Archive for April, 2015

The Education Children Provide Adults

A famous lesson a child taught to an entire court was uttered in one sentence from Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”: “But, Daddy, he’s got nothing on.” While the king, all the members of the court and even the common people on the street watching the king’s procession dared not speak the truth lest they appear unfashionable or unpopular and lest they appear stupid or incompetent, the child, who is not a respecter of...

Is Hillary a Political Leader or a Religious One?

This past weekend, Presidential-hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton spoke emphatically about the need to improve women’s welfare. She cited a decrease in maternal mortality rates as progress, but said there was still much work to do to ensure safe births and “reproductive health care”, which—for Clinton—most definitely includes unlimited access to abortion.

Now here is where a number of conservative commenters have rightly pricked up their ears about threats to religious liberty. Clinton went...

Bill Attempts To Silence Pro-Life Stance

In his 2013 exhortation, Evangelli Gaudium, Pope Francis said, “A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.”

The privatization of religion has taken yet another step towards the point of exclusion from society. The District of Columbia Council passed...

The Naysayer

Of the many attributes of human beings formalized in Latin—the man who knows (homo sapiens), the man who smiles or plays (homo ludens), the upright man who stands (homo erectus), and economic man (homo economicus)—another mark of man’s nature is his ability to say no (homo negans). This term indicates that human beings have the power to resist, confront and defy unjust laws, inhuman practices and grave evils that attack human dignity and violate...

Pope Francis Stresses Difference, Complementarity of Genders

Whether the mainstream media chooses to cover it or not, Pope Francis’ General Audience yesterday confirmed once again that he upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage. In fact, he unabashedly challenges us saying that it is the “great responsibility of the Church, of all believers, and first of all of believing families, to rediscover the beauty of the creative design that inscribes the image of God also in the alliance between man and...

I Want to Live; I Want to Grow

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Her name is Chanel Murrish. Her mother experienced a normal pregnancy until her twenty week ultra-sound. They noticed the baby had a life-threatening heart condition that would require several surgeries to repair. They went on to further advise them that in her teens, she would need a heart transplant. Doctors suggested terminating the pregnancy. Just as they were weighing their options, the baby began kicking like crazy. They tearfully took this as a sign that she...

An Authentic Childhood: Every Child’s Birthright

A person can be at home in the world or feel like a foreigner in a strange country.  Whether or not a person feels welcomed or alienated depends on the experience in his own home and family. A person’s sense of belonging to a family home—the microcosm of a little universe—prepares him for being at home in the larger world of human society and Nature—the macrocosm. Domus, the Latin word for home (“domestic”) also...

The next Encyclical: only feeling “green?”

In just several weeks, Pope Francis will publish his encyclical letter on the environment. In it, he will undoubtedly mention climate change, pollution of rivers and the seas, desalination, deforestation, perhaps xenotransplantation, elimination of living species, waste and climate change, among other threats to the habitat of humankind. Many of these problems stem from ignorance, lack of proper and moral scientific testing, and often negligence on the part of states and corporations to...