Archive for May, 2015

“If You Love Life, Life Will Love You Back!”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

Loving life seems like it should be a no brainer. Life is a gift and, as Catholics, we learn that our lives are gifts that deserve respect and love.

The city of Omaha Nebraska was in shock last week. Police Officer Kerrie Orozco gave birth to a baby girl, Olivia Ruth, born premature on February 17, 2015. Olivia had to stay in the hospital until she reached her ideal birth weight. Officer Kerrie was going to...

A Not So Modest Proposal: On Prohibiting Procreation/Sexual Intercourse…To Save the Planet

Who can deny our globe has reached an environmental tipping point of epic proportions. For many decades now, a number of esteemed scientists have warned of the grave dangers posed to the planet by overpopulation and global warming/climate change. Some of these scientists have suggested that an effective solution to these problems would be a new black plague (e.g., a new world-wide Ebola-like virus) that would wipe out the entire human population –...

Irreplaceable Women

Taylor Swift and Pope Francis are whistling a similar tune these days. The pop star and the pontiff have recently spoken publicly about the importance of equal pay for women, a controversy that many people the world over have very strong opinions about. Here in America, perhaps one of the most progressive countries in the world by way of human rights, women continue to earn only 77% of their male counterparts in the workplace. “Why is...

The Wisdom of Jane Austen on Marriage

All of Jane Austen’s novel center on the all-importance of marriage as one of the major decisions in a man or woman’s life. They portray happy, ideal marriages as the greatest source of contentment in human life, “all the best blessings of existence” as she writes in Emma. A bachelor in the novel observes his married brother’s contentment: “There was too much domestic happiness in his brother’s house; woman wore too amiable a form...

John Paul II on the Death Penalty: A Development of Doctrine?

With sorrow, I learned Friday that the Boston Bomber, 21 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has received the death penalty, slated for lethal injection. It is not the case that he doesn’t deserve the death penalty. He does. Execution is the gravest possible punishment for the gravest possible crime: the remorseless and meaningless killing and maiming of innocent civilians–classic terrorism. Punishment, according to Catholic teaching, is indeed meant to redress the disorder created in society by...

HB 3074 Should Not Be Supported

Joe Kral’s article, The End of the Texas Impasse: The Moral Case for HB 3074, published on April 6 in the Truth & Charity Forum, offers some useful contributions to the problematic debate regarding Texas’ legislation of artificially administered nutrition and hydration. However, HB 3074 is a deeply flawed bill and should not be supported.

HB 3074 seeks to remedy the current law in Texas, which treats...

Defending life is not in opposition to fighting poverty

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

I was astounded when I read reports by numerous news outlets that during a panel discussion on poverty held at Georgetown University, President Obama admonished Catholic and Evangelical Christian leaders to focus more on poverty and spend less time worrying about abortion and same-sex marriage. Surely, someone who is a constitutional law scholar, as President Obama claims to be, would realize how inappropriate it is for the President of the United States to insert himself...

How to Create and Sustain a Culture of Life

In contemporary society, we are faced with the challenge of how we can establish again a Culture of Life, one that would integrally respect life from biological conception to its natural end. St. John Paul II underlines the necessity of preaching the Gospel of Life as an integral part of the Gospel (78). This vision was defended many years before the promulgation of St. John Paul II’s Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) by Fr. Paul...