Archive for August, 2015

The Presence of a Mother and Father in a Home

In his essay “A Father’s Presence in the Home” that appeared in the July 15 edition of Principles , Dr. John A. Cuddeback explains the art of household economy in Aristotle’s treatise “On Household Management.” He identifies Aristotle’s two first principles that govern the order of a home: the bond between a husband and wife and the relationship between the parents and the children. What distinguishes the family from other social bodies, Aristotle observes,...

Conscience, Legislation, and the Culture of Death

In the beginning of her book UnPlanned, Abby Johnson experiences a dramatic epiphany wherein she finally realizes the truth regarding abortion. “I had believed a lie! I had blindly promoted the ‘company line’ for so long. Why? Why hadn’t I searched out the truth for myself? Why had I closed my ears to the arguments I’d heard? Oh, dear God, what had I done?” (pg. 7). Mrs. Johnson’s realization shows just how the culture...

The Truth in Hiding: Converts and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

One of my favorite anecdotes, though clearly a fabrication, involves Jascha Heifetz and Mischa Elman who, in their time, were two of the world’s greatest violinists. On one occasion, the maître d’ of their favorite restaurant escorted them to a table where a letter addressed to “the world’s greatest violinist” lay waiting for them. Jascha said, “This must be for you, Mischa”.  His counterpart said, “No, Jascha, this must be for you.” The...

Pope’s Visit Focuses on “The One Who Needs Me Most”

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

From September 23 – 28 all eyes will be on the Western world and the anticipated visit from Pope Francis. Other popes have been to the United States before him. It seems, though, that this pope has planned a particularly strong message to deliver no Pope has a planned deliver, not only through words but also through the places he plans to visit. While at the same time, Pope Francis will carry his message of his...

Fundamental Distinctions for the Upcoming Synod

This is the third article in a three-part series on the upcoming Synod. See the first article here, and the second here.

Going forward to the Ordinary Synod on the Family this October and afterwards as well, the Church will need, in my view, to make clear some fundamental distinctions. Three significant ones come to mind.

History vs. historicity

First, the Church needs, more than ever in a world...

The Love Story God Intended

“Thus, in every true love song of engaged or married couples one can catch a glimpse of God’s Love Song, and this glimpse leaves the seer fascinated.” (Angelo Cardinal Comastri in “Foreword” to The Journey of Our Love)

What is so precious about love letters? Why are they preserved, read and re-read? Why do lovers write every day even with nothing important to say? Why are the letters published when they are private? What...

Kasich’s Shining Moment

Current Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, jumped into the vast pool of Republican presidential hopefuls rather late, but nevertheless merited a spot among the top ten candidates in the recent GOP debate (if we must persist in calling it a debate). He is doing well in the polls, and has the advantage of being from a key swing state, but it is unlikely that he will be the eventual Republican nominee.

During the debate, Fox...

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.
Editor’s Note: Read Fr. Cole’s previous article “Can the Virtue of Chastity be Compromised” for more background.

 

The phrase “same sex attraction” has different and equivocal meanings. One is a desire for legitimate friendship and marriage based on virtue, the other a desire for sexual pleasure from a person of the same sex. Often the desire for sexual pleasure under the guise of “love” begins in the heart and...