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Obama’s Definitions of Children and Adults

Ed HahnenbergThe recent controversy regarding the administration’s opinion that fifteen-year-old and younger females should be able to go to a drug store and purchase emergency contraception, without a prescription from a doctor and without the parents’ knowledge, was set aside on April 5th by Judge Edward Korman, from the Eastern District of New York, who gave the FDA 30 days to remove age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. More »

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Mixing Theology with Cement

Ed HahnenbergI am a simple kind of guy, who, when undergoing any project —whether it be taking astrophotographs, writing a blog on theology, or planting crops for our farm market — does a lot of praying. I think cherry, apple, strawberry and grape growers can relate as we enter the critical frost season. As a Catholic, Mary and the Holy Spirit are my go-to persons for help.

As winter was ending on the calendar, I decided, since we heat our house with wood, to build a wood shed with a floor of cement. More »

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The Stations of the Cross

Ed HahnenbergCatholics around the world observe Good Friday with a liturgical form which includes the reading of the Passion, prayers for various groups and leaders, and the veneration of the Cross. In our area, it is common to precede the formal liturgy with the Stations of the Cross. This private/public devotion, which originated with St. Francis of Assisi, lists the stations as follows: More »

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Christianity … a target of NBC

Ed HahnenbergI must admit I am not a fan of NBC. However, recent actions by the network have me wondering where this outlet is going with its programming. In a recent Saturday Night Live episode three days after Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season, on NBC, Christoph Waltz hosted the program adding yet another “historical fantasy” to his résumé.

The only difference?  This time, it wasn’t soldiers or a former slave exacting revenge — it was Jesus Christ. The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans. Blood and gore and profanity spewed across flat screens from coast to coast; at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half. More »

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The Resignation of Popes

Ed HahnenbergThe world was caught off guard with the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI this past week that he would resign the papacy on February 28th. Citing deterioration of mind and body, the Pope is one of a very few successors to St. Peter to resign the office. More »

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Where is the head of the president?

Ed HahnenbergThe other day I got to thinking about the future of the country under the next four years of an Obama administration. That we are headed for unsustainable debt for future generations I take for granted. That’s where the morality of the leadership of this president comes into question. As regards his overall leadership, Karl Rove had some thoughts on the subject recently. More »

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Hypocrisy in Sotomayor’s rulings

Ed HahnenbergI don’t pretend to be a federal court lawyer, or even a lawyer, but like many HS social studies teachers, I taught law to upperclassmen in a public school. I caught a news bit from Reuters that read: “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has refused to block enforcement starting next week of a requirement in President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul that some companies provide insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices.” More »

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Guns … How much longer?

Ed HahnenbergEveryday the news in the U.S. highlights the fatal shooting of someone or some group. The latest horror played out in Connecticut is another tragic reminder of the insanity of guns. Almost two years ago, I posted a blog on handguns ( The response was quick and condemnatory. Gun owners, in effect, called me crazy. Today, I am even more convinced that this country is becoming more of a violent place to live. More »

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Thanksgiving Day

Ed HahnenbergThanksgiving is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Canada has already celebrated the day on October 8th. While Thanksgiving in the U.S. has taken on a more secular than religious significance … often called “turkey day”… there is a rich history of its religious meaning in our country’s beginnings.

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Psalms of God’s Tenderness – Psalm 37

Ed Hahnenberg                                                     Psalm 37

Do not be provoked by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.

Like grass they wither quickly; like green plants they wilt away.

Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart’s desire. More »

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