Archive for July, 2014

Human Rights or God-Given Rights? Part I

“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles laici, 38).

The language of “rights” has...

Childhood RIP: The Death of Archie

The unthinkable is happening! Archie Andrews was the Dorian Gray of high school teenagers and enjoyed immunity from the ravages of time. In his case, it lasted for or some 73 years. His romantic affection for Betty and Veronica would never be consummated in marriage, but would keep his readers in a perpetual state of wonderment. He was the comic strip version of Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” – – “Bold Lover,...

A United Witness: The Lives and Deaths of Thomas More and John Fisher

By Donald Prudlo, Ph.D.

From the moment Christ uttered His stunning doctrine on marriage 2,000 years ago, the Church has stood in unbroken witness to His teaching. Christ elevated marriage to a sacrament of the New Law, linking it with the purity of God’s original design for creation. Through the history of Christianity, the Church has met challenge after challenge regarding this belief. Against the Romans she mandated that people from any social class could marry. Against pagan denigration...

The Manliness of Chivalry

In Howard Pyle’s version of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, the Tanner sings a ballad entitled “The Wooing of Sir Keith” in which an old, ugly woman arrives at King Arthur’s court begging for the noble deed of a chivalrous knight:

“Quoth she, ‘I have a foul disease Doth gnaw my very heart, And but one thing can bring me ease Or cure my bitter smart,

There is no rest, no ease for...

Extraordinary Synod to Address Pastoral Challenges to the Family

The Church reads the signs of the times. This year, she is poised to address the challenges wrought to evangelization by advocacy for the redefinition of marriage, secular divorce, cohabitation and other developments regarding family life. A working document entitled The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization has been drawn up to guide the extraordinary synod of bishops.

The synod of bishops is an advisory body to the pope,...

A Blessing Between Christians and Jews

On April 6, 1993, the fiftieth anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, the then Pope John Paul II delivered a most inspirational message: “As Christians and Jews, following the example of the faith of Abraham, we are called to be a blessing for the world. This is the common task awaiting us. It is therefore necessary for us, Christians and Jews, to be first a blessing to one another.”

These are...

Setting the World Ablaze: Living the Theology of the Body

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” This famous quote attributed to St. Catherine of Sienna could very well describe the good fruit of the second international Theology of the Body Congress held this July in Philadelphia. The event brought together a first-class roster of speakers (Damon Owens, Christopher West, Dr. Janet Smith, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. John Grabowski, Dr. Deborah Savage, and many more) that...

Who is In Control?: Microchip Contraceptives

Just when one begins to believe that science has pushed the God-playing envelope to the limits, it seems as though the proverbial envelope sprouts wings. Since the decriminalization of contraception in the 1965 case, Griswold vs. Connecticut, the smorgasbord of contraceptive medications and devices has reached an excessive number. From the Pill, to the patch, to the shot, to the sponge, to the ring, to IUDs and beyond, the average gynecology patient is left overwhelmed with...