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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Contraceptive Brief: Are Condoms Effective?” (Continued)

February 17, 2015 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 an electronic copy of the book The Case Against Condoms, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + There is not a lot of debate about the best way to stop or stem the AIDS epidemic, but there certainly should be. The “family planners” have based their entire modus operandi on a flawed premise — that people are basically animals that cannot control themselves. Tragically, this assumption has led to millions of deaths. Clinical studies are essential, but there is nothing like real-world experience to settle a scientific debate. There are several such scenarios in the developing world…Continue Reading

Death Is Coming To Canada

February 16, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The Supreme Court of Canada, on February 6, 2015, by a 9-0 ruling, struck down the ban on physician-assisted suicide. The ruling gives Parliament a year to draft new legislation that recognizes the right of clearly consenting adults who are enduring intolerable pain, either physical or mental, to request medical help to end their lives. The decision is decidedly controversial and sets into focus, once again, the debate between advocates of the sanctity of life and those who stand by a quality of life ethic. The nine judges may not reflect the mind of the majority of Canadian citizens. They do reflect, however, a mood that has been gaining strength in the country for some time. It…Continue Reading

A Modern Fable

February 15, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Everything was just fine in Happy Valley. People worked hard, cooperated with each other, and lived by the Good Book. Plenty of food was available and there was enough work for everyone. And then, without any sign of expectation, it happened. A mother, who had grown impatient with her son’s carelessness around the house, called him “lazy.” The father concurred. The word was fully justified for the son left his dirty clothes on the floor, rarely made his bed, and was often late for meals. But the word stung the boy and he reacted in a surprising way. “I am offended,” said the boy. “I am not lazy. I just have more important things to do.” The…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Perpetuating Ineffective Anti-Poverty Programs

February 14, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off
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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 two edited volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press, 2013] and The Crisis of Religious Liberty [Rowman & Littlefield, 2014]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) + + + The Obama presidency has been distinguished for…Continue Reading

As Churchgoers Wane . . . Germany’s Controversial Tax Prompts Unease

February 13, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAN BENTZ ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax — and whether it’s time for the country’s bishops to address concerns around it. “We are in a time when more and more people realize that the financial apparatus Church works well, that the facade is optimal but what is behind it? Where is the true faith?” asked Martin Lohmann, Catholic publicist, author, and spokesman for the advocacy group Christian Action in Germany. “While we have a decreasing of Church membership,” he told Catholic News Agency on February 9, “on the other side we have a raising of Church tax.” When Germans register as Catholic, Protestant,…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Contraceptive Brief: Condoms “

February 12, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book The Case Against Condoms, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “Family planning” experts use several false comparisons to promote the use of condoms, some of which are widely accepted among the public. However, they all have a fatal flaw — they intentionally omit the safest choice. The most popular such argument is the “parachutes and prophylactics” parallel. The condom pushers say that, if your child was in an aircraft that was going to crash, wouldn’t want him or her to have a parachute with them? Of course everyone answers “yes”…Continue Reading

As Alien Criminals Run Free . . . Some GOP Leaders Warm To Obama’s Open-Borders AG Nominee

February 11, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — As two illegal aliens allegedly murdered three men in separate incidents in Arizona and Texas in late January, some U.S. Republican senators were pleased with U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, a Democrat who pledged support for Barack Obama’s dangerous open-borders policies. Both of the alleged murderers were known to be in this country illegally but reportedly were awaiting action on their cases while they roamed freely under the laxity of the Obama administration. Open-borders proponents such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) strongly support Obama’s perilous policies, which the president is trying to reinforce by getting Lynch confirmed by the Senate as attorney general. As political observers have learned, Obama wants to…Continue Reading

Reconnecting With Mary . . . Our Lady And The New Evangelization

February 10, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Part 2 The previous article looked at aspects of the growth of Marian devotion in the Church up to the Middle Ages, and now we will look at how the rosary developed though the work of St. Dominic — and how big an impact this had in overthrowing the Albigensian heresy, which, if it had prevailed, would have destroyed medieval society. The first definite evidence for the promotion of what corresponds to the modern rosary is found in the second half of the 14th century, in the work of Blessed Alan de la Roche and his fellow Dominicans; traditionally though, this devotion goes back to the time of St. Dominic himself or even earlier. According to…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . “Old Fashioned” Movie Soars Above Any Shades Of Grey

February 9, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES Movies can be such a terrific escape from the everyday routine; they can be something we learn from, or they can sometimes be a complete waste of our time. Some are even harmful to our souls. This St. Valentine’s Day weekend two movies are being released, targeting the date movie audience. One film offers us chivalry and chastity, while the other wants to assault us with a pseudo-porn spread of bondage and sadomasochism, designed for mainstream audiences. One film offers an escape and some valuable lessons about romance, while the other movie spews out more sordid sewage from the bowels of Hollywood. Old Fashioned is exactly what today’s men and women need to arm them against the…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . These Christian Realtors Show Us The True Cost

February 8, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “God’s amazing grace and tender mercy saved us when we were young boys. And for the last thirty-nine years He’s built our testimony for Him — with lots of ups and downs. And during those rough times….God was right there all along, forging a ‘whatever the cost’ attitude in our hearts” — David and Jason Benham. Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully is the new book written by David and Jason Benham, real estate entrepreneurs and public speakers who have truly lived up to the title of their book. Most of you may know about the Benhams from when HGTV canceled their reality TV show, Flip It Forward, last year…Continue Reading