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UN + Catholic = Un-Catholic

Yesterday, First Things published this report on Argentine bishop and Vatican official Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo’s response to criticism about giving two well-known abortion proponents, United Nations senior advisor Jeffery Sachs and United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, a platform at a Vatican Conference on Climate Change. While I am sympathetic with the view of one of the comments below the article that we must be willing to listen to people with views different from our own, it is troubling that: High-profile population control advocates whose positions are clearly and consistently contrary to, and often critical of, the Church’s would be

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Rand Paul’s Prolife Gibberish

Last night I caught an interview on satellite radio of newly-announced presidential candidate Rand Paul by Sean Hannity, and I was able to find a replay on television a bit later.  Paul was responding to a favorable Hannity on the topic of abortion: Hannity:  You say you’re 100% prolife, and you actually proposed the Life At Conception Act… do you make any exceptions for abortion? Paul:  I think that there’s something special about life.  I believe in God.  I think it’s not just we can say that’s oh it’s just another life, we can just throw it away.  I think there’s some

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An Unfortunate Anniversary

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade.  Today, hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington D.C. and pass by the White House and Supreme Court building.  Today, this annual event will once again be ignored by virtually all popular media and be viewed as an annoyance by the multitude of residents in the Capitol. In 1973,by a 7-2 margin, the Supreme Court overturned State restrictions on abortion, although allowing for implied restrictions during the latter part of pregnancy, loosely linked to the terms “woman’s health” and “fetal viability.” In subsequent years, even

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Christian Unity vs. Tyrannical Man

“We talk as if we had to explain suffering away, to defend God in relation to it; whereas our real task is to see the meaning of it and to use it.” Frank Sheed Our society has developed a great aversion to suffering.  We say the words, but have lost the understanding that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness, and that “in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church” (Col 1:24-25).  Only a small percent of the human race believes this truth – even among

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 2

So what do I believe is happening to black America?  In order of causality and importance:   FAMILY LIFE I am inclined to think that the systematic dismantling of the black family in America is the single most important factor in the relative stagnation of aggregate black living standards.  This is certainly not an original thesis, but there is merit in learning the underlying data in order to defend the position. According to CDC, the out-of-wedlock birth rates in 1964 for white and black children were 7 % and 25 %, respectively; currently those rates are 29 % and 72 %,

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 1

On the heels of the spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri I’ve tried reconciling my feelings about what’s really going on there and across the nation in regard to race relations.  Despite the undeniable improvement in opportunity for minorities in the U.S. in the last 50 years, I continue to strongly suspect a Faustian bargain of sorts in this so-called “progress.” My own experience tells me things have changed in these last several decades, and probably why I am driven to better understand what is happening in our nation, to the black demographic.  I grew up in a nearly all-black community and was the

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Lux et Veritas?
No ‘Social Justice’ for
Pro-Lifers, Unborn

Over the past two decades I have spent considerable time on a wide variety of college campuses. In that time, I have seen firsthand a steady march away from authentic free inquiry and open debate — away from any concept of Truth in favor of an earthy Progress. So I was more disappointed that surprised to see that students at one of our country’s “great” universities had deemed the campus’s pro-life group unworthy of full membership to the university’s social justice and community service non-profit: Yale Pro-Life Group Rejected by ‘Social Justice’ League. Perhaps I should be encouraged by the

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Seeing Is Believing

I recall an incident, about 15 years ago, when I went to pray at one of the local abortion clinics. I arrived a little before 8 am on Saturday morning – before most of the normal prayer group. This gave me an opportunity to talk with the two side walk counselors who were standing at the edge of a parking lot, near a side entrance. The fact that they had not joined the prayer group at the front entrance was a signal that an abortionist was inside ready to kill babies. They mentioned that he had shown up at about 7:30

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The Birds and the Bees– and the Zygotes

The more science reveals about the universe to us, the more our Catholic faith is verified. No one in the junto, indeed no faithful Catholic, will learn anything new about the immorality of abortion from this post.  However, I would like to challenge us to reject even our own inclinations to regard some abortions as worse than others.  Without this, I fear our ability to save millions of human lives is diminished.  Most of us are moved more deeply by what is more tangible, and it might not be surprising that our stomachs turn at the thought of the surgical-suction procedure applied

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Electoral Martyrdom and the End of an Era in ‘Bachmann Country’

Earlier today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced she will not seek a fifth term representing Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. Her nearly nine-minute video announcement cuts to the chase early — four terms is long enough — but then she goes on to insist that the current investigations have nothing to do with her decision and to assure her constituents that she would’ve won her fifth term and that she will keep “working 100-hour weeks” on their behalf. From my perspective, it’s a classic Bachmann message, ripe with references to the Constitution, innocent life, traditional marriage, and family values; vocal in

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