Archive for July, 2014

When Marriage Intentionally Excludes Children

When modern society thinks of attacks that strike at the heart of marriage, the arguments typically center on same-sex “marriage” and divorce. However, there is another subtler phenomenon that is also taking place; the intentional decision to never have children. This occurrence is becoming more prevalent with each passing year as more articles and blogs are written defending the practice. Many people cite reasons of “freedom” without really knowing what that word...

A Revisionist Sexual Ethics on Display

The following two paragraphs are taken from Boston College professor of theology Lisa Sowle Cahill’s America magazine review of Sr. Margaret Farley, R.S.M.’s controversial book, Just Love (See “Patterns of Relationship,” December 11, 2006). The book, published in 2006 by Continuum with the subtitle A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, was recently criticized in a “notification” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on March 30, 2012.

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The Christian Way of Life: 1st Century and 21st Century

In the ancient classical world during the first century, the Christian way of life clashed dramatically with the pagan practices of the day. In “The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus”, the author acknowledges that the early Christians possess a “wonderful and confessedly striking method of life.” Unlike pagans who abandon their sick or unwanted children to die in the mountains, the early Christians “do not destroy their offspring.” Unlike pagans who do not honor...

Should we be Judgmental?

It is happening more and more frequently. As our cultural narrative becomes increasingly secular, Christians are consistently painted as bigots, discriminatory and judgmental. In response to a recent article I wrote asking for dialogue about same-sex “marriage,” I was called a “self-righteous bigot only pretending to want dialogue” (though the majority of people were gracious and civil). These accusations cannot help but sting, but are they just? Can we speak out about issues such as...

A Reasoned Response to Guttmacher Hysteria

The Guttmacher Institute, an organization founded as the research arm of Planned Parenthood and dedicated to the promotion of contraception and abortion, issued a statement calling for action to ensure free hormonal contraception, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization for all women. In this statement, the Guttmacher Institute declares that in light of the recent Supreme Court decision that exempts closely held corporations from the HHS mandate, measures are needed to make sure...

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

As a graduate student back in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, I was blessed with the opportunity to study under some of the most renowned theologians and philosophers in the country, if not the world, e.g. the future Cardinals Avery Dulles, Angelo Scola and Carlo Caffarra among them, as well as the likes of Benedict M. Ashley, OP, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, John Finnis, William E. May, Ralph McInerny, Fr. Francis Martin, Paul...

The Beginning of Life

I do not receive many personal letters anymore. Emails have, by and large, replaced them. But, unhappily, the missives that pass through my computer soon make their way into cyberspace and then on to oblivion. They will never be candidates for nostalgia.

The important personal letters I have received, via snail mail, record a significant aspect of my history of human relations. Somehow, like wine, they seem to improve with age. Recently, I...

The Name of Evil: “Legion”

The nature of evil is to break, divide and rend asunder all that God unites in creation — to destroy the inherent harmony of order and the oneness of relationships. The more broken the pieces and parts are in the ruins, the better. Whether in bitter arguments, destructive wars, bitter factions, or violent heresies, the Devil advances his agenda by dividing and sub-dividing what God has designed for wholeness and peace. Original sin separated...