Archive for February, 2016

Real Rights and Imaginary Rights

Modern Ideologies carry on their cultural revolution by invoking “the rights of man,” the cry of the French Revolution. Radical feminism justifies legalized abortion as “reproductive rights” or as “the right to privacy.” Proponents of same-sex marriage rationalize their demands as a matter of civil rights due to all minorities. Advocates of euthanasia consider physician-assisted suicide as the right to die with dignity. However, ideology invents rights that do not correspond to the nature...

Contraception and the Family-Enemy Economy: the Common Evil

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

In the 1870s, roughly three million Englishmen left farms and went to the cities to earn wages due to bad commodity prices and potential prosperity resulting from working in industrial jobs. However, wages were very low and rent very high and often families lived in tenements that lacked many amenities, such as water in the house. They became “wage slaves.” Thinkers distinguished between real wealth (owning what you produce) and token wealth (cash). However,...

Book Review: The Choice of the Family, an Interview with Jean Laffitte

By Stephanie Pacheco

2015, “The Choice of the Family: A Call to Wholeness, Abundant Life, and Enduring Happiness.”

I saw this book and picked it up because the title posed an unusual juxtaposition of the words “choice” and “family.” For someone immersed in the regular, secular media, like I am, “choice” is a word associated with abortion, not usually with traditional family structures. This interview with Jean Laffitte, Bishop and Head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, instead...

The Modern American Christian Martyr

It is as Cardinal Francis George famously quipped, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.” By now, most Americans have heard of the name David Daleiden. A citizen journalist who in the beginning of the Summer of 2015 exposed Planned Parenthood to the multitudes as the horrific harbinger of the Culture of Death. While the news that Planned...

Justice Antonin Scalia, a Champion of Life

This past weekend brought news both feared and unexpected by devout Catholics, pro-life activists, and conservative public policy advocates. Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the finest jurists in the history of the Republic, had passed away peacefully in his sleep.

With the passing of this great champion of life and liberty, many also fear the closing of a historic window of opportunity in which American government might be restored to operation within its...

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Stuart W. Nolan, Jr.

stu-nolanStuart W. Nolan, Jr. is the chairman of the Board of Directors for Human Life International, as well as the founder and managing attorney of LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, a law firm offering “counsel for a culture of life”. Stu Nolan is also president of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life, a foundation supported in part by his law practice, and he serves as chairman of the National Catholic Committee of...

The Decline of Religion and the Death of Man

The decline of religion in North American society presents a series of problems that are significant threats to all its citizens. The first problem, which is the direct result of undermining the importance of God or even negating his existence, is the illusion that man is autonomous.  Without a viable relationship with the Creator, man begins to think that he is not dependent on any other being than himself. He believes that he...

The Witness of True Love

“How many of you ladies, when you were growing up, wanted to be a Disney princess?” That’s a question I ask brides-to-be when I’m teaching classes to engaged couples in preparation for marriage. Interestingly, usually about ninety percent of the hands go up. I use this analogy to explain marriage in light of Ephesians 5, where St. Paul explains that husbands and wives are called to love each other as Christ loved the Church. How...