Archive for October, 2017

Applying Just Laws Unjustly: Undocumented Immigration and Abortion

Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote, “Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and...

Clarity in a Time of Chaos

The year 1938 was a year of global turmoil. Hitler had seized control of the German army and placed Nazis in key posts. The civil war in Spain continued unabated on its path of murderous violence. Benito Mussolini published an anti-Jewish/African manifesto. Winston Churchill condemned Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia. The League of Nations declared Japan to be an aggressor against China. It was a year in which certain political factions declared that Jews, Africans, Spaniards, Czechs, and Chinese...

Millions Look Towards Heaven For 2 Minutes, 40 Seconds!

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

The event that happens so rarely was seen by millions across the United States on August 21, 2017. The total solar eclipse crossed the U. S. in less than two hours going from coast to coast. Many Americans only witnessed a few seconds whereas some saw it for up to two minutes. Mostly everyone that participated was awestruck. It was a spectacular few seconds that caused this country to stop and look towards Heaven. I wonder how God must have...

#MeToo: A Catholic Response

The hashtag #MeToo has gone viral since last Sunday. Twitter reported Tuesday it has been used 825,000 times. In less than 24 hours, Facebook said “4.7 million people around the world have engaged” in it with “more than 45% of people in the United States” having friends who posted the hashtag. I can’t help but think of Mel Gibson’s rallying cry in the movie, The Patriot: “Freedom!”. Like Alice running from the Queen...

A Short Primer on Veritatis Splendor: Part I

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When Pope St. John Paul illuminated the Church with his encyclical on fundamental moral theology (Veritatis Splendor, 1993), written for bishops and theologians, it  was easily forgotten. Unlike Humanae Vitae, which was also addressed to the laity and persons of good will, St. John Paul was addressing bishops, clergy and especially theologians because he was rectifying a number of errors dealing with fundamental moral theology as it was taught in many seminaries. Being...

Harvesting Human Eggs and Informed Consent Legislation

“Tacit qui consentire videtur” is the legal principle of “silence implies consent.” When the law is silent on a matter, the law considers the matter legal since the law does not prohibit the action. In many respects this principle is applicable when it comes to the subject of assisted reproductive technology and the law. Many refer to it as the “wild west” precisely because there is so little regulation and, seemingly, anything goes....

Lord make me an instrument of thy peace on earth!

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

“And if it’s peace we pray for and peace is what we give, then peace will be the way we are and peace the way we live” (John Denver, Peace poem).

Why is a peaceful interconnection between people sometimes so difficult? Haven’t we learned the lesson by now that fear, anger, hatred and bullying will hinder any capacity for peace in our world?

Throughout history wars conflicts and disagreements have led to various types...

Be Not Afraid

The inherent dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life are part of our fundamental understanding of who we are as Catholics. Sometimes people think that to be “pro-life” is merely one form of activism, or simply a movement that certain people get involved in. Yet to be pro-life, while it certainly includes those important aspects, is much wider and deeper. Reverence for the gift of human life and the dignity...