Archive for December, 2016

Pro-life Politics are not Fringe or Obsolete: The Hyde/Helms Amendments

By Stephanie Pacheco

The mention of being pro-life is often met by eye-rolls, as something out of style, obsolete even, since abortion has been legal for over forty years. Even Pope Francis said in his first major papal interview that “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.” There is something about the pro-life movement that even the pope admits has a passe, judgmental characteristic. While there...

The Stars Also Perish

Death, we are told by a most reliable source, can come like a thief in the night. We are all mortal and even stars perish. The year dies at the close of December 31. We wonder how the New Year’s child aged so much in just twelve months. As the present year comes to an end, we think hopefully of the following year. Yet, we cannot forget the rapid passing of 2016. Death...

Contact with the Real: The Foundation of Family, Education, and Spirituality

The typical student in twenty-first century America does not have adequate contact with concrete experience in the real world—contact with Mother Nature’s earth, air, and water; with the living persons of the various members of a family; or with the physical life of the body. The young have substituted vicarious or secondary experience in place of the primary contact with the real, the tangible, and the concrete. Many students relate to the world around...

Being Catholic under a Trump Presidency

It was a tough election season. There were grave reasons for voting for Mr. Trump, but also many aspects that Catholics and others found deeply troubling such as his demeaning remarks about women. Despite the positives for conservatism and pro-life principles propelled by a vast majority of Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, voting Republican, now is not the time for a victory lap, but rather to dig in take part in accomplishing the magnanimous...

The Heresy of the Day: The Denial of the Natural Order

“The fundamental heresy of our day is perhaps the denial of the natural order, of the very foundations of culture,” writes Father Francis Bethell, O.S.B., in John Senior and the Restoration of Realism. Without a natural order, the supernatural order lacks incarnate reality, and civilization loses its moral sense. Indeed, all the popular ideologies of the twenty-first century originate in the rejection of the self-evident, God-given natural order that speaks in the visible structure...

The Domestic Church and the Sacred Liturgy

This is the fourth of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church. See the first here, the second here and the third here.

Having first investigated the biblical roots of the family as the domestic church (here and here), we then looked at the relationship of the family to the Cross of Christ (here), relying heavily on...

Ideals and Fantasies

Philosophy cannot get off the ground without making distinctions, according to the scholastic maxim, Philosophi est distinguere. That something either is or it is not is a most fundamental distinction without which we are not able to think coherently. Quite often, however, in order to define things clearly, one distinction requires further distinctions.

And so it is with distinguishing an ideal from a fantasy. The Irish novelist and philosopher, Dame Jean Iris Murdoch...

When Misery Meets Mercy

To any woman considering an abortion,

“Please don’t do it. I did. Twice. Unexpectedly, I have carried that decision within me, in my heart and my mind, ever since. It has never gone away. And I have never been able to accept that decision as 100% correct. Even at 99%, that 1% of doubt unleashes unbearable guilt forever. Do not do it to yourself. Listen to these words. I testify to you, the decision to...