Helen Weir column
Helen is a freelance writer based in western Wisconsin. (Her works have also appeared under her former name of Helen Valois.) She is a member of the Militia Immaculatae movement of Marian consecration founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe.

An eleventh thing
Helen Weir
January 20, 2016

I, like countless others throughout the Catholic (and non-Catholic) world, have been reeling with philosophical/theological vertigo since the recent release of . . .

Synod sound-off
Helen Weir
October 20, 2015

When the Synod on the Family 2015 comes to a conclusion, we will find out the answers to a number of harrowing questions. Will there be a final document issued . . .

Nor did they try
Helen Weir
July 4, 2014

In the documentary "Imaginary Witness" (available to stream on Netflix), the Nazi Holocaust is referred to as the "Negative Absolute." Amidst the current . . .

Barrett's amazing experience
Helen Weir
June 8, 2012

In his concession speech late Tuesday night, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett described Wisconsin's recall election as an "amazing experience." Not as amazing, one . . .

Anniversary of Humanae Vitae
Helen Weir
July 28, 2011

Seventeenth Sunday in ordinary time, Year A "Humanae Vitae: of human life" By Father Joseph Redfern In today's first reading from the First Book of . . .

At least she plays one on TV
Helen Weir
July 11, 2011

As a conservative activist in an area of the country largely believed to be a remote suburb of the Twin Cities, I am increasingly encountering a general . . .

A hero triumphs
Helen Weir
February 28, 2011

Here in the political three-ring circus known as the Great State of Wisconsin, the spectacle goes on. Governor Walker, thank goodness, is not backing down, . . .

Choose to promote a culture of life
Helen Weir
January 25, 2011

The United States of America was founded on the fundamental civic and spiritual recognition that "all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable . . .

Mr. Morris, you misunderstand us!
Helen Weir
October 24, 2010

In an opinion piece posted at TheHill.com ("The New Republican Right," Oct. 22, 2010), Dick Morris makes some astounding assertions. Declaring the GOP "safe . . .

Tea time at Our Sunday Visitor
Helen Weir
October 18, 2010

It was a couple of weeks ago, on a crisp September Saturday when the leaves were just starting to turn, that I joined a few hundred other patriots for a Tea . . .

Overqualified to be president
Helen Weir
September 9, 2010

Drive down the road listening to the radio these days in western Wisconsin, and you will be treated to mind-numbingly condescending, state-sponsored warnings to . . .

Because liberty is not its own opposite
Helen Weir
August 31, 2010

"Well, really, you know, I am not aware of a thirst for some ready-made truth which puts an end to intellectual activity in the way you seem to be describing.  . . .

Rubio at the Rubicon
Helen Weir
July 10, 2010

This past Independence Day week, Americans were treated to some real fireworks. Who ever imagined that the Executive Branch of the federal government "our . . .

Life on Asteroid 328
Helen Weir
June 6, 2010

"How is it possible," asked the Little Prince (in Antoine de Saint-Exupery's touching fairy tale of the same name), during one of his notable stops on the way . . .

Of haircuts and henchmen
Helen Weir
March 30, 2010

As the old song puts it, "Don't know much about . . ." well, in this case, Marco Rubio. Like most other interested non-Floridians, I am following his Senate . . .

Stop Obama's enforced health care "option"
Helen Weir
March 1, 2010

According to Barack Obama, the 8 or 9 million Americans who will lose their existing private health insurance coverage if Obamacare is finagled through Congress . . .

A homily well worth hearing
Helen Weir
February 6, 2010

"There's a big difference" as Miracle Max of Princess Bride fame once sagely observed "between mostly dead and all dead." Where the question of Obamacare . . .

Truth is truth
Helen Weir
December 17, 2009

From the First Apology of St. Justin Martyr: We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching . . .

Hardline RINOs hand victory to Democrats
Helen Weir
November 5, 2009

NY23 In a stunning climax to Tuesday's most closely watched political duel, Conservative Party challenger Doug Hoffman captured an astounding 45% of the vote . . .

