Archive for the ‘Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady, O.P.’ Category

Pro-Life Heroes: The Heart of Blessed Margaret of Castello

Mike Wallace once asked Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood; “Do you believe in sin — When I say believe I don’t mean believe in committing sin do you believe there is such a thing as a sin?” She responded: “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world–that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human...

Fundamental Differences: NFP vs. Contraception

Many people have trouble distinguishing between natural family planning (NFP) and contraception. Catholic moral teaching has always been clear on the subject, but this clarity eludes many Catholics. Since both involve not having children, they seem as if they were exactly the same act for many people. This is also true of many health care providers.

The essential evil of contraception and good of natural family planning becomes clearer if one...

The Freedom of the Family

There are a number of philosophical theories about the origin of human society. There are two extreme positions.

One is the Social Contract theory dear to Hobbes and Rousseau which maintains that in the beginning there was no society. Man was totally free. Because of evil, human beings banded together to form social contracts which like a plank to a shipwrecked man saves people from the evil tendencies of others. Society...

Body Ownership Issues?

Two Belgian twins were recently euthanized together in December 2012. They were deaf and only learned recently that they would soon be blind. Since they could not see and hear each other, they chose to commit suicide. Euthanasia is permissible under Belgian law if “the patient is in a medically futile condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated, resulting from a serious...

Politics for All Seasons

In one of the scenes from the film, A Man for All Seasons, Cardinal Wolsey seeks to elicit Thomas More’s help in obtaining a divorce...

Formal and Material Cooperation

The moral universe in which people are plunged today can be very complicated. Though most Catholics know that they cannot do evil...