Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

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...

An Adventure in Faith

“Saints are not people who plan and organize their particular style of life and perfection and follow it strictly on their own strength. Saints are people who love and trust God to the point that they let Him guide them and lead them where He wants.” Adam Exner was not alluding to himself when he made this statement but to Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the latter’s canonization. Nonetheless, the comment could...

The Apostle of Life

Saint Thomas Aquinas was most particular when he offered singular praise for his esteemed predecessors: Aristotle was “the philosopher,” Moses Maimonides was “the Rabbi,” and St. Paul was “the Apostle”. We have reason to believe that Pope John Paul II was just as particular when he called his esteemed friend, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, “The Apostle of Life”. The appellation is well deserved and was used as a title for Fr. Marx’s 1991...

Safe at Third, Out at Home

When I was very young, I assumed that I was destined to come into being even if my mother had married someone other than the person who became my father. I knew nothing about genetics. “It doesn’t work that way,” my biological parents said to me. They left it at that, being reluctant to get into the nitty-gritty of things.

It left me wondering, however, about the improbability of my existence. I was...

The Texas Mother’s Day Massacre: Ethical Questions in Pro-Life Politics

Recently, the Texas House of Representatives witnessed an extraordinary event that boggled the minds of many pro-life observers nationwide. On the night of May 11, 2017, twelve pro-life Texas state representatives decided to use specific House rules that killed roughly one hundred twenty bills, four of which were pro-life bills because they believed the leadership of the House was delaying their legislative agenda. The action created a flurry of commentary and essentially...

A Courageous Defender of Life

I first met Dr. Jérôme Lejeune at a pro-life conference in Montreal. Just minutes before his scheduled presentation to a large and expectant audience, we, along with several other participants, were tending to our ablutions in the men’s lavatory. Since it is not practical to wash one’s hands while holding a portfolio of notes, we naturally set them aside until our momentary task was completed. When we were ready to leave, however, we...

Embryo Jewelry, Vanity, and the Culture of Death

Since the dawn of the in vitro fertilization industry more and more morally problematic situations have arisen. Recently, a story has gone viral about an Australian company who makes jewelry out of “extra” embryos that the parents no longer want. As the world is still coming to the realization that so-called “leftover” embryos are being used for lethal research that serves no benefit to them, this is another example of vulnerable children...

Battling a Brave New World: Regnative Prudence and Pro-Life Legislation Part 3

On March 15, 2017, Wesley J. Smith published an excellent piece in The Human Life Review entitled “Brave New World is Closer Than You Think”. In his article, he details much of the history surrounding the beginning of life issues that are found within biotechnology. He further explains that while much of the biotechnology issues such as human cloning were hotly debated topics within the political realm ten to fifteen years ago,...