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Drag queen story time: behavior modification works best when you start early…

What Is Behavior Modification? “Behavior modification is a treatment approach which is focused on changing behavior. This method is based on the work of B.F. Skinner, a well known psychologist who developed the operant conditioning theory — which suggests that … Continue reading

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The danger of suicide lies in logic, not in imagination

“Martin Manley hated waking up early, but on his 60th birthday he did — or more likely, never went to sleep the night before.

“At 5 a.m. he entered a police station parking lot in a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, walked to a spot beneath a tree on its far south end and pulled out his phone.

“He dialed 911.

“He said this:

“I want to report a suicide at the south end of the parking lot of the Overland Park Police Station at 123rd and Metcalf.”

“Then, the blogger and former sports reporter for the Kansas City Star pulled out his Saturday Night Special, a .380 pistol, and shot himself in the head… Continue reading

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Christianity and Love of Country

The Latin word patria is derived from pater (father), which is where we get our English word patriotism, and is synonymous with “fatherland.” It is the place where we were born. As a synonym … Continue reading

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PA vending machines now do what Hippocrates refused to do: provide women abortifacients

I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them. I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion…. Continue reading

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The Social Principles of the Catholic Church

This is a summary of the social principles of the Catholic Church, which can be found in the book: How Christ Changed the World: The Social Teachings of the Catholic Church by Msgr. Luigi Civardi of Catholic Action, published in 1961. (Edited here by A. J. MacDonald, Jr.)


Around the debatable questions concerning the social value of the Gospel, three currents of ideas have been formed.

The first exaggerates this value, attributing to the divine Book a predominantly social content, and making Christ above all a reformer, an agitator, almost a forerunner of modern revolutionaries. To this trend also belongs certain humanitarian socialists.

The second current goes in the opposite direction in that it strips the Gospel teachings of all social content. The teachings of Christ, say its champions, have always soared in the lofty spheres of religion. His heavenly doctrines transcend every earthly system. On the other hand, history plainly tells us that Christianity may spring up and flourish in any political and social environment, adapting itself to such forms of government as the aristocratic and democratic.

There is finally a middle course. It acknowledges that the Gospel is primarily a treasure of religious and moral truths, but affirms also its inestimable social value, because it contains fundamental norms and guiding lines for a safe journey over the slippery ground of political and economic life. This middle course is the true one. Once again, truth asserts itself between two opposite extremes.

Therefore, even though we find in the Gospel neither the express condemnation nor the approval of definite political or social systems, we do, nevertheless, find those doctrinal elements and those ethical principles on the basis of which we are able to judge of their soundness or unsoundness; so that they may be said to be just or not, according to whether, viewed in their proper setting, they seem to agree or disagree with the Gospel principles of justice and charity.

In fact, Jesus has ransomed us not only for future life, but for the present life. Christ has endowed us with riches for heaven and for earth. He was the defender of all the oppressed and the persecuted, the strengthener of all weakness, the relievers of all miseries. He cast upon the earth the leaven of a new civilization, which is rightly called Christian (or, a just society).
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Is it okay to be gay?

Is it okay to be gay? If, when posing the question “is it okay to be gay?”, we mean “are gays, lesbians, and bisexuals second-class citizens?”, then the answer to the question “is it okay to be gay” (in America) … Continue reading

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