Archive for September, 2013

Impending Canonization Invites JPII Generation to Strengthen Faith

Who could forget the thrill of being one of thousands, even millions, of young Catholics awaiting the arrival of Pope John Paul II to one of the many World Youth Days he attended? It was, as the media portrayed it, like waiting for a rock star. This pope had been pontiff for most of our young lives, he had contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, and when he spoke to multitudes it felt...

The Prophet of Hope: Blessed John XXIII

In a few days, on September 30, we will have confirmation of the exact date for the anticipated April canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. The great mission of evangelization carried out during the papacy of John Paul II was preceded by the foundation for renewal laid by the Second Vatican Council, which is the lasting legacy of John XXIII.

On October 11, 1962, Blessed John XXIII made the...

New York Clerk Refuses Same-Sex “Marriage” License

I was surprised by the following article:

Jefferson Center — Joan MacIntryre and Jane Andrews have dreamed of a wedding with all the trappings. Joan has pulled out all the stops to bring it all together. Jane is taking care of the flowers. Relatives are coming in from all over. The event is planned for late October, but now it seems it is not going to happen.

At least not...

Men’s Liberation

NARAL Pro-Choice America hosted a fundraiser September 18 entitled “Men for Choice.” The purpose of the event was to make sure that any coital act, which had the undesired natural consequence of pregnancy, could be undone by abortion.

So the abortion movement has finally declared itself. Its purpose is the liberation of men, not women. Pro-lifers have known for many years that the availability of abortion made it more difficult for women...

Sr. Hanna Klaus, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Hanna Klaus, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. (Sr. Miriam Paul) is a Medical Mission Sister who directed the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, Pakistan from 1961-66, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1966-68. She also founded and (formerly) directed the Natural Family Planning Center of Washington, D.C., Inc. and the Teen STAR Program. She is a gynecologist who has conducted use-effectiveness research and training of teachers of...

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...

Abortion, Parenthood, and Social Policy

Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote, “A family policy must be the basis and driving force of all social policies” (see Evangelium vitae, no. 90). Why?

The family is the basic building block that is needed in order for society to function properly. When unjust laws exist that are disrespectful to the gift of human life, there will a decline of the family. But how exactly is family life affected?

In his book The...

Contradictions: Catholics for Choice

An entertaining piece of outrage found in this Catholics for Choice (CFC) magazine article was the discovery that several champions of authentic human rights – female champions, no less – had the audacity to defend the Catholic Church. The article targeted two of Human Life International’s (HLI) excellent leaders: Dr. Ligaya Acosta (HLI Regional Director for Asia and Oceania) and Julia Regina de Cardenal (director of HLI El Salvador) for their opposition...