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Syria is hellhole for all Syrians, but Christians less likely to make it to safety

Recent violence in Paris and now Mali has set off a storm of anxious discussion and disagreement about how best to help the Syrian refugees. The arguments rage on TV between pundits and politicians, but also across American dinner tables, with people of good faith…

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The Wonderful Thing China’s One-Child Policy Did For Me

China’s one-child policy, now reportedly ended, is one of the great tragedies of our time. Not everyone sees it that way, of course. Some, from the safety of a free society, celebrate forced population control as a reasonable reaction to their environmental fears. They easily…

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Obama’s War on the Little Sisters of the Poor

  They’re back. Actually they never went away. But until last Friday, people had more or less forgotten about the Little Sisters of the Poor’s lawsuit against the Obama administration. That was until the Supreme Court announced that it will hear their case, alongside six…

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Colorado Recall Elections and Planned Parenthood

Last week I sat on a panel in Boulder, CO before a packed room of voters there to talk about the issues that mattered most to them. I was talking about religious liberty, but it was clear that a lot of people there wanted to…

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In Cuba the main form of ‘birth control’ is abortion, a sign spiritual poverty

  As a radiologist in Miami, working mainly with a lower income population, many of my female ultrasound patients are young women recently arrived from Cuba. It breaks my heart to meet these wonderful women with slightly tortured yet musical names starting with Y, such…

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Family, the Synod and the Pope

The ever-popular Pope Francis received a rock-star welcome in the United States recently, doing what he usually does: challenging entrenched opinions and blithely crossing political lines which seemed impassable.  It was in Philadelphia, where his focus was the needs and pastoral care of the family,…

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The Crisis of Marriage

Anyone at Mass on the first Sunday in October heard the same readings, including the bishops congregated in Rome for the Synod on the Family. They were from Genesis: the creation of woman to be man’s perfect companion “bone of my bones and flesh of…

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The Free Market Pope?

Lost amid the media’s tug-of-war over the Pope’s political persuasions (which he has made clear do not exist), has been his clear affirmation of the dignity and vocation of work and free enterprise as ennobling. In his address to Congress, Pope Francis directly addressed, “the…

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An open letter to Pope Francis from a Cuban-American Catholic

Your Holiness, It is with tremendous anticipation and excitement that your flock here in the United States awaits your visit.  We know it will be your first, and it is our ardent wish that you will come to know us and understand us, so that…

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La Verdad detrás de Planned Parenthood

En este mes pasado hemos visto un gran escándalo que ha estremecido la fundación de Planned Parenthood.  A varios funcionarios de la adinerada fundación se les ha filmado in fraganti, discutiendo con una frivolidad asombrosa la mejor forma de abortar a un feto. No la…

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