Archive for July, 2013

I Told You So: Humanae Vitae at 45

A while back a good friend, knowing my love for Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, sent me a clever image. While I don’t know the origin or the author, he or she was quite creative in capturing the sentiment of the fruit of a culture that has either ignored, or made hasty, incorrect judgments, about the Church’s beautiful teaching on life and love.

It is a picture of the Holy Father Paul...

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...

Women’s Freedom: Humanae Vitae vs. the Sexual Revolution

Thank goodness for the sexual revolution, right? Now women can be free—unfettered by the standards of morality and religion—and truly own their own sexuality. This is the underlying message in the glossy magazines in the grocery store, the television dramas and reality shows, and the “lessons” learned in sexual education classes. But are the lives of women really more free and joyful now that we have birth control and other means of controlling (manipulating) our...

Contraception – What the Church Teaches

Upon learning that the Church has a teaching about contraception, it is not uncommon for some to question why the Church is interested in such matters. Further, because the Church’s teaching on contraception is rarely given the level of attention and discussion it deserves, it is often unclear what exactly the Church teaches. This article is a brief introduction to a beautiful teaching that I believe, when understood, will be embraced with great joy.

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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...

The Unholy Word

Alan F. Guttmacher, former President of Planned Parenthood of America, sought to “detoxify” the word “abortion.” He wanted to purge it of all negative associations so that children of the coming generation would grow up thinking of abortion only in positive terms.

Words, however, are stubbornly persistent. Dictionaries do not always bend to ideology. Despite the efforts of Dr. Guttmacher and others who followed him, this unholy word has retained its unholy character. The new strategy is...

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...

Pellegrino: The Medical Philosopher and Prophet

He died on June 13.

I will never forget our first meeting at his Georgetown office. It was a Thursday. At age 91, his piercing eyes and attentive demeanor were surprisingly intense during our ninety minute conversation. His was a soul “haunted by conscience” as he put it. He said this by way of assuring that he would get back to us on some of material...