Death Penalty

On April 30, the Governor of Ohio granted executive clemency to Arthur Taylor, just days before his scheduled execution. That same day there was a botched execution in the state of Oklahoma which led the Governor of Oklahoma to declare a stay on all executions until a review of the botched execution could be...

Judge Not

We’re nearing the end of winter on Ash Wednesday. It has been a tough one for much of this country. Here in Cincinnati, we’ve seen the most snow and ice since the winter of 1978. Needless to say, people have been miserable. One of the worst storms was a few weeks ago. First came a layer of ice,...

Why such a catastrophe?

Super-typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8. It made its first landfall on a tiny island just off the coast of Samar. The storm then slammed Leyte and the islands of Biliran, Cebu, Negros, and Panay.  After the storm hit the Philippines, TV news and photos showed that this typhoon was a...

Welcome to Life, Beautiful Baby Boy

On October 14, right in the middle of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, a little boy was born in San Diego, Calif. His birth parents are a teen-aged couple who chose life for this child and offered him for adoption. His adoptive parents are my niece and her husband. I have been an advocate for life for many...

The $50 Miracle

It’s easy to forget how miraculous life is, but every so often something happens that’s such a perfect moment, there’s no doubt God had a hand in that precise circumstance. I generally don’t think God meddles in our minutiae—God really doesn’t help a baseball player hit a home...

Fasting and Praying for Peace

When Pope Francis issued his call for people to set aside September 7 to fast and pray for peace in Syria, I found myself tempted to dismiss it as a predictable and idealistic response to a disturbingly complex situation. I had to knock down a few cynical arguments in my head (“Right, because God...

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