Archive for October, 2013

Distinguishing Vocations from Occupations

There seems to be a never-ending stream of articles advising women on how to navigate the tension between professional and domestic life. Scholarly and popular magazines, religious and secular publications, as well as both bloggers and professional journalists offer a plethora of recommendations. They range in perspective from Brandeis University Professor Linda Hirshman’s 2005 screed exhorting women to marginalize family life as much as possible in order to maximize their power and...

Abortion and Discrimination in the UK

The word “discrimination” may very well be the most confusing word in the English language. In practice, everyone is in favor of it, everyone is against it, and virtually no one understands it. Its basic meaning is the act of making or recognizing differences. For example, discrimination between fact and theory is sometimes difficult: a person is told to be more discriminating in his choice of friends. Education is not possible if the...

Estrela Report Defeated: No to Compulsory Sex Education for Toddlers; Limitless Abortions; Restricted Conscience Rights

In a society where marriage, love, and sex are defined according to an individual’s desires rather than objective truth, I often wonder when a line will be crossed. When, if ever, will we open our eyes and realize there are actions and behaviors that are objectively dangerous not only to individuals, but to society as a whole? The European Parliament’s recent rejection of the Estrela Report, which proposed mandatory radical sexual education, universal abortion rights,...

A Way Forward for the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church

In a previous article, I outlined the serious ethical dilemma faced by Catholic Boy Scouts now that the Boy Scouts of America approved a policy allowing openly homosexual boys to be Scouts. As written, the new membership norms require all troops to welcome boys who proudly proclaim themselves to be gay. This is a significant obstacle to Catholic participation in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Because while having same-sex attractions is...

Burden or Blessing: A Look at Wayfarers in the Autumn of Life

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates tells the elderly Cephalus, ”I enjoy talking with the very aged. For to my thinking we have to learn of them as it were from wayfarers who have preceded us on a road on which we too, it may be, must some time fare.”

Now 2,300 years later, we still use phrases like “older and wiser” and “youth is wasted on the young.” While it’s recognized that the...

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Justina Miller

Justina Miller  is a Catholic writer living in Southern California. With a love for the Church and ministry, she served as a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Missionary on the campus of Vanderbilt University, on the FOCUS Conference Planning Team, and has worked with Mother Teresa’s homes in Kolkata, India. Currently, Justina writes for a handful of companies and publications in an effort to echo Walker Percy’s ambition to “awaken desire”...

Condoms, Consequences, and the Christian Vision of Moral Conduct

Those old enough to remember are familiar with the hippie slogan of the 1960’s: “Let it all hang out”. As the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus liked to remark, the sociologist Peter Berger’s response at the time was: “Tuck it all back in”. There is still much “tucking in” that needs to be done today by those of us concerned with fostering the dignity of marriage and family life in our early 21st...

California, AB 154, and the Culture of Death

It is truly a sad sign of the times when a state provides more protection to animals that undergo abortions than to human beings. Currently, California mandates that only a certified veterinary surgeon is allowed to perform abortions on animals. What strange irony that a pregnant female housecat is considered more important and worthy of protection under the laws of California than a pregnant human female. With the passage of AB 154 into law,...