Archive for June, 2013

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., D.D.

Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., D.D. was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 26, 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver on February 18, 1997, and he was installed on April 7 the same year. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi...

Beyond the Fortnight

The Catholic Church in the United States has asked the faithful to pray and to act during its second annual Fortnight for Freedom, which began on June 21 and concludes on July 4. The purpose of the Fortnight is “to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine...

Big Government Doesn’t Just Happen

There are many who complain that big government is the root of all our problems. If we could but rid ourselves of its intrusive presence in our lives, things would be much better. Many complain about the effects of big government but few look at its cause.

Big government does not just happen. In fact, big government, where the State enters into every facet of society, should not happen. The State exists to safeguard...

Demystifying Henry Morgentaler

Henry Morgentaler passed from the world at age ninety. He was Canada’s leading abortionist, in the early years performing them illegally.

One should be uncomfortable with referring to him as “Doctor,” as Canadian law professor Ian Hunter has said, it seems inappropriate to refer to a man as “‘Doctor’ whose grisly practice made a daily mockery of the Hippocratic Oath.”

Indeed, Canada’s 1988 Supreme Court decision on abortion, R. v. Morgentaler, was a...

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...

Religious Freedom Under Threat at Home

On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life.

How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally...

Archbishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.

Most Reverend William Edward Lori, S.T.D., was installed as the Sixteenth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 16, 2012. In 2005, he was elected Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, where he has the responsibility of overseeing the spiritual welfare of the Order’s 1.8 million members and their families. On September 29 2011, New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, President of the United States Conference...

The Father Who is There

Recently, at the park with my wife and son, I witnessed one of the saddest sights I’ve seen in a long time. A little boy, about five or six, was there with his dad. Normally, this would be a wonderful thing, but the tragedy was, they weren’t spending time with each other. The dad was engrossed in his phone — ignoring his child.

No matter what he tried, this little boy could not get his...