Posts Tagged ‘Blessed Pope John Paul II’

Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today: Part II of II

Blessed Pope John Paul II saw the outline of our new “new world” more than 30 years ago. And following his lead, the Church has been calling Catholics to the work of a “new evangelization” ever since. But there’s a natural human tendency to attach magic powers to slogans, which then replace serious thought and effort – as if saying the slogan, or talking about it, actually makes mission work...

Religious Freedom Under Threat at Home

On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life.

How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally...

On the Dignity of Human Life

“It is not only that in generalized opinion these attacks tend no longer to be considered as “crimes”, paradoxically they assume the nature of “rights”, to the point that the State is called upon to give them legal recognition and to make them available through the free services of health care personnel. Such attacks strike human life at the time of its greatest frailty, when it lacks any means of self-defence. Even...

Celebrating the Gospel of Life

In connection with the year of Faith, thousands of Catholics will celebrate the legacy of Blessed John Paul II and The Gospel of Life June 15-16 in Rome. The faithful from around the world will gather with the Holy Father in order to “witness to the sacred value of all life and to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who tend to those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying...

Hope for the Gospel of Life in America

The Holy See is celebrating Blessed John Paul’s landmark encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) June 15-16. Issued in 1995 and dated March 25 to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation, The Gospel of Life is considered by many to be the best of an impressive set of 16 encyclical letters from his papacy, and perhaps his most heartfelt.

It makes sense—does it not?—when we consider his own life experiences in...

Are We Really Working for a Culture of Life?

Blessed Pope John Paul II, in his Evangelium vitae, urges us to be on the side of the Culture of Life. We know that pride can blind. The Pharisees, no doubt, believed they were on the right side of the Lord, but they were victims of self-deception. Abortion and euthanasia advocates assert that they have taken the higher moral ground because they are motivated by compassion, mercy, courage, and love.

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The French Spring: the March for Marriage in Paris

On May 26, about a million people attended a March in Paris to protest the newly promulgated “loi Taubira” in France, allowing “gay marriage.” The last time so many people took to the streets in France was during the famous sexual revolution of May 1968.

Free love, free access to abortion, drugs, and complete license had been the demands of that generation so willing to feed its own desires at the cost of a...

Euthanasia Supporters Must Learn True Meaning of ‘Dignity’ and ‘Compassion’

When the nation of Belgium formally abolished the death penalty in 1996, it hadn’t executed anyone in peacetime for more than one hundred years. The Belgian government passed the abolition law because, it said, the “death penalty is a serious assault on human dignity.”

The Belgian government was right—unnecessary execution is an assault on human dignity, and an erosion of our humanity. All unjust killing is. This is why, when a...