the media set its sights on Clarence Thomas and

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Go Ask Alice

I recently came across an interview by Trent Beattie in the National Catholic Register (NCR) with Dr. Alice von Hildebrand. Dr. von Hildebrand is Professor Emeritus at Hunter College in New York City. To many, she is known as the wife of the late Catholic theologian and philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand whom she met when a student at Fordham University. In 1949, Alice received her PhD in philosophy from Fordham and was hired as the first woman to teach philosophy at Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City. Like her famous husband, she is an accomplished author and worldwide lecturer.

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Manhattan Monkey Trial

GENESIS 1:24-28 Then God said: Let the earth bring forth every kind of living creature: tame animals, crawling things, and every kind of wild animal. And so it happened: God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good. Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on

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Bye Bye to the Sacrament of Farewell

This week, the National Catholic Register reported that the Archdiocese of Denver has decided to re-order the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to the order set forth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) by placing Confirmation after Baptism but before 1st Holy Communion. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila told the Register, “The theology on the order of the sacraments of initiation is clear, and through my many experiences as both a parish pastor and a bishop, I knew that this was the right decision to make …. the decision to restore confirmation to its original place is motivated by my

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An Intergrated Attitude Toward Drinking

I recently engaged in a conversation with work colleagues regarding the pros and cons of returning the drinking age to 18. As most of them were under the age of 30, they were unaware of the history of Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) over the past 4 decades. For those of you who don’t recall, between 1970 and 1976, approximately 30 states lowered their MLDA from 21 to 18, 19, or 20. Thankfully, this was shorted lived as highway statistics showed a marked increase in traffic deaths caused by young drunk drivers in most of the corresponding states. In response

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Spotlight on Narcissism

“On a reality TV show, a girl planning her Sweet Sixteen wants a major road blocked off so a marching band can precede her grand entrance on a red carpet. Five times as many Americans undergo plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures as ten years ago, and ordinary people hire fake paparazzi to follow them around to make them look famous. High school students physically attack classmates and post YouTube videos of the beatings to get attention. And for the past several years, Americans have been buying McMansions and expensive cars on credit they can’t afford.” The above excerpt was taken

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Motown and the Second World War

Today, May 8, we commemorate VE-Day (Victory in Europe). This marks the 70th Anniversary of the official, unconditional surrender of Nazi, Germany to the Allied Forces. First and foremost we give thanks to all our selfless veterans. However, I’d like to also refer you to an article in today’s Detroit Free Press highlighting the contributions of Michigan citizens, specifically the businesses of Detroit. This is all the more ­­­­relevant in light of our recent discussions and past blog post, surrounding the city’s long downward spiral. One quote I found particularly derisive was by Reichsmarshall Herman Goering, at the start of

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May Day, My Day

I once read that May Day has its origins in late 19th Century America when the eight hour workday was first adopted in the city of Chicago. From there, it didn’t take long for socialists and unionists around the world to declare it as an “international worker’s holiday”. It was during the Cold War that the holiday began to be associated as an official communist celebration. In response, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established in 1955 by Pope Pius XII emphasizing that work must always respect the human dignity of the laborer and serve the common good

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