When asked for the main reasons I became Catholic seven years ago, I provide two: the Eucharist and the authority of the Church.
Becoming Catholic involves entering into a relationship with the Catholic Church.
Apparently God takes reception of Holy Communion seriously. Apparently some things are more sacred than politics. Apparently it's all or nothing when it comes to being Catholic.
We cannot support the killing of the unborn and then receive into our bodies the One who condemned the killing of the innocent.
I don't think it has anything to do with New Orleans.
And then people got all excited. Why was it there?
Maybe they'll take off if everything is just right. Most of the time, they don't ... We've been lucky because in Arizona our climatic conditions, our soils are so different and so extreme that not many things that are tropical are going to be able to survive here.
We've got a good inspection system in Arizona managing products that come from other parts of the county that could carry insects that could become problematic.
It could always happen. I'm just not going to get in a panic about it ... We can teach people how to overcome what otherwise becomes fear and paranoia of the bugs.
People have no tolerance. They think all bugs are bad. It's the American way. If you don't like something, kill it.
Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities.