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Reconnecting With Mary . . . Devotion To The Sacred Heart: The Role Of The Popes

June 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL FOLEY Part 3 The final article in this series will look at the role of recent Popes in promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart, and it is particularly appropriate to look at this topic now, as June is traditionally seen as the month of the Sacred Heart. In his encyclical on reparation to the Sacred Heart, Miserentissimus Redemptor, published in 1928, Pope Pius XI said: “There is surely no reason for doubting, Venerable Brethren, that from this devotion piously established and commanded to the whole Church, many excellent benefits will flow forth, not only to individual men, but also to society, sacred, civil, and domestic, seeing that our Redeemer Himself promised to Margaret Mary that ‘all those who…Continue Reading

The Scientific Case Against Homosexual “Marriage”

June 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 3 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a footnoted copy of this four-part article, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Last week, we debunked three myths that those promoting homosexual “marriage” frequently use: “My gay marriage will not affect your heterosexual marriage,” “Straight marriage is in horrible shape, so why not gay marriage?,” and “Gay marriages are just as good for children as straight marriages are.” Myth #4: No Slippery Slope. The fourth myth surrounding the homosexual “marriage” debate is that it will not lead to a “slippery slope,” ultimately terminating with the demise of marriage altogether. When homophiles cannot answer an argument,…Continue Reading

Controlling College Costs

June 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Is there any hope that college costs can be controlled in the foreseeable future? If the past few decades are any indication, the answer would seem to be no. We have seen tuition and related expenses going from a point where many students paid their own way through college with their summer jobs and part-time work, to the current state of affairs, where most students leave college with expensive student loans to repay. Many observers point to those loans as the cause of the problem. Colleges have encouraged students to take out these loans, and then used the money to build lavish dorms, student centers, gymnasiums, and recreational centers, thereby driving up the cost of going…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Are The Mainline Media Really Biased On Abortion?”

June 4, 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 document containing hundreds of examples of bias by the mainstream media, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + “The statesman is an easy man,/ he tells his lies by rote;/ The journalist makes up his lies/ and takes you by the throat” — William Butler Yeats, The Old Stone Cross. My wife Kathy and I remember our pro-life activism in the Democratic People’s Republic of Oregon. It didn’t take us long to become attuned to grossly unjust treatment at the hands of the local media. We saw our first taste of it when we went to vote during…Continue Reading

Pro-Lifer In UK Explains . . . Sex-Selection Abortion Is Wrong, But “Mental Health” Abortion Abounds

June 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Although initial news reports said the British government would affirm the law there against sex-selection abortions, Europe’s largest pro-life organization issued a statement in late May saying this apparent restriction required explanation. The major British daily The Telegraph posted on May 22 that the government was “expected to say that doctors who carry out abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby and pre-sign abortion forms [without evaluating the patient] are breaking the law.” The story quoted Conservative Party Member of Parliament David Burrowes: “It is a very helpful clarification from the government. As a matter of principle and practice, gender selection is thoroughly outlawed by this government, as well as pre-signing….For too long, professionals and…Continue Reading

Lest We Forget… Solidarity In Dissent: Fr. Curran And His Allies

June 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Since the 1968 rejection of Humanae Vitae by Catholic University of America professor Charles E. Curran and hundreds of other academics in Catholic colleges, universities, and seminaries, the theological disorientation that had taken place in American moral theology was starkly revealed. Widespread dissent and disobedience came to characterize the life of the Church in the United States with devastating effects. It has become a commonplace observation — and one, moreover, trumpeted in the secular media — that millions of Catholics no longer believe in Catholic dogmatic and moral teachings but still call themselves Catholics. Catholics faithful to the Magisterium remain scandalized by what they view as the phenomenon of dissent become chronic and entrenched in the U.S.…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Making “Gay” More Than Okay

June 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Making Gay Okay — How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything by Robert R. Reilly, Ignatius Press, San Francisco. Retail price: $22.95; 250 pages. When I was a child growing up in the 1970s, the first time I ever learned about homosexuals was through the ABC sitcom series Soap. Actor Billy Crystal played the character named Jody, who at every possible opportunity would like to surprise people by letting them know he was “gay.” It was always presented in a silly, humorous, and nonthreatening way. How could one not like Jody? Another sitcom where homosexuality was toyed around with was the sexy primetime jiggle fest known as Three’s Company. ABC’s hit sitcom revolved around three 20-somethings who…Continue Reading

Bogus Catholicism Makes For Bogus Politics

May 31, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Have you heard of the liberal atheist who was so liberal that he believed in God? Personally, I have not, though I have come across many Catholics who are so “liberal” that they have become entrenched anti-Catholics. One outstanding example of this strange inversion is would-be prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. In defense of his own brand of Catholicism, Trudeau the Younger claims that he received it from a most reliable source: his father. “I had an extraordinary example in a father who had deeply, deeply held personal views that were informed by the fact that he went to church every Sunday, read the Bible regularly to us, and raised us very, very religious, very Catholic,”…Continue Reading

British Authors . . . Discuss Their New Book On John Paul’s Spiritual Legacy

May 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Two women writers in England recently published a book called St. John Paul — The Spiritual Life of a Saint, published by Gracewing, Leominster, England. The authors, Clare Anderson and Joanna Bogle, described the book in an interview with ZENIT News Agency. All rights reserved.) +    +    + Q. How did this project come about? Bogle: We’ve worked together a bit over the years: I edited a small Catholic magazine for which Clare was a regular contributor and so on. And we’d meet for occasional chatty lunches, catching up on news. The book idea grew out of a couple of conversations about John Paul and about the message that he had for us all. Q. Was it a…Continue Reading

Canon Law Colleges

May 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I am not sure if “canon law colleges” is an official, or even a commonly used, term for Catholic colleges that publicly comply with the Church’s higher-education requirements, specifically canon 812 (the so-called mandatum) and canon 833 (the Oath of Fidelity), directing Catholic colleges to be “faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.” I came across it for the first time in a column by Tom Hoopes in a recent edition of the National Catholic Register. Perhaps it is just a shorthand expression that Hoopes uses to describe these colleges. In any event, Hoopes used the term in making the point that it is worth the expense to attend these schools, even though that may…Continue Reading