Making Nazis weep
Helen Weir
September 16, 2009

With Obamacare or its repackaged equivalent still looming ominously on the American sociopolitical horizon, there are few voices, at this late stage in the game . . .

'Catholics Against Obamacare' calls for September 11 day of prayer and fasting
Helen Weir
September 11, 2009

"I had been praying at daily Mass for Barack Obama's conversion and for the truth about his health care bill to come out," says Jean Heimann, founder of . . .

Why the birth certificate?
Helen Weir
July 29, 2009

"German men and women . . . Paragraph 21 of the Code of Penal Law is still valid. According to this, anyone who deliberately kills a man by premeditated act . . .

Punished with a puppy
Helen Weir
April 21, 2009

We have just received the disturbing and indeed tragic news that, with Obama daughters Malia and Sasha about to embark upon the adventure of advanced childhood, . . .

Did you "Tea Party" on Wednesday? Tell us about it!
Helen Weir
April 17, 2009

Perhaps you, like me, woke up on Thursday to discover that in addition to being labeled a potential "terrorist" you have also been classified as "anti . . .

"These things exist"
Helen Weir
March 10, 2009

The intelligentsia has spoken. In the person of Mark A. Kay of no less esteemed a citadel of higher learning than Stanford itself, we have been provided with . . .

Pray for Beppino
Helen Weir
February 11, 2009

Now that Eluana is dead, it is time to pray not only for the repose of her soul, but also for her father, Beppino Englaro. Beppino, unlike Bob Schindler (the . . .

The roar of the Lion of Münster
Helen Weir
February 2, 2009

We are standing before the ruins of inner national unity, which in these last days has been brutally destroyed. . . . Can there be national solidarity with . .  . . .

The death of conservative conservatism
Helen Weir
November 5, 2008

Flicking off Fox News Tuesday night when the defeat of the McCain/Palin ticket began to look inevitable, I went to bed and lapsed into a wicked nightmare. My . . .

I wish I lived in O'Reillyland . . .
Helen Weir
November 1, 2008

. . . where the prospect of an Obama presidency is nothing to be particularly concerned about. The Democratic contender may be friendly with domestic . . .

Barack Obama: messiah or Mr. Magoo?
Helen Weir
September 11, 2008

The cover of Glenn Beck's Fusion magazine currently and compellingly asks: "Barack Obama: Messiah or Mussolini?" In light of the recent "lipstick on a pig" . . .

Talking to Obama without preconditions
Helen Weir
September 9, 2008

What was it the Obama campaign and its media echo chamber had to say, when there seemed to be a chance that John McCain would attempt to eclipse their "Greek . . .

Michelle channels Margaret--and gets away with it
Helen Weir
August 27, 2008

"(My dad) and my mom poured everything they had into me and (my brother) Craig. It was the greatest gift a child can receive: never doubting for a single . . .

All veeps considered
Helen Weir
August 20, 2008

Have you entertained the notion of robbing a bank this week? Neither have I. In fact, I can unequivocally state that such a course of action has never come up . . .

Within the limits of the possible
Helen Weir
June 13, 2008

Now that the primaries process of the two major parties is essentially resolved, our presidential choices are down to two. It's Obama or McCain, and for . . .

From the point of view of a purple kangaroo
Helen Weir
May 6, 2008

From the point of view of a purple kangaroo, all the world is hers to rule. She "protects" her child from the perils of the wild in tyrannical "pouch-school. . . .

Called to heel
Helen Weir
March 18, 2008

It's about time that the leadership of the mainstream pro-life movement got its graduation certificate from Basic Puppy Training, don't you think? It is . . .

Abraham, Martin, and . . . Barack?
Helen Weir
February 25, 2008

"Mom, we had a substitute teacher today," my son, a fourth-grader at a Catholic school, mentioned a while back. "Oh, really, Honey? How did that go?"  . . .

Over the waterfall
Helen Weir
February 14, 2008

It's poetic justice, really. Listen to Sean Hannity these days, and you'd think he'd been a Keyes Republican all along. He's been clamoring and more power . . .

