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Commentary

November 2, 2018  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) rely on professional therapy and counseling, often in a religious context, to assist those struggling with unwanted homosexual inclinations who would like to diminish their same-sex attractions and grow in their ability to abstain from same-sex behaviors. Many proponents of same-sex lifestyles argue that Sexual Orientation Change Efforts are not only not effective, but also are harmful and unscientific, going so far as to advocate for legislation that would restrict a practitioner’s ability to offer SOCE. A sweeping bill recently tabled in California, for example, would have labeled any sexual orientation therapies offered for a fee as “consumer fraud.” Are such laws sensible or reprehensible? What do scientific studies indicate about attempts to change sexual orientation?
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November 2, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. Fran Rutherford will never forget the day in June 2013 when she first drove up to the site where her home of 17 years had previously stood. The house where she and her husband Larry had raised their four children – and that was carefully furnished with items from around the world collected during Larry’s military career -- was reduced to a pile of ashes by the Black Forest Fire.
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October 19, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Toadflax or Snapdragon

Friend or foe? Wild, noxious weed or environmentally-sound perennial? Sometimes it takes a trained eye or a magnifying glass to tell the difference.

If you live in eastern El Paso County, chances are you have experienced the dreaded toadflax, although the weed is also found inside city limits. The important question is this: what should we all do to prevent it and why? 


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October 19, 2018  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
One of the areas in Catholic moral theology that is frought with confusion and half-truths is that of same-sex attraction.  Until recently, it has been difficult to find books on this subject that are both well-researched and faithful to the Church’s magisterium. However, Father Mike Schmitz, a priest who serves as a campus minister in the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, has recently published a helpful book titled “Made for Love: Same-Sex Attractions and the Catholic Church” (Ignatius Press). The book combines a priestly perspective, a compassionate and loving tone and an effective attempt to bridge the gap between the conclusions of the Catholic Church and their impact on those who are affected by same-sex attraction.
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October 19, 2018  |  By ANDY BARTON
Last January, I spent a day surveying individuals who were living in homeless camps in Colorado Springs.  I was there as a part of the “Point In Time” count, a yearly attempt to quantify the number of individuals experiencing homelessness.  The count is required of any community receiving federal funding to address the issue. I participated along with four other volunteers and we visited camps in various parts of the city, spending about 10 minutes with each individual as we asked the questions on our survey.
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October 5, 2018  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Almost two million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of abuse — which involves not only heroin, but also prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl — has become a national crisis. Reportedly, about 80 percent of heroin addicts first misused prescription opioids. Yet for many patients, no pain-relieving options more effective than opioids exist. Figuring out how to use these powerful pharmacological agents in an appropriate and ethical manner is urgent and imperative.
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September 21, 2018  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Many Catholics know that the month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What better time to look at the treasure-trove of excellent books to grow (or even begin) a vibrant and authentic Marian veneration practice within our hearts, our families, and our homes?
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September 21, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: PyracanthaPyracantha (pronounced “Pie-ra-CAN-tha”) is the beautiful orange-fruited evergreen bush that likes to stand up and be noticed this time of year. Once you get the pronunciation squared away, you might agree this plant is a bit of a wonder. Incidentally, its common name is firethorn.
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