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Dr. Jim Asher

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Dr. Jim Asher is a graduate of Marquette University and Des Moines University. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Midwestern University. He and his wife of 49 years, Rose Neidhoefer of Milwaukee, have seven children and 13 grandchildren. He is a retired family physician. He is a parishioner at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, an officer in the Catholic Physician’s Guild, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Opinions expressed are the writers' and not necessarily the views of The Catholic Sun or the Diocese of Phoenix.

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Browning Montana on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park is in the middle of the Blackfeet Reservation. I was there in May, again as a guest of the annual men's Cursillo.

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Raising teenagers to be chaste in an era in which 70 percent of men aged 18-24 regularly visit online pornography sites — with their first exposure around age 11 — is challenging but not impossible.

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In February, representatives of the United Nations enjoined the Church to change its teachings on birth control (including sterilization) and abortion.

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We don't see much of severely disabled children in America. Years ago, many were institutionalized. In Arizona that meant the Children's Colony in Coolidge or the State Hospital in Phoenix. Today various services facilitate their living in the community, sometimes with family.

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I just returned from one of my favorite annual activities – 4 days spent in Pomona, working with second year osteopathic medical students. My job was to supervise and direct their enthusiasm, idealism, and energy, as they tried to learn some of the intricacies of cranial treatment. I also tried to unobtrusively probe their commitment to Christian values.

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The Americans for Civil Liberties Union is suing the U.S. Bishops.

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Someone heading toward me that I know is going to ask for money, I tense up. Why? I'm not physically intimidated. Certainly, giving them a dollar isn't going to break me.

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His wife had been unfaithful and now she wanted to come back. He was willing to consider. I admired his openness to forgiving.

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There are lots of interesting stories about the early years of discovery in Southern California. Many are not true, but that doesn’t mean the actual truth is completely known.

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Jesuit Father Jean de Brebeuf, in France for his final vows in 1633, returned to his difficult missionary life in Quebec. When someone would comment on the many hardships he endured living among the Huron Indians, he would respond, “Compared to the end, this is roses.”

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