Archive for June, 2014

The Case for Sex-Selection Abortion Bans: Part 2

Editor’s Note: See Part 1 here.

Lately, the pro-abortion lobby has had to engage in very aggressive politics on the legislative front. Infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell did not help their cause, nor did opposing various states who were trying to pass policies that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Kermit Gosnell made the pro-abortion movement look dirty and dangerous while opposing bans on abortions at the 20 week gestation mark...

Physician Assisted Suicide: From Dominion over Human Procreation to the “Right to Die”

Forty-six years ago this July, Pope Paul VI issued his most controversial and, as it turned out, his last, yet most enduring encyclical.  I believe that Humanae vitae is a priceless gift to the (post) modern world. In it, Venerable Paul VI, as we know, reaffirmed the 2,000-years-old Catholic teaching on the immorality of contraception. The Pope taught that conjugal love, and indeed “each and every marital act” must remain open...

In Praise of Narrowness

In Matthew 7:13-14 and in Luke 13:24, we read about a person who comes to Jesus and asks, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” The question anticipates a numerical type of answer and is one that is raised more out of curiosity than out of a genuine concern for moral guidance. The response Jesus gives is more profound than what the questioner is seeking: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the...

The Case for Sex-Selection Abortion Bans: Part 1

Typically, when a couple hears the news that they are pregnant both father and mother are overcome with joy. This joy expresses that they have helped bring a being into existence that is more valuable than the universe itself. How the words of Scripture ring true: “Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward” (Psalm 127:3). It is unfortunate that many do not recognize the reality of...

Rule of Peace

Christopher Derrick’s The Rule of Peace draws from the wisdom of St. Benedict’s famous Rule for monastic life to teach the art of how to be at peace in the world as well as in the monastery. According to St. Benedict, four steps are needed to master the art of peace. First, a person must learn to be peace with his environment and learn to be at home in that part of the country...

Marriage: Where do we go from here?

With D.C.’s March for Marriage drawing near, this is a good moment to take a look at how we Catholics—laypeople, priests, and bishops—can better prepare couples for this holy Sacrament, which was blessed in a special way by the first miracle of Our Lord at Cana at His Mother’s request. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is quite clear that “the matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble. God himself has determined...

Denmark Forces Churches to Conduct Homosexual Weddings

As Denmark requires its churches to perform same-sex marriages, it offers a preview of loss of religious liberty to come. In 2012, Denmark’s parliament legislated a law that required all churches to perform same-sex marriages. When the law passed, “Denmark’s church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote ‘historic,’” reported The Telegraph. The threat to religious freedom presented by the redefinition of marriage has become a reality.

The law carried a large majority with 85...

Being Pro-life is not an Option

Few things are less dramatic than opening one’s Chinese fortune cookie and reading the inscription. Under the circumstances, a drum roll is entirely unnecessary. I do not believe that anyone, with the possible exception of Rodney Dangerfield, has ever cracked opened a fortune cookie that contained an ominous message. At the same time, fortune cookie messages can be either appropriate or entirely irrelevant.  In our case, my wife’s message that evening was most...