Posts Tagged ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’

Challenges to Marriage

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part V here.

Continuing with the concept of “hard sayings,” few popes in modern history have been met with such open opposition as when Paul...

Unitive and Procreative: What is Marriage? Part II

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part III here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

Aristotle, the great philosopher of ancient Greece, in his Politics, makes something of a romantic statement (for those who know him, something...

Fundamental Differences: NFP vs. Contraception

Many people have trouble distinguishing between natural family planning (NFP) and contraception. Catholic moral teaching has always been clear on the subject, but this clarity eludes many Catholics. Since both involve not having children, they seem as if they were exactly the same act for many people. This is also true of many health care providers.

The essential evil of contraception and good of natural family planning becomes clearer if one...

The Big-Picture Gospel

We have lost our way as a civilization. Having cast off the Faith, we no longer know who we are, why we are, what we are for, or how to be.

Like someone lost in the woods, we exhibit strange and sometimes contradictory behaviors—now rushing this way and that in panicked spasms, now huddled in place, hopeless, waiting for rescuers we no longer believe exist; now stony-faced in resolution, now willing to do, to...

Tolerance As A One-Way Street

Two male students at George Washington University have entered into a homosexual relationship with each other. This kind of behavior is tolerated these days, and the two students are under no real pressure to alter their lifestyle. Nor do they have any reason to fear that the school will impose disciplinary action on them.

Nonetheless, they perceive mere disapproval of their relationship as a form of unacceptable intolerance. In addition, according to the...

Ploughing in Hope: On Marriage

In Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan recounts a trip to Polyface Farm, run by Joel Salatin, the self-described “lunatic farmer.” Rather than raising cattle or chickens, Salatin thinks of himself as a “grass farmer” since grass is the foundation of the whole system of life on the farm, thus requiring particular care and attention.

Consequently, Salatin is careful to not overgraze a pasture, moving cattle quite frequently from location...

Death’s Masquerade: Sentimentalism and Moral Blindness

In these days of darkness, prudence demands a sober look at the stratagems and deceits of the culture of death. One of these deceptions is sentimentalism – its tentacles choking clear thought, courage, and genuine love.

Take a recent example, Ada Calhoun’s New Republic story on Jennie Linn McCormack and “The Rise of DIY Abortions.” Pregnant as a young teenager, McCormack kept the baby, now an adult and in jail. At...

“Reproductive Rights” Run Amuck

In Australia, IVF clinics are reporting that the number of older, single, heterosexual women using donor sperm to conceive a child has increased by 10% in the past three years. This trend is particularly pronounced in Victoria where it is no longer illegal for single women to undergo IVF if they are not medically infertile.

They are categorized by the IVF industry as “socially infertile,” women in their 30s who “can’t find Mr. Right, but still...