Category: Faith

A farewell, and a challenge to conservatives

Last week I published my final regular column for AL.com and its newspapers in Birmingham, Mobile, and Huntsville. It’s been an honor to write the column for more than four-years, advocating and defending conservative principles every week. I will now devote whatever time and talent I have to other projects supporting our political movement. But, never short on words, I want to pass along a few more before leaving. (more…)

Former protestant pastors could strengthen the Catholic Church

As a devout Roman Catholic born and raised among the evangelicals of the Bible Belt, it's clear to me that our two communities have tied the issue of celibacy and marriage for our pastors into a Gordian knot of traditions, contradictions, and exclusions. On one end of that knot, Catholic priests are officially required to be celibate. I wonder what Saint Peter would say about this, especially since he was married (Matthew 8:14-15). There may be a few dozen married priests, but they entered the church through an extremely narrow exception for former Episcopal pastors or those from denominations with Anglican roots. On the knot's other end, protestant ministers are effectively required, or at least strongly expected, to marry. I don't have to wonder what Saint Paul would say about this because he not only practiced celibacy, he advocated for it (1 Corinthians 7:27-34). Sure, there isn't any such rule requiring protestant pastors to marry, but I ask you, if scripture says it's preferred, or at least acceptable, then where are all of the celibate protestant ministers? Even if one or two prominent examples come to mind, their scarcity is the exception that proves the rule. This knot has doubtlessly prevented many men from answering the call, either those Catholics who, like Saint Peter, are also called to marriage, or those protestants who, like Saint Paul, are also called to celibacy (a celibate protestant pastor would also lack the support structure that communities of priests like the Franciscans or Jesuits…

Tim Kaine is either ignorant, apathetic, or a coward about abortion

Hillary Clinton has either selected an ignorant man, an apathetic man, or an absolute coward as her running mate, at least when it comes to the abortion issue. The only question about Tim Kaine is this: which is he? Shortly before the former Virginia governor was chosen as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate, he was asked on Meet the Press to explain how he can be “personally opposed” to abortion but still remain politically pro-choice. Let’s take a look at Kaine’s full answer: “I’m a traditional Catholic. I’m personally opposed to abortion and personally opposed to the death penalty. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.” Setting aside the nonsense about being a traditional Catholic (the Church is clear on the matter, regardless of what its liberal members like Kaine say), what a mess. His babbling attempt to defend the indefensible is nothing but a word salad of shaky arguments that we’ve heard before. Looking back, one may recall how in 2008 then-Senator Barrack Obama said the question of…