Every Life Matters in Captain America: Civil War

Fr. Joel Society Today

Superhero movies always have collateral damage. That’s the innocent people who run away screaming as the bad guy blows up their city. You aren’t supposed to worry about those people. The superheros saved the day. Yeah! This movie is about those other people. They leave behind loved ones who grieve their loss. Their lives mattered, even if they came from unimportant …

Murder is not Mercy

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Euthanasia and the Catholic Perspective Helping your own relatives to die really could be a good thing. At least, that was the point of two recent pieces on public radio. The pieces were made to sound balanced by bringing in a small dissenting voice towards the end, but the point was clear. With Vermont passing a physician-assisted suicide law last …

FrBenjamin – Freedom inside the lines (14th Sun, Independence Day)

Benjamin Homilies

The United States of America is a great nation. Our nation was founded on some important values, especially freedom and justice. Freedom and justice are very good things but they need to be connected to truth. If they become disconnected from truth, then they become strange and destructive. True freedom does not come from breaking our limits, but from recognizing our limits and living within them.

Our nation is facing a debate over the issue of freedom. The federal government is mandating that organizations and businesses supply health care, and that this health care has to include birth control. In doing this, we have made “sexual freedom” and official god of our nation. However, this will not bring us true freedom. True freedom only comes when we recognize our limits and live within them.