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“What Is Historical Church Teaching On Contraception?”

March 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

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 chapter 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + Part 1 “Contraception cannot be an expression of total self-giving, because in contraception, something is done to oneself to destroy the power to conceive a child. That same selfishness that wants to prevent the child by contraception will grow until it wants to kill the child already conceived. We must fight selfishness with a true, generous, and sacrificing love” — Mother Teresa of Calcutta. + + + There is a surprising amount of controversy swirling around the Catholic Church’s teachings…Continue Reading

Transforming The St. Patrick’s Day Parades

March 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON St. Patrick’s Day, which is a holy day of obligation for Catholics in Ireland, has been corrupted in America by homosexual activists who flaunt their opposition to Catholic doctrine. Celebratory parades have been co-opted for dissident political purposes. Since the seventh century, St. Patrick has been revered as the patron saint of Ireland. His feast day was officially placed on the universal liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church in the early 1600s, thus liturgically commemorating the saint and his role in converting Ireland to Christianity. In America, his feast day was celebrated even before this country became a separate nation. The Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized the first observance of St. Patrick’s Day in the…Continue Reading

How Far Can One Sink?

March 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “With [Premier] Wynne’s sex education curriculum, we have at last splashed down in a miasmal sewer in which it’s hard to sink any further.” So writes Harley Price, who has taught philosophy at a number of prestigious universities. Many, including outraged parents and indignant members of the medical establishment, agree with him. Among the misguided, on the other hand, Kathleen Wynne’s new sex education curriculum is seen as “comprehensive.” The omission of love, marriage, and other essentially positive features of human sexuality have, in truth, made it exceedingly narrow. It is akin to an allegedly comprehensive study of the alphabet which concludes with the letter C. With regard to masturbation, for example, children are taught: “It is…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . A Spiritually Sound Approach To Depression

March 27, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Catholic Guide to Depression, by Aaron Kheriaty, MD, with Fr. John Cihak (Sophia Institute Press, 228 pages). Visit www.sophiainstitute.com or call 1-800-888-9344 for more information or for ordering. + + + This book has a lengthy introduction, and is then divided into two parts. The first is entitled “Understanding Depression,” and comprises four chapters covering the types of depression and their causes, how it affects the spiritual life, related disorders, and how it relates to suicide. The second part, entitled “Overcoming Depression,” deals with ways of treating depression, including medication and psychotherapy, with two final chapters looking at spiritual help for depression, and an overview on our status as sons and daughters of God, and…Continue Reading

What If Hillary Doesn’t Care?

March 26, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if Hillary Clinton’s emails were hacked by foreign agents when she was the secretary of state? What if persons claiming to have done so are boasting about their alleged feats on Internet websites and in chat rooms traditionally associated with illegal or undercover activities? What if this is the sore underbelly of an arrogant and lawless secretary of state who used her power to exempt herself from laws that govern executive branch employees and didn’t care about national security? What if the law required Clinton to swear under oath on her first day as secretary of state that she would comply with all laws governing the use of federal records? What if the principal governing…Continue Reading

In Defense Of Economic Freedom

March 25, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG I believe in complete economic freedom. An extreme position, it will be said, and one not only against Catholic social teaching, but also against common sense. It implies, surely, that I have a heartless disregard for the vulnerable, or at least a naive trust in capitalism — the unrestrained capitalism that Pope Francis, in harmony with his Predecessors, has condemned. Let us approach the question by asking why it is said that freedom of market forces has to be restrained. The fundamental argument is that without such restraint the weak will suffer while the powerful will become ever more powerful. Ruthless monopolies will dominate the market, forcing smaller firms out of business, and will then raise their…Continue Reading

Some Thoughts About Catholic Care Homes . . . The Old, Weak, And Suffering Are In The Forefront Of Our Spiritual Battle

March 24, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER (Editor’s Note: Philip Trower, The Wanderer’s longtime correspondent from the United Kingdom, recently moved into a care home. The home’s superior, Sr. Hannah, asked him to write about why he chose to move into Nazareth House. Below is his letter to her.) + + + Dear Sr. Hannah, As I understand it, you wanted to know my reasons for wishing to move into Nazareth House seeing that, although 91, I am still reasonably agile. Your question is understandable. No one wants to go into a care-home sooner than they have to. That is the normal state of things. But for a Catholic, when it is a Catholic care home where there is a chapel with Mass and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “What Does The Church Teach About Sterilization?”

March 23, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995.) + + + Some people refer to sexual sterilization as “Catholic birth control.” This erroneous term, and the misguided assertions of a number of well-known dissenters, has led to significant confusion regarding the Catholic Church’s teaching on sterilization. Because it separates the marital act from the transmission of human life, sterilization is condemned on the same grounds as other methods of contraception. More generally, sterilization is a form of mutilation of the body and is thus illicit. The Church has judged sterilization to be a serious sin ever since it began to become popular nearly a century ago. Pope Pius…Continue Reading

Will The GOP Kick It Away?

March 22, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN With Hillary Clinton scrambling to explain her missing emails, much of America is wailing, “Please don’t make us watch this movie again!” Why, then, would the Republican Party, with a chance to sweep it all in 2016, want to return us to the nightmare days of George W., which caused America to rise up and throw the party out in 2006 and 2008? Do Republicans really believe that America wants a return to the Cold War with Moscow and new and larger hot wars in the Middle East? With President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry seemingly about to conclude a deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime…Continue Reading

Another Surgery, Decisions Ahead

March 21, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By PAUL LIKOUDIS Many thank to readers who have inquired on how my cancer treatments are going, and my general state of health. It has been a very difficult past eight or nine months since my July surgery and the beginning of the heavy-duty chemo treatments. The chemo left me basically bed-bound, and there were complications that lasted from Thanksgiving all the way through the Christmas season, culminating in more surgery in early March. After a period of healing, I will face the choice of continuing with chemo treatments. If I refuse the chemo treatment, I may have a few months or even a year or two of relative strength without the chemo side-effects. If I continue treatment, I can…Continue Reading