Archive for October, 2014

Brittany Maynard and Suffering: A Study in Contrast

At the beginning of the movie Shadowlands, CS Lewis is heard saying, “Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” It is an obvious reference to CS Lewis’ theology of suffering. The point, however, is to make note that each person suffers and, at times, suffering is part of the Divine plan. Recently, it has come to light that Brittany Maynard, 29-year old Oregon resident who suffers from a rare form of brain...

6 Reasons the Synod Shouldn’t Worry Us

The recent Synod on the Family has been painted in the media as a battle between the liberal good guys and the conservative bad guys. Sometimes the reporting made it sound like sweeping changes were coming, especially on the heels of Pope Francis’s remarks about a “God of surprises”. For orthodox Catholics, the issue of communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics was particularly prominent. Many of the sincere faithful, myself included at times, were...

Should Families Celebrate Halloween?

With the increasing crispness of fall and the whispers of winter, comes perhaps the most controversial occasion amongst conservative Catholics, the modern celebration of Halloween. While many may avoid all semblances of celebration for All Hallow’s Eve, and still others jump into the celebrations blindly and without question, it is important to know where the holiday came from and what it means for us as Catholics, particularly those raising children, in the world today.

Halloween came...

The Truth Will Set You Free: Voting According to Catholic Principles

It’s that time of year again, when the November elections are on the horizon.  Inevitably, we are faced with some difficult decisions. It seems that the pool of candidates with good values gets smaller every year. What is a faithful Catholic, or for that matter any person of good will and right conscience, to do?

Fortunately, we can look to the wisdom of the Church for guidance on how to develop a rightly formed conscience,...

Called to Vote, to Participate in Political Life

The Church tells us “by reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will.” The laity participates in them in a special way so as to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated so that they may always be affected according to Christ and may be to the glory...

20 Years After Cairo

Editor’s Note: This is Part IV of a four part series on the implications and effects of the International Conference on Population and Development that took place twenty years ago in Cairo.

The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its outcome document, the Programme of Action, initiated a fierce tug-of-war between those in the UN system who oppose abortion, and those who promote it. That conflict continues unabated today. The...

The Heresy of Lifeless Love

Why would anyone seek admission to a university, pay tuition, purchase books, and then not attend class, take tests, or study? Why would anyone buy a home, furnish it, and then leave it vacant and neither rent it nor live in it? Why would anyone go to a physician, seek a medical cure, and then ignore the prescription and disregard the doctor’s orders? Many people who desire love and marriage pursue their goal in...

What two decades of ICPD policy has done for women’s health

Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a four part series on the implications and effects of the International Conference on Population and Development that took place twenty years ago in Cairo. Find Part I here and Part II here.

As the UN takes stock of fifteen years of Millennium Development Goals and twenty years of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) policies, the same themes repeatedly emerge: the...