Archive for August, 2016

The Demolition of Democracy

Michel de Nostradamus, peering into the events of 2016, would shake his head in disbelief. He would witness the incredible spectacle of a war on the state of North Carolina because its democratic legislature saw fit to ban men from using the women’s washroom in the interest of protecting girls from male predators. “This cannot be so,” the great predictor of future events would say, “I must get myself a new ‘black mirror’.”

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The Need for a Fully Pro-Life Vision

The term “pro-life” is generally known to mean opposition to abortion. But anyone who has given the topic much thought knows that it necessarily involves far more. If human life has intrinsic dignity from conception to birth, it clearly continues to have dignity after birth. And that truth has implications for how we act, as individuals and as a society. That case will be made here from the perspective of the Catholic Church, but...

Beating the Odds

“The times are never so bad,” said Saint Thomas More, “that a good man can’t live in them.” These are encouraging words that can be applied to our present times. In addition to encouraging words, however, we, especially Catholics, need heroes, people who beat the odds and offered hope for the many who feel they have little chance of succeeding.

One such hero, worth introducing at this time, during the Summer Olympics, is...

Humanizing the Unborn: The Case for Burying the Unborn Legislation

As of late, there has been much interest by pro-life legislators in finding ways to curb the current abuse of selling the aborted remains of unborn children. Last year, Mr. David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress uncovered a rather vast conspiracy of abortion providers who were intentionally skirting federal law that prohibited the sale of aborted fetal remains. Unfortunately, this has not been the only indignity, in addition to a violent and...

The Persecution begins with “Baby Steps”

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Recently, the Australian bishops issued a pastoral letter entitled, “Don’t Mess with Marriage.” After citing many examples of ideology against heterosexual marriage based on nature, they answered the unreasonable position of those who believe that marriage can exist between gay couples. They wrote, “ Businessmen, athletes, commentators, teachers, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and others in several countries who have spoken in support of traditional marriage have been vilified in the media, denied employment...

The Great Virtue of Humility

Humility, we are told, is the foundation of our spiritual life. In the Scriptures, we read that God rewards the humble, but he rejects and smites the proud. “Do not fret because of the wicked, be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and be nourished in safety” (Psalm 37:1-3...

How to Navigate Through a Wilderness of Facts

We are flooded with facts. But we are wanting in principles. Facts alone provide us with a wilderness of confusion. We are not educated if all we have at our disposal are facts. We would like to organize our facts into a meaningful whole. Facts give us information, but not understanding, and certainly not wisdom.

At the recent Republican National Convention, Dr. Ben Carson created considerable controversy when he presented a jarring fact....

Dear Susan B. Anthony

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

Lovely Warren, the mayor of Rochester, New York, left a note at Susan B. Anthony’s grave following the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party candidate for president. The note says:

We thought you might like to know that for the first time in history, a woman is running for President representing a major party. 144 years ago your illegal vote got you arrested. It took another 48 years for women to...