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RIP Anthony Gallegos, son of Leticia Adams, and how to help the family

Yesterday, my friend Leticia Adams shared the devastating news that her oldest son, Anthony Gallegos, committed suicide at her home. He had long struggled with depression. He was the father of two young girls. If you care to, please join me in praying the novena to St. Michael the Archangel for Anthony, Leticia, and their whole… Continue reading RIP Anthony Gallegos, son of Leticia Adams, and how to help the family

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What the Catholic Church teaches about death with dignity

“Death with dignity” laws are both sensible and compassionate; religious prohibitions of suicide are both emotional and cruel.      Too often, that’s how the narrative goes when we discuss end-of-life issues and the laws surrounding them. Secular folks claim that, when people of faith protest against legalized suicide and euthanasia, our arguments are based… Continue reading What the Catholic Church teaches about death with dignity

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What the Catholic Church teaches about care for the dying

“Death with dignity” laws are both sensible and compassionate; religious prohibitions of suicide are both emotional and cruel. Too often, that’s how the narrative goes when we discuss end-of-life issues and the laws surrounding them. Secular folks claim that, when Catholics and others protest against legalized suicide and euthanasia, our arguments are based in emotion,… Continue reading What the Catholic Church teaches about care for the dying

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How Mel Brooks saved my life

Resolved: Jeffrey Imm is a moron, and so is anyone who wants to sanitize the power out of comedy. Imm’s complaint is that Mel Brooks’ The Producers makes fun of Nazis, and therefore doesn’t pay proper respect to the horrors of the Holocaust.  As Walter Hudson points out in PJ Media, “The irony of protesting fascism… Continue reading How Mel Brooks saved my life

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At the Register: What does the Church teach about suicide?

The modern Church understands that depression and other psychological disturbances that might lead a person to suicide are true illnesses, which can significantly mitigate both a person’s understanding and free will. Moreover, even if a person’s death seems quick, with no time to repent before the end, we have no way of knowing what happens… Continue reading At the Register: What does the Church teach about suicide?