Archive for April, 2014

Limitless Marriage: the New Normal

A recent Telegraph article entitled “Married Lesbian Threesome Expecting Their First Baby in July” might have been found in a tabloid ten years ago, but now its contents are less than shocking. While only two of the three women are actually legally married, the three live in common and have contrived to be as legally bound as possible. One of the women is expecting “their” first child, with the help of an anonymous...

Values Without Virtues

A friend of mine, in preparing his charges for Confirmation, was astonished when one young man in his class confessed that he saw nothing wrong with the values espoused by Adolph Hitler. “He was merely carrying out his dream”, said the soon-to-be confirmed youngster. Dreams may be beautiful, but they fall far short of that ideal when one man’s dream crushes the dreams of countless millions of other people.

This private view of...

The Unbought Grace of Life

“The unbought grace of life”, a phrase used by Edmund Burke in Reflections on the Revolution in France, refers to the priceless treasures of custom and tradition that transform human existence from barbaric and primitive to human and civilized. The unbought grace of life elevates human experience and gladdens the heart with gratitude and joy for the goodness of life’s exquisite pleasures. Several portraits of the home in literature also depict it as an unbought...

Mercy is Love’s Second Name

With the canonization of Pope John Paul II on April 27, 2014, the world exceedingly rejoices. In God’s providence, the Holy Father’s elevation to sainthood occurs on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast instituted by “the Great Mercy Pope” himself when he canonized St. Faustina Kowalska on Divine Mercy Sunday in the year 2000.

The meaning and message of Divine Mercy were central to Pope John Paul’s pontificate. He outlines this in a particular...

Why Paul J. Griffiths Is Wrong About Homosexual Acts

Here is Catholic theologian Paul J. Griffiths, a professor at Duke University, reviewing gay author Richard Rodriguez’s Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography in the conservative First Things, of all places, and making the case for the goodness of same-sex love along the way: “I don’t agree with every position taken in Darling, or with every argument offered…On homosexuality and homosexual acts…I think Rodriguez much closer to being right than not. Insofar as...

Life vs. the Environment: a False Dilemma

The environmentalist mentality today is very often positioned against the flourishing of human life, as though humans are a threat (e.g., population growth) to the environment, which is treated as bearing great value independent of humanity. The recent film Noah takes up this point of view; the antagonist is the one who quotes Scripture and asserts that man has dominion over the earth and the animals upon it. But there need not be a dilemma...

Fidelity to Tradition: Bl. John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council

On Sunday, April 27, along with John Paul II, Pope Francis will canonize the beloved John XXIII, having quickly advanced him through the arduous process of saint-creation. One is tempted to call it the undercard of the match, or perhaps Pope Francis wanted some Italian presence in St. Peter’s square to offset the busloads of Poles descending on the eternal city. In any case, John XXIII was certainly no undercard in his lifetime. He...

Methuselah’s Daughters

As an article in the DailyMail recently reported, Women are getting increasingly older before having children. The number of women in their 50s having children has doubled over the last 5 years in the U.K.; three children are born to mothers in their 50s every week in England and the number of mothers younger than 25 has plummeted by half since the early 1970s.[1] The trend is widespread in the...