Archive for May, 2014

Post Abortion Grief and Other Negative Emotions: A Women’s Health Issue

Last year the Huffington Post published a piece entitled, “Post Abortion-Syndrome: The Solution in Search of a Problem”. The article, written by Sarah Erdreich, (author of the book, Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement) quotes a University of California San Francisco study on Post-Abortion Syndrome or PAS. Erdreich wrote that “researchers examined data from 843 women that sought abortion care between 2008 and 2010; of those that were able to...

In Hoc Signo Vinces (In This Sign Conquer)

It may come as a surprise to many that the fruits of the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s are not anything really new. Western society has faced these issues before with the sexual morality of the Pax Romana. When the Empire began its conversion to Catholicism, this loose morality was defeated precisely because of the acceptance of Catholic teaching. Today, however, is a different story. It is now “en vogue” to have thrown away...

The Art of Living: Ideology and Wisdom

In the famous story about Procrustes’ bed, a cruel tyrant tortures his victims by stretching their legs if they are too short to fit the bed he has constructed, or he cuts off the long legs of his captives to fit the size of the bed. The legs must adjust to the bed; the bed is not made to accommodate the length of the legs. Man does not have to respect or conform to...

Is The Church Too Negative?

It is easy to cast anything in the negative. Such a maneuver, however, does not change its meaning. The statement “All frogs are amphibians” is equivalent to “No frogs are non-amphibians.” This change in words, without affecting a change in meaning is called “obversion” and is taught to freshmen in first-year logic. “All trees are living things” is equivalent to “No trees are non-living thing.” Negating both the subject and the predicate maintains...

Unbreak My Heart: God’s Mercy After Abortion

This past March, Emily Letts created a media firestorm by filming her abortion and posting her documentary as a testament to how wonderful abortion could be. In a follow-up article in Cosmopolitan, she gushes about her abortion as a positive and even joyous experience. This portrayal stuns all who value life from the moment of conception and prompted understandable outrage. However, it is important to remember that Emily...

Changing Hearts and Minds

Much of society is used to the old slogan of “changing hearts and minds”. It is often used by those within the pro-life movement to describe the goal of not only ending abortion, but actively converting people who are in favor of abortion to become pro-life. In many ways it points to a mystical reality that is not always properly understood and may be taken for granted in modern society. But this simple phrase...

Roots of the Culture of Death

In Chapter 11 of Evangelium Vitae, Saint John Paul II refers to abortion and euthanasia as attacks made against human life at the time of its greatest frailty. He calls our attention to the fact that these attacks are no longer regarded as “crimes,” but as “rights”. They are carried out by health-care personnel and, even more disturbingly, more often than not, with the approval of the family, which is called by nature...

The Good Heart: The Greatest of Blessings in a Child’s Life

Of all Dickens’ works he referred to David Copperfield as his “favorite child”, a story based in large part on his life and narrated in the first person. It depicts David’s journey from the opening chapter entitled “I Am Born” to the death of his beloved mother to his miserable experience with a severe, unloving stepfather. The story then depicts David’s lonely life at a boarding school under a cruel schoolmaster, a short interlude...