Archive for the ‘Fr. C. J. McCloskey’ Category

Labor and the Human Person

Find the developing series on issues to consider this election season here.

When considering economic principles and the faith, it is important to take a step back from the political debates today and truly understand how it is the Lord wants us to understand human labor. When we grasp that the dignity of the working person and the place of the family is primary, we can then discern with more confidence...

The Significance of China’s New Two Child Policy

China’s recent decision to expand the “allowance” of children per family from one to two has in some quarters been mistaken for a softening of the regime toward human rights, in this case the right of families to have children. However, tender pro-family feelings have nothing to do with this action taken by the nation’s rulers.

Let’s be clear about this: the Chinese government still operates on totalitarian principles, meaning it is a...

Create in Me a Clean Heart

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently issued a letter addressing the plague of pornography. Entitled “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography,” it has been a long time coming. This is an important document that should be read by every family and discussed in all Catholic schools and universities.

The Bishops Conference makes it quite clear that pornography is an offense against chastity and human dignity and...

Streamlined Annulment Process: A Sign of Compassion

Do not be afraid: Regardless of what you have heard or read, the Catholic Church has not by any means changed its teaching regarding the permanent nature of marriage. That is something that is dogma and therefore unalterable for the Church that Christ founded and whose head He divinely preserves from officially teaching error. What we have here in Pope Francis’ recent revision of the annulment process may not be easy to understand,...

Decline in Morality Leads to Lack of Respect for Life

As any serious Christian knows, human life is a treasure given to us by God Himself. Scripture and the teachings of the Church instruct us that we are all children of God, made in his image and likeness. Christians also realize that God has a place waiting for us in heaven, as long...

A Pro-Life Year of Mercy

Recently, Pope Francis announced an upcoming Year of Mercy that will begin on December 8, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council (and of course the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, which holds special significance for us in the U.S., who enjoy the patronage of the Immaculate Conception) and conclude on November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

What is mercy? One dictionary defines it...

The Chance to Live a Life

You may wonder why laws promoting ultrasounds before abortion don’t have the impact that abortion opponents expected.

It is true that many people whose opinions about abortion have changed cite sonograms as critical to their confronting the reality of the unborn, and many pregnancy counseling centers find sonograms useful in this regard. However, even now, large numbers of pregnant women and their partners duck the implications of those prenatal images if the pregnancy...

Called to Vote, to Participate in Political Life

The Church tells us “by reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will.” The laity participates in them in a special way so as to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated so that they may always be affected according to Christ and may be to the glory...