Archive: Danielle Bean
I like to think of Ash Wednesday as a kind of Catholic "coming out" day in our country. Suddenly, I can readily recognize those sportscasters, grocery clerks, and mailmen who share my faith by the smudges of ashes on their foreheads.
By Danielle Bean | March 9, 2011; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (32)
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, just before beginning the penitential forty days of Lent that lead up to Easter in the Catholic liturgical year.
By Danielle Bean | March 8, 2011; 08:07 AM ET | Comments (0)
It is in the truth that every human being finds true freedom, and it is in the Church that we discover the liberating truth that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God.
By Danielle Bean | February 18, 2011; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (25)
When Jesus said "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me" he was not calling for federal governments to take more money from citizens in wealth re-distribution programs.
By Danielle Bean | December 15, 2010; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (8)
While the left offers American guilt trips and sheepish apologies, the right encourages American pride, gratitude for our many blessings, and a greater commitment to the global responsibilities with which they come.
By Danielle Bean | November 30, 2010; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (41)
The worst part is that in all the fuss over what the pope did or didn't say about condoms, many have missed the even more note-worthy and thought-provoking comments from the Benedict XVI in Light of the World.
By Danielle Bean | November 22, 2010; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (13)
Obama is not between a rock and a hard place. He's between a hard place and an opportunity.
By Danielle Bean | November 9, 2010; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (21)
An attempt to "de-stigmatize" abortion in 140 characters or less, especially on a site like Twitter where other trending topics currently include "McRib is back," trivializes abortion -- a medical "procedure" that has grave consequences for women.
By Danielle Bean | November 5, 2010; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (30)
Legalized abortion denies an entire class of human beings the very right to live. It's the "single issue" that matters most. I am proud to belong to a Church led by a pope and bishops who aren't afraid to say so.
By Danielle Bean | November 2, 2010; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (28)
Anti-faith personalities like Jon Stewart and Richard Dawkins might think that they have all the answers, but real believers know that only God does.
By Danielle Bean | October 26, 2010; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (96)
All the back and forth "gotcha" games about Marxism, Ouija boards, witch hunts, and "Aqua Buddha" are a ridiculous distraction from the real issues in this election's debates.
By Danielle Bean | October 20, 2010; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (154)
In this particular business, the "goods" that are bought, sold, produced en masse, picked through for imperfections, experimented upon, and more often than not discarded on a whim are human beings.
By Danielle Bean | October 8, 2010; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (18)
As odd as it is to say such a thing, professed atheists tend to be passionate "non-believers." I wish everyone who calls himself "Catholic" would be as passionate.
By Danielle Bean | October 1, 2010; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (16)
Both the religious right and the Tea Party movement might find themselves backing many of the same candidates, but that does not necessarily make them political allies.
By Danielle Bean | September 22, 2010; 02:18 PM ET | Comments (4)
While the rise of pro-life women in politics and Sarah Palin's popularity in particular have left some scratching their heads and others donning bear costumes and acting out their frustrations on camera, this trend doesn't surprise the rest of us at all.
By Danielle Bean | September 17, 2010; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (100)
I am not uneasy about President Obama's religion because I suspect he is a practicing Muslim. I am uneasy about his religion because I see a disconnect between the Christian faith he professes and his own words and actions.
By Danielle Bean | September 2, 2010; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (34)
Think of the potential for hope and healing, silencing of skeptics, and promotion of peace if only Imam Rauf would do the "right" thing by not exercising his right to build an Islamic Center at the geographic center of such a sore spot in our nation's heart.
By Danielle Bean | August 24, 2010; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (4)
Obama and Hu Jintao cannot discuss the important issues of economic and environmental policies in any meaningful way without first addressing the enormous elephant in the room. That bloated, trumpeting beast is the brutal inhumanity of China's one child policy.
By Danielle Bean | January 21, 2010; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (0)