Archive for the ‘Arland K. Nichols’ Category

The Height of Injustice: the HHS Mandate

This article is the first of four in a series about individual employers and the HHS Mandate. You may find the second article herethe third article here, and the fourth article here.

The United States has a problem when Australian George Cardinal Pell delivers a speech on his continent that uses the goings on in our country as the prime example of the attack of secularism on religion. Speaking...

Contraception – What the Church Teaches

Upon learning that the Church has a teaching about contraception, it is not uncommon for some to question why the Church is interested in such matters. Further, because the Church’s teaching on contraception is rarely given the level of attention and discussion it deserves, it is often unclear what exactly the Church teaches. This article is a brief introduction to a beautiful teaching that I believe, when understood, will be embraced with great joy.

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Stop Supporting Starbucks

I am not going to suggest that there is a binding moral obligation to boycott Starbucks. What I will do is share some information about how Starbucks has engaged in the battle over marriage. In doing so, I don’t have the space to argue for the dignity of all persons, make the case for “traditional marriage,” defend the Catholic Church’s teaching, or offer counsel...

Take Home Lessons from the Furor over Plan B

In January, Cardinal Joachim Meissner of Germany issued a statement in support of administering contraceptives to victims of rape...

Blindness to God (Part II of II)

As I argue in Part I of this article, blindness to God has a profound impact on our understanding of the dignity of persons and inevitably leads to attacks upon human beings.

Consider as an example the recent court case in Reno, Nevada: 32 year old Elisa Bauer has the mental capacity of a 10 year old and through unknown circumstances she became pregnant. Her adoptive parents/guardians of twenty six years, Reverend...

Blindness to God (Part I of II)

As we grapple with the sad reality of forty years of nationwide abortion on demand it is necessary to identify the roots of the poisonous vine that is the abortion regime and culture of death. If we will free our nation from the strangling vine, we must identify and properly uproot the whole plant – roots and all.

Blessed Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical, Evangelium vitae, identifies three distinct but interrelated roots:...

An Impoverished Freedom: How Absolute Autonomy and the “Right to Privacy” Lead to Abortion

January 22, 1973 is one of the most devastating tragedies in our nation’s short history. On that hapless day the Supreme Court of the United States of America liberalized American abortion law by squashing the laws of the States and declaring abortion a legal right of women for virtually any reason and at any time. The court argued that such a right was a constitutive element of the so-called “right to privacy.” This impossible...

Baby-Boom or Birth-Dearth: Troubling Trends in the United States

In view of the many public efforts to increase access to contraception and sterilization, it is reasonable to suppose that we face a baby-boom crisis of epic proportions...