Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

The title of this article is misleading. It attributes a poem to the stylish actress that she did not compose. It happened to be one of her favorite poems and she read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent on earth. Legend credits her with its authorship. In her defense, she never claimed to have written it. The poem begins with the following advice that is patently more personal than cosmetic:

Humanae Vitae – A Critical Message for Our Times

Nobody likes to be deceived. Most people are justifiably hurt or angry when a grave injustice is done to them, and perhaps even moved to do something constructive about the situation, to make things right. When it comes to the issue of contraception however, our culture has been deceiving people for decades, yet we see very few people confronting the world’s lies, or trying to correct the injustice that is perpetrated by a seriously...

From Debate to Mockery

I have been involved, on several occasions, in public debates on the issue of abortion. Ideally, the debate is a noble endeavor in which two sides, with different views on a subject, put forth their best arguments while respecting their worthy opponents. In my experiences defending life as a debater, the debate has been far short of this ideal. I recall one occasion in which I was expounding on a scientific point I had culled...

Clarity in a Time of Chaos

The year 1938 was a year of global turmoil. Hitler had seized control of the German army and placed Nazis in key posts. The civil war in Spain continued unabated on its path of murderous violence. Benito Mussolini published an anti-Jewish/African manifesto. Winston Churchill condemned Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia. The League of Nations declared Japan to be an aggressor against China. It was a year in which certain political factions declared that Jews, Africans, Spaniards, Czechs, and Chinese...

Harvesting Human Eggs and Informed Consent Legislation

“Tacit qui consentire videtur” is the legal principle of “silence implies consent.” When the law is silent on a matter, the law considers the matter legal since the law does not prohibit the action. In many respects this principle is applicable when it comes to the subject of assisted reproductive technology and the law. Many refer to it as the “wild west” precisely because there is so little regulation and, seemingly, anything goes....

Be Not Afraid

The inherent dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life are part of our fundamental understanding of who we are as Catholics. Sometimes people think that to be “pro-life” is merely one form of activism, or simply a movement that certain people get involved in. Yet to be pro-life, while it certainly includes those important aspects, is much wider and deeper. Reverence for the gift of human life and the dignity...

What Are Pro-Life Oregonians To Do? Moral Action and Unjust Public Funding

It is written by St. Thomas Aquinas that “A tyrannical law, though not being according to reason, is not a law, absolutely speaking, but rather a perversion of law…” (see Summa Theologica, I-II, Q. 92, A. 1). Recently, it has come to pass that the State of Oregon will oblige taxpayers and insurance companies to pay for free abortions. What makes the law so different than other pro-abortion “laws” is that it forces...

Pontius Pilate, Regnative Fortitude, and the Culture of Life

In many ways the story of Pontius Pilate is a narrative of the Culture of Death. His words embody the antithesis of the Culture of Life. Yet, this account of the Roman Governor still has much to say about the importance for standing up for truth and life. Many may ask what exactly ate Pilate has to teach us today? To answer this question the account of Christ’s trial before Pilate ought to be...