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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Birth Control Pill As Therapy”

December 1, 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 21 of The Facts of Life, “Contraception,” or any patient information pamphlet for birth control pills, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + The moral doctrine of the Church judges human behavior, but is silent on chemical compounds. Most people do not know that it is permissible for Catholic women to use the birth control pill under carefully defined conditions when the intent is not to impair their fertility. Sometimes a young woman will take the Pill for non-contraceptive purposes, such as clearing up severe cases of acne or reducing hirsutism (excess body hair…Continue Reading

A Follow-Up… Proclaiming And Explaining the Faith

November 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILIP TROWER Earlier this year, The Wanderer published an article I wrote explaining the distinction the Magisterium is now making between the way the faith is or should initially be “proclaimed” to arouse belief and assent in people who have never heard of it before, and then is subsequently explained when the new believers start to ask questions — the two processes going under the names of kerygma and didache. The idea that such a distinction would be a useful contribution to the new evangelization arose in certain circles at the time of Vatican II and was later taken up by Popes Paul VI and St. John Paul II. An important text is Pope Paul’s Evangelii Nuntiandi. It was…Continue Reading

Spoiling The Case Against Evolution

November 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG The scientific evidence against macroevolution is so strong that evolutionists won’t face it impartially. Only some form of theistic evolution, with God-given laws guiding the process, is even possible, whereas materialistic evolution is totally impossible. According to the materialistic view the world as existing today arose from primitive elements by a process of natural selection, with no guiding intelligence. But that is to posit an effect without any proportionate cause, because science (and ordinary observation) shows a marvelous order throughout nature, from the most elementary elements to the most complex living things. Order demands an orderer as its explanation. The fossil record, supposedly a proof of evolution, is actually a compelling argument against it, for it illustrates…Continue Reading

EWTN Brings Soldiers Of Christ To The Screen

November 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES When I was given the opportunity to review this terrific new program produced by the StoryTel Foundation for EWTN, I knew right away that I would be writing a favorable piece because of my personal experiences with this wonderful order of holy priests. According to some of the promotional materials on the program, liner notes tell us: “In a culture flooded with relativism, secularism, and consumerism, Miles Christi — translated ‘Soldier of Christ’ — fights to restore a Christ-centered life one soul at a time.” This couldn’t be closer to the truth. I attended a Miles Christi silent Ignatian retreat back in 2010 and it was one of the most spiritually edifying experiences I have ever had.…Continue Reading

Laws Of Association And Their Contravention

November 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Contra Thomas Hobbes and his fictional state of nature, it is the family that is nature’s first form of association, for only within the family can human life survive. It is within the context of the family that the infant is nourished and for years provided with his basic needs, food, shelter, and education. By virtue of kinship, families are united with others and bond to form a village. When I was a child, I lived in a small village in southern Indiana where it seemed that through my mother I was related to nearly everyone in town — well, maybe half the town, because the town was divided into Catholic and Protestant. In addition to…Continue Reading

Are City Folks Less Christian?

November 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Are the people who live in America’s cities less Christ-like than those who live in small towns and rural areas? Michael Rossmann, a Jesuit scholastic (a member of the order, not yet ordained a priest), does not say that, not in so many words. But he comes close. Rossmann is now studying at the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College, after teaching at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In his column in the September 1-8 issue of America, he writes of the lack of human interaction he finds on the streets of the urban area where he now lives. Rossmann observes that “during the course of many long walks in a…Continue Reading

Giving Thanks

November 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO The word “thanks” is etymologically rooted in the word “thought.” With this in mind, G.K. Chesterton could say: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Chesterton had a genius for expressing expansive ideas in a concise way. Many of his phrases belong to the province of compressed wisdom. In life, we either take things for granted or we offer thanks. The factor that causes us to stop in our tracks when we think about something extraordinary is wonder. That very wonder that prompts us to think also confers upon us a certain happiness. It is indeed wonderful to be alive! To be filled with wonder…Continue Reading

Changing Their Tune

November 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PHILLIP DEAN (Editor’s Note: Music has always been especially important to Phillip Dean. Gifted as a singer and musician, the high school sophomore leads a Wednesday night youth band at his Rock Hill, S.C., church. And, though he completes his academic coursework online from home, he played for the last four years in the band of nearby York Preparatory Academy, a public charter school. Like many in the band, he was looking forward last Christmas to playing the holiday concert, which was scheduled to feature, for the first time in memory, a medley of carols with religious themes. (The Alliance Defending Freedom posted this commentary, which appeared in ADF’s Faith & Justice, volume VII, issue 3. All rights reserved.)…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Birth Control Pill: Unintended Consequences”

November 23, 2014 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 a CD containing hundreds of patient information pamphlets showing that the most common methods of birth control are abortifacient in their actions, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + We have seen that the birth control pill is so ineffective that it fails hundreds of thousands of times annually in the United States, leading to hundreds of thousands of surgical abortions. We have also covered some of the more serious physical side effects inflicted upon women by the Pill, including more than 30,000 deaths and tens of thousands seriously injured since its introduction. The indirect impacts of…Continue Reading

The Synod And The New Evangelization

November 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach and cofounder of NFP International. This commentary appeared on his blog [johnkippley.com] of November 10 and is reprinted with permission.) + + + I think it is certain that the Synod on the Family will address preparation for marriage and will probably do this in the context of Humanae Vitae. What is not at all certain is how the synod fathers will do this. Considering what came out of the first synod meeting of October 5-19, it would…Continue Reading