Archive for January, 2015

Legalized Poisons: The New Organization of Life

What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more. Sure, He that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and godlike reason To fust in us unused. Hamlet (IV, iv, 33-39)

In a therapeutic culture that depends on the easy availability of contraception and abortion as commodities of life, man’s “godlike reason”...

The Link Between Spousal Love and “Responsible” Parenthood

This is Part IV of a series; find Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here.

When Bl. Pope Paul VI spoke beautifully of the two “meanings” of the marital act – the “unitive” and the “procreative” (see HV, 12) – he was teaching us, even before St. John Paul II’s remarkable Theology of the Body later developed the idea, that the human body speaks...

Downton Abbey as a Backdrop for Casti Connubii

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Like thousands of others, the last few Sunday evenings have found me settling in to my couch and tuning in to watch Downton Abbey. This PBS series set in early twentieth century England chronicles the drama, trials and tribulations of the residents of Downton Abbey, the ancestral home of the aristocratic Crawley family.

The current season finds the characters confronting the social changes of the 1920s. The family patriarch is struggling to preserve his position...

The Soul of Education

The goal of Catholic education should be to cultivate an army of saints. Every graduate from a Catholic school should be equipped with the tools necessary to live their faith honestly and completely. They should know not only what the Church teaches, but why she teaches what she does and how to explain Church teachings properly and defend them effectively to others. A student’s time in Catholic school also must root them in prayer and...

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Jacquelyn Lee

rsz_jleeJacquelyn Lee is a senior at St. John XXIII College Preparatory and plans to attend the University of Dallas in the fall to study Classics.

Articles by Jacquelyn:

Openness to Life, Technology, and the Role of Virtue: Contraception vs. NFP

This is Part III of a series; find Part I here and Part II here.

In boldly reaffirming the Church’s constant and centuries-old teaching on contraception (cf., e.g., HV, 6), the pope would famously, if controversially, proclaim that “each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship [or remain open] to the procreation of human life” (per se aptus vitam generandam, HV, 11; cf. Pope Pius...

The Case for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Has the time come? Can the pro-life movement take another step forward toward a Culture of Life? Strange as it may seem, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act has actually paved the way for HR 36 (also known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act). Ultimately, society has come to the realization that when it comes to late-term abortions, many just find this horrid practice to be unpalatable. In the late 1990s, even pro-abortion...

The Normal and the Perverse

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis distinguishes between two statements that illustrate an important moral distinction. To say in response to a waterfall “This is sublime” does not have the same meaning as “I have sublime feelings.” Likewise, to state “Children are delightful” or “Old men are venerable” does not carry the same weight of meaning as “I enjoy children” or “I revere old men”. Lewis argues that the emotional reaction or...