Archive for September, 2016

First Belgian Child Euthanized, Slippery Slope Morphs into Cliff

By Stephanie Pacheco

In 2014, Belgium extended their euthanasia laws to include children. This year, the first case of a killing of a minor, unnamed to protect the family’s privacy, has been confirmed. The presumption of the goodness of life over death has eroded far.

Two other cases in the 2010s drive the point further: in 2012, a British mother, Charlotte Fitzmaurice, petitioned and was granted the legal right to kill her disabled, suffering but...

The Case for the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act

Currently, there are 27 states that have passed Women’s Right to Know legislation wherein pregnant mothers are given at least a 24-hour waiting period to review information regarding the risks of abortion, fetal development, and other pertinent information prior to an abortion being performed. Informed consent policies, as these laws are also known by, regarding abortion are becoming more prevalent as many people certainly see the need to inform the woman who is about...

The Importance of Personal Influence in Teaching the Faith

How do we continue to pass on the Faith? This is a timeless question worth asking, especially for Catholic teachers beginning a new school year. Every year begins with anticipation and hope, for both teachers and students alike. Yet, for teachers, there can be some apprehension of how the students will receive the message about the Faith. What is the best way to explain the Faith, in terms that are understandable yet draw students more...

An Education in Human Nature: The School of the Family

As the traditional family continually comes under attack as some arbitrary arrangement or artificial construct rather than as a wise God-given design, its great educational benefit for children goes unappreciated. It is as if the family is merely a temporary, improvised situation to be outgrown as the young discover their independence and forge their own lives without any special indebtedness to their parents or ancestors. Because of the crisis of marriage and the many...

The Problem with Moral Blindness

Recently in the news for mistakenly claiming that the Catholic Church would change its position on homosexual “marriage”, Tim Kaine, governor of Virginia and Hillary Clinton’s choice as her vice-presidential running mate, is a self-proclaimed Catholic and an ardent supporter of abortion. For orthodox Catholics, and according to every papal document dealing with the abortion issue, these two positions are mutually exclusive. In his words, “I strongly support the right of women to...

St. John Chrysostom: The family as Micro-Church

In recent Church history there has been considerable reflection on the family as a domestic Church. One of the Patristic contributors to this revival is the great Doctor of the Eastern Church, St. John Chrysostom (347-407). As a bishop he promoted baptized Christian families in his diocese to be what he termed “micro” or “mini” Churches of the home. He developed this from his reading of St. Paul where Paul addresses Priscilla and Aquila...

Though Criticized, Mother Teresa Chastised Politicians, Championed NFP

By Stephanie Pacheco

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa, now to be known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Her elevation to sainthood was unusually widely-covered in the secular media as she is one of the few saints in living memory who was also a public figure, and it has sparked controversy often because of her opposition to abortion and her strong faith standing as underpinnings to her charitable work. However, her own pro-life remarks reveal an...

The Enemies of Life

The enemies of life are legion, and they wage an aggressive world war on all fronts and intend to conquer all opposition. In the past fifty years, government leaders, judges and lawyers, doctors and nurses, drug companies and scientists, professors and teachers, and journalists and ideologues have unleashed a juggernaut to conquer life. Assuming many forms and employing many strategies, the armed forces of death utilize a variety of weapons: subterfuge, sophistry, legalization, propaganda,...