If I were Mr. Snerdley
Helen Weir
February 9, 2008

If I were Mr. Snerdley, to Rush I would complain. He blames the base absurdly for the rise of John McCain! Those "purists" who did not go vote for RINOs . . .

Life under Huck? You're outta luck!
Helen Weir
January 24, 2008

I was talking with a friend of a friend the other day, who has been residing in Arkansas during Republican aspirant Mike Huckabee's entire tenure as governor of . . .

'Restoring our laws to wholesomeness'
Helen Weir
January 14, 2008

With the presidential primaries now upon us, the candidates on both sides of the nominal divide are feverishly expounding on their policy preferences on the . . .

Compromise, industrial strength
Helen Weir
December 24, 2007

It's hard to understand. This election cycle has seen evangelical icon Pat Robertson getting behind socially liberal Rudy Giuliani, Minuteman co-founder Jim . . .

And now, for something really scary
Helen Weir
October 31, 2007

As all the little ghosts and goblins make their rounds this year, it's hard to keep from wondering what kind of country they will be growing up to face. We . . .

"Spinning about not spinning": God's authority and the founding and future of America
Helen Weir
October 20, 2007

Bill O'Reilly has an amazing talent for getting things wrong, even in the midst of getting them right. To have such a high-profile and potentially wonderful . . .

'America's Revival': Leading pledge keeper speaks out
Helen Weir
September 28, 2007

"I want to do everything I can to get Alan Keyes the nomination, and to convince the Republican leadership that he can win," Will Duffy insists. Thirteen . . .

Huckabee clueless on Reagan/Keyes pro-life Mexico City Policy
Helen Weir
September 22, 2007

Bill Clinton knows about the Mexico City Policy. Immediately upon taking office as President, on behalf of his virulently pro-abortion base of support, Clinton . . .

Alan's the key: Ask his growing corps of supporters for '08
Helen Weir
September 7, 2007

They're still signing on. People from across the country are going to the petition at AlanKeyes.com every day and adding their names and remarks to the list of . . .

Dr. Laura, can you take our call?
Helen Weir
August 7, 2007

"Hello, Dr. Laura?* This is the Republican base. Thank you for taking our call. We're in dire straits these days, and we were hoping you could help us out.  . . .

Yes, Virginia, there IS a real conservative
Helen Weir
July 25, 2007

If anyone still needs decisive evidence of liberal media bias and its devastating impact on the current political climate, here it is: "Who's Alan Keyes?" This . . .

Latin: the dead language that saved my life
Helen Weir
July 8, 2007

Yesterday, the news arrived that our Holy Father Benedict XVI, in a fit of retrogressive anti-Semitism, tipped his hand about the troglodytic nature of the . . .

Brownback backpedals, accomplices kowtow
Helen Weir
June 20, 2007

Yesterday, I was looking over a petition that arrived as an insert in our copy of National Right to Life News. It is addressed to the GOP top brass, asking . . .

If Padme's last name were "Pelosi"
Helen Weir
May 29, 2007

The theme of the Star Wars saga so the Speaker of the House informed us on last night's History Channel special, "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed" is that  . . .

Acting like Americans
Helen Weir
May 12, 2007

Alan Keyes said something thought-provoking the other day. That in itself is unremarkable; it happens every time the man opens his mouth. One particular . . .

NAIS: Get the government out of my barnyard!
Helen Weir
March 23, 2007

It is not a piece of legislation, so there is no one to lobby directly in order to thwart or halt it. It is not essential to national security, since none of . . .

Dr. Hannity and Mr. Hyde
Helen Weir
March 10, 2007

Those who consider Sean Hannity a "great American" are used to the popular talk show host's signature style. Self-effacing, affable, and dapper, Sean never . . .

Calling Clark Kent
Helen Weir
February 25, 2007

Have you ever heard a liberal say, "I really like Hillary, but let's face it, she just has too much baggage to make it in the general election"? I don't mean . . .

Echoes of the White Rose
Helen Weir
February 22, 2007

On February 22, 1943, Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie, and their friend and associate Christoph Probst were executed by the Nazis. Their "crime" was the . . .

