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A New Birth Control Commission?

May 26, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A New Birth Control Commission?

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: At this point, reports about a possible new birth control commission are unconfirmed. This commentary first appeared on http://nfpandmore.org/wordpress/.) + + + The week of May 13th started wonderfully with widespread efforts to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Fatima. The work week was quickly dimmed, however, by reports that Pope Francis is thinking about convening a special commission to examine Humanae Vitae. But then it occurred to me that a well-balanced commission could serve the Church and world very well. Let’s hear the arguments for marital contraception and/or contraception-in-general. Are there any arguments whose logic does not amount to a full scale abandonment of the basic principles of Christian morality…Continue Reading

Wanda Poltawska… The Stubborn Insistence On Being Human

May 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Wanda Poltawska… The Stubborn Insistence On Being Human

By DONALD DeMARCO The city was Toledo, Ohio. The year was 1990. The venue was the dining room in a private home. The audience consisted of several pro-life people, including myself. The speaker was Wanda Poltawska who was relating a series of events in her life that we were most privileged to hear. In 1962, doctors, after diagnosing Poltawska as having throat cancer, planned to subject her to a desperate medical procedure. The auxiliary bishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla, a close friend of Wanda, and being vitally concerned about her condition, dispatched a letter to Padre Pio, requesting his intervention: “Venerable Father, I ask that you pray for a forty-year-old mother of four girls, in Krakow, Poland (who during the…Continue Reading

A Movie Review… “Outcasts” And True Social Justice

May 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Movie Review… “Outcasts” And True Social Justice

By REY FLORES “A bold example of social justice in action” — Follow the cameras of Grassroots Films, the Award-Winning producers of The Human Experience and Child 31, on an unexpected journey across the globe. Travel to the prisons of Central America, walk the dark city streets of London, New York, and Ireland’s most treacherous neighborhoods. Step beyond your comfort zone and into the lives of our modern-day outcasts. + + + I realize that the term social justice is anathema for some of us Catholics. It conjures up visions of leftist agitators worshipping at the low altar of Saul Alinsky and of inner-city parishes soiled by socialist community organizations and their misled organizers. I have been a defender of…Continue Reading

Kentucky Printer Can Refuse LGBT Message

May 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Kentucky Printer Can Refuse LGBT Message

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling on May 14 affirmed a printer who objected to promoting a message for Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) which conflicted with his sincerely held religious beliefs. Hands On Originals’ managing owner, Blaine Adamson, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, refused to print T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival because he disagreed with the shirt’s message of “pride in being gay.” Although he declined to print the shirts, he offered to refer the GLSO to another printer who would have made the shirts. Unsatisfied, the GLSO filed a complaint with the commission — despite eventually receiving the shirts for free from another printer. In 2014, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human…Continue Reading

No Help For Minor Children… Gender Confusion Prevails In The Courts

May 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on No Help For Minor Children… Gender Confusion Prevails In The Courts

By DEACON MIKE MANNO (Editor’s Note: Deacon Mike Manno, an attorney, is director of deacons for the Diocese of Des Moines and host of Iowa Catholic Radio’s Faith On Trial program [www.iowacatholicradio.com]. He can be reached at deaconmike@iowacatholicradio.com.) + + + This month the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision upholding a controversial California statute banning licensed mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), more popularly known as reparative or conversion therapy, with minors. And it comes on the heels of two Democratic senators, Patty Murray of Washington and Cory Booker of New Jersey, reintroducing a bill to ban such therapy nationwide. A little background. SOCE, or conversion therapy,…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Conservatism, Economics, Social Welfare, And Catholic Social Teaching

May 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Conservatism, Economics, Social Welfare, And Catholic Social Teaching

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly, sometimes bimonthly. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. His authored books have included Liberalism, Conservatism, and Catholicism; Preserving a Good Political Order and a Democratic Republic; and The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic. His book Catholicism and American Political Ideologies is forthcoming this fall from Hamilton Books. (This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + The popular view —…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Pragmatism Revisited

May 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . Pragmatism Revisited

By JUDE DOUGHERTY Putnam, Hilary, and Ruth Anna Putnam. Pragmatism as a Way of Life: The Lasting Legacy of William James and John Dewey. Edited by David Macarthur. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017. xi + 475 pp. Cloth, $49.95. This book consists of twenty-seven essays, thirteen by Ruth Anna Putnam, eleven by Hilary Putman, and three jointly written. Fully a third of the volume is devoted to the thought of William James, yet the focus is primarily on the pragmatic naturalism of John Dewey. Early on in the volume, it is made clear that “pragmatism” is a generic term. There is a difference in the meaning of the term as used by Charles Sanders Peirce, by William James, and…Continue Reading

Can The U.S. Fix Afghanistan?

May 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Can The U.S. Fix Afghanistan?

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Three days after the 9/11 attacks both houses of Congress voted correctly — and without objectors — to authorize the president to use force against those who perpetrated the attacks and those who aided them. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been living in Afghanistan, where the radical Islamist Taliban regime gave him sanctuary. The U.S. sought to end that regime, capture or kill bin Laden and other al-Qaeda terrorists, and prevent Afghan territory from being used to harbor and train terrorists who could attack the United States in the future. But President George W. Bush…Continue Reading

GKC… The Man Who Was Not A Child Of His Age

May 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on GKC… The Man Who Was Not A Child Of His Age

By DONALD DeMARCO Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a child in many ways. He was a child of the universe, a child of nature, a child of wonder, and a child of God. But he was most certainly never a child of his age. An age is always narrow and one-sided. It has the infelicity of obstructing the timeless wonders of creation. “Every stone or flower is a hieroglyphic,” he wrote, “of which we have lost the key.” He was a man possessed with a vision that was enlarged by his faith. “The Catholic Church,” he remarked, “is the only thing that saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.” One of Chesterton’s editors…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… Conclusion Of The Series

May 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… Conclusion Of The Series

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the entire Culture of Life series, with table of contents and footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org. (We anticipate that Brian Clowes will return to our pages in the near future with a new series, this one aimed at the practical aspects of the pro-life movement. We thank him for his stellar contributions to The Wanderer and to the pro-life cause.) + + + This concludes the five-year Culture of Life 101 series, which consists of 267 articles on abortion, birth control, population control, homosexuality, dissent, euthanasia, assisted reproduction, and eugenics. I would like to sincerely…Continue Reading