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Culture Of Life 101… “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

September 16, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life on euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “We’ve got a duty to die and get out of the way with all of our machines and artificial hearts and everything else like that and let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life” — former Colorado Gov. Richard D. Lamm. + + + Euthanasia: How It Will Be. Leaders of the pro-euthanasia movement pretended to care for the suffering as they began their media propaganda campaign. However, as their cause advanced, their emphasis gradually morphed…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Muzzling Lawyers: The Next Assault On Free Speech?

September 15, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Muzzling Lawyers: The Next Assault On Free Speech?

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly] in Crisis. 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, and two recent edited volumes: The Crisis of Religious Liberty and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. He recently finished the writing of a book that critically examines and evaluates current American liberalism and conservatism in light of Catholic social teaching. (This article first appeared in…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah… Poverty Vs. Destitution

September 14, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Sarah… Poverty Vs. Destitution

By PHILIP TROWER I’m sure that at some time or other you have enjoyed the experience of hearing an idea you are attached to confirmed by some highly qualified public figure. It isn’t a matter of intellectual vanity. It’s more a matter of relief. “Thank goodness, I didn’t get it wrong after all.” In my case the most recent experience had to do with an idea which now seems to be widespread among Catholics and Christians generally. Followers of our Lord, it is said, are by definition committed to abolishing world poverty. Leaving aside the question as to whether this is possible, it should be the final goal of the pursuit of justice and peace and world history generally. But…Continue Reading

Eight Is Enough

September 13, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Eight Is Enough

By REY FLORES No, I am not writing about the 1970s television show nor am I writing about the number of children Catholic families should have. I am writing about eight years being enough of a president who has done exactly what he promised — to fundamentally change the United States of America. For this 2016 election, let’s not blow it again. It’s been a torturous eight years, waking up every morning knowing that Barack Obama was occupying the White House, armed with his pen and phone, surrounded by an equally corrupt gang of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. In the fall of 2008, I was working as a new and used car salesman in Oak Lawn, Ill. My co-workers, managers,…Continue Reading

Trump & The Hillarycons

September 12, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Trump & The Hillarycons

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, Ill., mother of six, wrote and published a slim volume entitled A Choice Not an Echo. Backing the candidacy of Sen. Barry Goldwater, the book was a polemic against the stranglehold the eastern liberal establishment had held on the Republican nomination for decades. A Choice sold 3 million copies. Schlafly went on to lead the campaign to derail the Equal Rights Amendment, which, with 35 states having ratified, was just three states short of being added to our Constitution. Pro-ERA forces never added another state. Phyllis, who, at 20 was testing weapons at a munitions plant in World War II, shot it dead. At 92, the founder of Eagle Forum…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . God Orders All Things For The Good

September 11, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review . . . God Orders All Things For The Good

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN From Grief to Grace: The Journey From Tragedy to Triumph, by Jeannie Ewing (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH: 2016), pp. 207. Available from www.SophiaInstitute.com or 1-800-888-9344. This moving, inspiring book relates the suffering of loving parents to the wisdom of the Catholic faith that offers great consolation in the midst of profound sorrow. As a mother who gave birth to a daughter with disabilities of fused fingers and a deformed face — a rare condition known as Apert Syndrome that required many surgeries and demanding care — Mrs. Ewing felt overwhelmed with grief at the plight of her child’s incurable condition. She struggled to make sense of this great tribulation that came as a shock. She did…Continue Reading

The Happiest Day In Mother Teresa’s Life

September 10, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on The Happiest Day In Mother Teresa’s Life

By MARY REZAC VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Saints Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Calcutta in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of my life.” When he arrived, Mother Teresa climbed up into the white…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

September 9, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Goals And Strategies Of The Pro-Euthanasia Movement”

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 chapter 23 of The Facts of Life on euthanasia, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “We start off with dispatching the terminally ill and the hopelessly comatose, and then perhaps our guidelines might be extended to the severely senile, the very old and decrepit and maybe even young, profoundly retarded children” — Dr. Mark Siegler, University of Chicago, quoted in Time magazine, March 31, 1986. + + + After a decades-long program of agitation and activism, euthanasia in the form of physician-assisted suicide has finally been legalized, either in various regions or…Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton, The Feminine Genius, And Women In Public Life

September 8, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Hillary Clinton, The Feminine Genius, And Women In Public Life

By JULIA HARRELL (Editor’s Note: Julia Harrell holds a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University.) + + + To great jubilance at the possibility of the first female president of the United States, delegates at the Democratic National Convention confirmed Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee. Some conservatives, and especially religious conservatives, are dismissive of advocacy for women in leadership roles, viewing it as unnecessary at best and destructive to traditional social structures and gender roles at worst. However, not all religious leaders share this view. Pope John Paul II was an enthusiastic champion of women and the expansion of their participation in public life. He devoted much of his academic writing and pastoral initiatives to celebrating women and…Continue Reading

Lessons From Europe

September 7, 2016 Featured Today Comments Off on Lessons From Europe

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained steadfast with respect to the welcoming immigration policy she has set for Germany in spite of criticism. Its implications for the rest of Europe have not gone unnoticed, especially in France. Admitting over 800,000 migrants from the Middle East and Africa this year alone seems to be the result of her personal initiative rather than agreed-upon state policy. It will create friction with German neighbors in the borderless EU. The Merkel immigration bias may be the product of her own emotional reaction to the flood of refugees out of Syria, but it also tells you something about her confidants and staff, the culture that surrounds her at the chancellery. For,…Continue Reading