Led Into the Truth

February 01, 2016

Why the pro-life movement in its current form has no chance

By Fr. Joshua Allen

I was one of the crazy folks at the March for Life this year who stayed.  Yep: we knew there was a blizzard coming; we knew we would be trapped for longer than we had planned, and yet we came anyway.  We came because we wanted to show that our commitment to life was stronger than a bit of inconvenience.  For all of the drastic predictions in Washington, D.C., from meteorologists to organizers to even bishops of the Catholic Church, other than a little inconvenience, it just wasn’t that big a...

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November 12, 2015

What is happening to Free Speech?

By Fr. Joshua Allen

If you pay attention to the news today, it seems that civil rights are getting less popular.  The criterion of “offense” is on the rise.  This “offense” that we hear of so frequently is not related except weakly and tangentially to the classic notion of an offense against truth.  Modern offense is defined simply: when one person proposes an idea or expresses a thought that goes against my own conception of my self-value, however divorced from reality that conception might be.  It is, in...

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March 10, 2014

Take up your electric chair

By Fr. Joshua Allen

“If anyone whishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”On the evening of Ash Wednesday, I went to the home of a family from the parish and watched the new movie “Mary of Nazareth.” For me, two scenes were of particular interest. The first was the Annunciation – it was the first time I have ever seen someone attempt to depict it. Frankly, it was a little creepy. Gabriel had a man’s voice and a woman’s body. I get the whole...

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November 27, 2012

Keeping Christmas in Christmas

By Fr. Joshua Allen

The stores are decorated, all of the Christmas fare has been out for purchase since shortly after Labor Day, trees are being snatched up at lots all over Atlanta, and lights will soon be going on, that is, in the homes that bothered to wait until after the Fourth of July to decorate.In all seriousness, the Christmas blitz has begun. Two weeks ago, I started preaching about keeping Christmas simple and keeping the season of Advent intact. And in doing so, I have joined a chorus of voices from...

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July 13, 2012

Saying goodbye

By Fr. Joshua Allen

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper. As I boarded the my flight from Fiumicino to Atlanta – for the final time as a resident of Rome – the closing words of T.S. Eliot’s famous poem “The Hollow Men” came to mind. I thought of them because they invoke for me the essence of anticlimax.I was scheduled to fly home on July 1. Because of an emergency at home, I had to change my flight. In fact – it happened quite hectically. I learned of a situation at home...

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June 29, 2012

On pilgrims and pilgrimages

By Fr. Joshua Allen

I have recently had the opportunity to participate in two pilgrimages: one in Italy with a family I know from home, and one in Jerusalem with a group from Texas led by a priest who is a friend of mine. Since I am fast approaching the end of my time in Italy, these pilgrimages were opportunities for me to revisit, as a priest, some of the places that have made such a difference in my life.I recall four years ago, when I spent the entire summer in Jerusalem, encountering a priest in...

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June 15, 2012

Renewing Marriage

By Fr. Joshua Allen

It’s wedding season. If your parish is beautiful, chances are, it’s booked for the next couple of months or more. For many couples, the perfect wedding includes a May or June reception, and all the beauty that comes with spring, and it’s not without significance: spring is the birth of beauty, just as marriage should be the birth of an unbreakable union dedicated to beauty, holiness, and truth.Marriage in the United States has been under political assault for some time — and I’m...

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May 17, 2012

The “New Evangelization”

By Fr. Joshua Allen

The other day I was on the train in the city of Rome, and I was approached by Mormon missionaries.  These young men were well dressed, extremely friendly, and trained in the Italian language.  They were from the United States, so we spoke for a few minutes.  They asked me if I had a relationship with Jesus Christ and had accepted him into my life.  As we were speaking, I unzipped my jacket, and they saw my Roman collar, which pretty much ended the conversation (though I admit, I was...

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January 27, 2012

Abortion: A Catholic problem

By Fr. Joshua Allen

This week the United States endured the 39th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that expanded the breadth of Constitutional “privacy” to include the slaughter of the innocents. Thirty-nine years later, some 54 million deaths have been estimated (not including the under-counted medical abortions and the uncounted, untold thousands of children destroyed as excess baggage in IVF procedures or who were prevented from implantation by artificial birth control). By the time this...

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January 13, 2012

Post-Christmas Diagnostics

By Fr. Joshua Allen

It’s over. The parties, the feasts, the gifts, the returns, the re-gifting, the feverish spending of gift card money. The leftovers are finally gone. The cakes and pies and candies and all of the other things that we accumulate but do not eat have been thrown away. Trees are back in their boxes or they are sitting by the street waiting to be mulched. Stockings are stored in dark cabinets and Nativity scenes have been carefully wrapped and put away for next year. The Christmas season, as...

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