Words to set in stone
Helen Weir
February 21, 2007

The significance of something that happens in this country can be gauged by comparing it inversely with the amount of media coverage received. Inversely, mind . . .

Introducing Hannityspeak
Helen Weir
February 6, 2007

Orwellian euphemism is nothing new in the realm of contemporary American political discourse. Choice, translated by the left, refers to the chopping up of . . .

National security v. national identity: An assessment of the role of Roe in the 2008 presidential election
Helen Weir
January 22, 2007

Let's say a masked gunman is testily aiming an automatic weapon at two helpless hostages an able-bodied man, and a trembling toddler. "Please, I beg of you," . . .

"Wear and tear on the guillotine" of today
Helen Weir
January 13, 2007

What has happened to Gordon Klingenschmitt and his family is certainly a shame. This now ex-Navy chaplain, who stood up for his and others' right to pray in . . .

Compensating victims of the other "N"-word
Helen Weir
December 9, 2006

The "N"-word is humiliating. It is degrading. Those towards whom it is directed stand in need of both emotional and financial compensation, if Gloria Allred . . .

A heart of Steele
Helen Weir
November 12, 2006

You've heard the expression, "a heart of stone." Well, the heart of the Republican Party appears to be made of steel Michael Steele, that is, the Lieutenant . . .

"Everything in our power"
Helen Weir
November 2, 2006

With the midterm elections fast approaching, President Bush has asked us all to consider an important question. In the time since 9/11, has his administration  . . .

Rush unrequited
Helen Weir
October 19, 2006

Rush Limbaugh, by his own admission, feels rejected. He feels confused. He even took the staggering step of declaring himself "unqualified" to be our host for . . .

A cautionary tail
Helen Weir
September 9, 2006

So it has happened at last. It had to eventually, I suppose. I don't mean the spectacle of the Democrats bridling at the suggestion that national security . . .

Patience, my blue friend
Helen Weir
June 25, 2006

I have a blue friend (meaning, of course, not that she is inclined to be melancholy, but that she voted for John Kerry) who has been expressing consternation . . .

Reflections of a former constituent
Helen Weir
May 18, 2006

If you are like most of the rest of the country, you probably never want to hear the word "immigration" again. Not that the issue isn't of paramount importance . . .

Have you heard what happened at UW-Eau Claire?
Helen Weir
May 15, 2006

Have you heard what happened at UW-Eau Claire? If not, you're not the only one. Even here in the vicinity of the campus itself, very few people know of the . . .

Redlines and deadlines
Helen Weir
May 1, 2006

As of this writing, the clock is still running for Andrea Clark, the 54-year-old Texas woman who has been redlined by St. Luke's hospital in Houston where she . . .

On a sprig of hyssop
Helen Weir
April 14, 2006

At the end of last month, we observed the first anniversary of the death by starvation/dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. For me and for many, however, . . .

A recent history of starvation/dehydration
Helen Weir
March 29, 2006

When one reads stories about Terri Schindler-Schiavo, one often encounters a timeline which places her on a continuum with Karen Ann Quinlan and Nancy Cruzan.  . . .

A word about wishes
Helen Weir
March 25, 2006

As the anniversary of Terri Schiavo's horrific state-ordered slaying by starvation/dehydration approaches, people are again turning their attention to the . . .

The sights and sounds of Pinellas Park
Helen Weir
April 6, 2005

Palm trees, swimming pools, and a sudden, blessed release from the gripping chill of mid-March in the north would normally spell "vacation!" to the American . . .

How and why Dr. Keyes won in Illinois
Helen Weir
November 11, 2004

"It's great about Bush getting re-elected," my conservative friends have been saying to me these days, "but, hey! You must be bummed about Keyes' big loss in . . .

Barack Obama: a "nice guy"?
Helen Weir
October 14, 2004

As a present-day cheesehead who grew up a flatlander (read: a resident of Wisconsin, raised in Illinois), my interest in the race to replace Peter Fitzgerald as . . .

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