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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Abortifacient Brief: The Birth Control Pill”

November 11, 2014 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 a CD containing hundreds of patient information pamphlets showing that all of the most common methods of birth control are abortifacient in their actions, e-mail him at + + + The majority of women who want to inhibit their fertility now turn to the birth control pill. “The Pill” became widely used in the late 1960s and was hailed as a panacea, and it also helped fuel the “Sexual Revolution.” About 10.7 million American women now use this method of artificial birth control. Convenience-minded women in general either do not know or no longer care that all birth…Continue Reading

The Coming November Wars

November 10, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN As it stands today [October 29], Republicans will add seats in the House and recapture the Senate on November 4. However, the near-certainty is that those elections will be swiftly eclipsed by issues of war, peace, immigration, and race, all of which will be moved front and center this November. Consider. If repeated leaks from investigators to reporters covering the Ferguson story are true, there may be no indictment of officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown. Should that happen, militant voices are already threatening, “All hell will break loose.” Police in the city and 90-some municipalities in St. Louis County, as well as the state police, are preparing for major violence. After flying…Continue Reading

Transgenderism And All That Jazz

November 9, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “Jazz Jennings was born a boy, but started to show leanings toward a feminine side at only 15 months old. By age two, Jazz started to verbalize her feelings that ‘she was a girl,’ and by five she was one of the youngest people ever to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria — a persistent unease with the characteristics of one’s gender, accompanied by a strong identification with the opposite gender” (from Katie Couric, World 3.0 Yahoo News. Letting some journalistic hack like Katie Couric encourage, embolden, and enable this kind of behavior in families does a great disservice not only to young people like Jazz Jennings, but also to the weak fathers and mothers who will give…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Learning From St. Therese’s Spiritual Childhood

November 8, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Trusting God With St. Therese, by Connie Rossini (Four Waters Press: 2014); 249 pages; $14.55 print, $4.12 e-book. Visit Trusting God With St. Therese comprises 13 chapters and various appendices on the life and teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux, and how these can be applied in our lives so as to deepen our trust in God. It moves from a general focus on why it is important to trust God — including topics such as his universal Fatherhood — to give advice on how to deal with negative emotions, fears, and spiritual darkness. It then looks at the idea of self-acceptance and how we really can live a life of hope and trust in…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The Abdication And The Proper Use Of Executive Power: A Profile Of State Governors

November 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

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. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers, 2012], and most recently an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013]. This column originally appeared in + + + I have written in this column about how in these times when our traditional liberties and even such natural…Continue Reading

A Lesson From Isis

November 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK The world is being given an important lesson from ISIS’s confrontation with the “world community.” We are learning that there is no such thing as the world community, especially its peacekeeping organization, the United Nations. If there were ever a situation that cried out for the United Nations to act it would be this. Yet eyes would roll if anyone suggested we should look to the UN to deal with ISIS — followed by horselaughs. Everyone knows the UN is irrelevant to this crisis. One might protest that the UN’s hands are tied because permanent members of the Security Council, most likely Russia and China, would use their veto power to block any proposed UN military…Continue Reading

Honoring Mumia Abu-Jamal

November 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It is not unusual for young people of college age to get caught up in eccentric fads and enthusiasms. Some are relatively harmless, like wearing Mao jackets and spending hours trying to discover the words “Paul is dead” by playing Beatles’ records backwards. Others can cause lasting damage. The women who joined the Manson family and the naive kids whose experiments with drugs led to addiction and overdoses come to mind. One can only hope the college radicals who have made a cult hero out of Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook in Philadelphia in 1954) over the last 20 years will be among those who suffer no permanent harm. Let’s hope they come to their senses…Continue Reading

Do Not Be Deceived By Empty Arguments

November 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH (Editor’s Note: Fr. Marvin Deutsch, a Maryknoll priest, is a retired missionary who spent many years in Tanzania.) + + + “Be imitators of God as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among the holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. “Let no one…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Conception Conundrum”

November 3, 2014 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 2 of The Facts of Life, “Abortifacients,” e-mail him at + + + There is much confusion and disagreement today about when human life actually begins. The official and public face of the medical profession insists that life begins at implantation — yet every embryology and fetology textbook in use today states that it begins at the instant of fusion between sperm and egg. For example, Essentials of Embryology says: “The zygote, formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.” And Langman’s Medical…Continue Reading

Terrorism & “The True Believer”

November 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in The True Believer, “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a chance to acquire new elements of pride, confidence, hope, a sense of purpose, and worth by an identification with a holy cause.” Such a man was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a criminal with a decade-long record of drug-dealing, assault and robbery, who shot and killed a guard at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and then burst into Parliament and shot two others before being cut down. A psychiatric evaluation…Continue Reading