Posts Tagged ‘culture of death’

Roots of the Culture of Death

In Chapter 11 of Evangelium Vitae, Saint John Paul II refers to abortion and euthanasia as attacks made against human life at the time of its greatest frailty. He calls our attention to the fact that these attacks are no longer regarded as “crimes,” but as “rights”. They are carried out by health-care personnel and, even more disturbingly, more often than not, with the approval of the family, which is called by nature...

The Church’s Consistent View on the Culture of Life

It is always tragic when some Catholic politicians try to revise the Church’s historical teaching on the life issues. History shows that from the very beginning the Church has always held that life is sacred. However, some politicians try to confuse the faithful in such a way to make it seem that the Church’s teaching on the life issues are a recent phenomenon. This is far from the truth.

From its earliest days the...

Has The Tide Turned?

All right, hear me out! The tide has turned. After decades of resistance, the latest polls show that a slight majority of Americans have now changed their opinions on the issue. It is only a matter of time before it will be resolved. Let’s face it, the tide has turned.

Youth are all going in favor. The only ones on the other side are the older generations. State legislatures are changing the laws. It...

Suppose Christ Had Not Come?

In 1946, the year after the end of the Second World War, legendary film director Frank Capra made a magical movie called It’s a Wonderful Life. The film starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, the unsuspecting hero who saves the town of Bedford Falls from the evil clutches of Mr. Potter (played with perfect malevolence by Lionel Barrymore). The movie has become a timeless Christmas classic.

Audiences everywhere never tire of watching it. So...

A Texas-Sized Triumph for Life

On July 1, 2013 a spiritual battle began the likes of which had not been witnessed in Texas. The nation saw the true face of the Culture of Death in many ways when it came to the passage of House Bill 2 (HB 2). With chants of “Hail Satan” and “F— the Church” from pro-abortion activists, people began to observe the real connection between abortion and Satan.

But why was the rhetoric so much...

The Original Root of the Culture of Death

Have you ever considered the situation of humanity in the brief moments when Eve has already eaten the forbidden fruit prior to Adam following her lead into disobedience? It is definitely a question worth pondering. I find it amazing that many people have never considered this situation.

After Eve eats the forbidden fruit, humanity finds itself in an interesting situation. Eve is in a state of sin, but Adam is not. It is at...

Celebrating the Gospel of Life

In connection with the year of Faith, thousands of Catholics will celebrate the legacy of Blessed John Paul II and The Gospel of Life June 15-16 in Rome. The faithful from around the world will gather with the Holy Father in order to “witness to the sacred value of all life and to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who tend to those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying...

Why Did Christ Come?

Years ago, when my children were both young and endearing (they are still endearing but not so young), they would often ask me when I thought God would open the clouds and come down.

“How should I know?” I would invariably reply. “I’m only a theologian. Go ask your mother!”

It must have worked, too, because I am no longer asked that particular question. Other questions have come to visit and vex me: “Can...