DR. JIM ASHER

The Church is collapsing in Europe. Could it happen here? Patrick Madrid, host of the Right Here, Right Now program on Immaculate Heart Radio,...

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. Abraham Lincoln

In 2008, 53-year-old Randy Stroup applied to the state of Oregon for cancer treatment. It was refused, but he was offered legally assisted suicide, which is also legal now in Washington, Montana and Vermont.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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