Category Archives: Catholicism

The Conversion of Saint Augustine: A Case Study in Evangelization




Today all Christian churches face the necessity of evangelizing not only non-Christians, but also nominal or cultural Christians. In facing this challenge, the churches struggle to determine how to be effective in their efforts. As St. Augustine records in his … Continue reading




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The Catholic Church on Immigration




Much of the debate regarding immigration has centered on the religious and moral obligation to welcome immigrants. Some take the position that it is immoral to restrict immigration on the grounds that the Bible teaches the imperative duty to respect … Continue reading




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Significant Dates in New Mexico History




Many Americans are unaware of the rich and long history of New Mexico, which predates the English settlements at Jamestown and in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Here are some of the key dates in New Mexico’s history under Spanish and … Continue reading




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Fray Angelico Chavez’s My Penitente Land




Manuel Ezequiel Chavez – better known as Fray Angelico Chavez – was a Franciscan priest born in northern New Mexico in 1910. He was a genuine polymath, known not only for his artistic talents, which explain his Franciscan name (a … Continue reading




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When The Knights of Malta Saved Christian Europe




September 8 commemorates the 450th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Malta by the Ottoman Turks in 1565. The Turks laid siege to Malta as a key ingredient of their plan to invade and take over Europe for … Continue reading




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The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: An Analysis of the Three Opinions




Click on the link below for my summary and analysis of the opinions in Hollingsworth, Windsor, and Obergefell: Obergefell Summary and Analysis




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Obergefell and the Free Exercise of Religion: Some Initial Thoughts




In the considerable wake of the Supreme Court’s decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015), people of faith have suggested  a number of different responses, many of which seem unwise to me. Here … Continue reading




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Hilaire Belloc on Islam




Is Islam a Christian heresy? The Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc thought so. In his book, The Great Heresies, Belloc contended that Islam, like other heresies including Arianism, sought to simplify Christian belief by removing the mystery of such doctrines as the … Continue reading




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The Catholic Church in New Mexico: Father Martinez Confronts Bishop Lamy




A few years after the United States acquired part of what is now the state of New Mexico, the Vatican established the Vicariate Apostolic of New Mexico in 1850, carving it out from the former Mexican Diocese of Durango. Jean … Continue reading




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The Vanishing Presumption of Innocence in Clergy Sexual Abuse Claims




Sexual abuse of minors by members of their clergy has been a major problem for both the abused children and their families, as well as for the priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams who are accused of such misconduct. While a … Continue reading




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