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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “What is Transgenderism?”

October 7, 2015 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 all of the previous Culture of Life 101 articles on homosexuality, e-mail him at + + + While those fortunate few who still possess a lingering sense of reality cringed at the bizarre photo of Bruce Jenner and the subtitle “Call Me Caitlyn” on the cover of Vanity Fair earlier this year, the press swooned over him and President Barack Obama phoned him personally to offer his congratulations for being so “courageous.” Apparently undergoing body modification surgery qualifies one as a “hero” these days. Definitions. Just as homophiles have deliberately attempted to confuse the terms “sex” and “gender”…Continue Reading

Liberty Counsel Says . . . Pope’s Words And Meetings Support Conscientious Objection

October 6, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Liberty Counsel issued the following statement on October 2: Mat Staver, county clerk Kim Davis’ attorney, is the chairman of Liberty Counsel: + + + Despite a statement this morning by a Vatican official, the Pope’s own words about conscientious objection being a human right and his private meeting with Kim Davis indicate support for the universal right of conscientious objection, even for government officials. The meeting with Kim Davis was initiated by the Vatican, and the private meeting occurred at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24. This meeting was a private meeting without any other members of the public present. Today a Vatican spokesman, [Fr.] Federico Lombardi, said the Pope’s meeting with…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Ideal Artist

October 5, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY Santayana, George. The Life of Reason: Reason in Art. A critical edition, co-edited by M.S. Wokeck and M.A. Coleman. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2015. lvi + 276 pp. The Life of Reason is Volume VII, Book Four, of the Collected Works of George Santayana. Professor James Gouinlock of Emory University provides an insightful introduction to this volume. Santayana may be a master of the English language, but he is demanding of the reader, given the vast learning and experience he draws upon and his often poetic and somewhat oblique way of expressing his judgments. “Arts,” he tells us early on, “are instincts bred and reared in the open, creative habits acquired in the light of…Continue Reading

Why Isn’t Kim Davis A Hero To The Left?

October 4, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have been waiting for weeks now for the keepers of the flame in the liberal establishment to express some begrudging admiration for Kim Davis’ decision to go to jail, rather than violate her conscience by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky. Or at least some ambiguity over what happened to her. Did I really think that the liberals in the media and government would do that? Upon further consideration, I guess not. Selective indignation is the left’s stock in trade. But I was intrigued by the blatant double-standard. For my whole life, it has been the left that has championed civil disobedience, whether in the case of Socrates, Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther…Continue Reading

What’s In A Motto?

October 3, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Pope St. John Paul II’s 1998 encyclical Fides et Ratio is a thorough and thoughtful discussion of the harmony between “faith” and “reason.” It does not break new ground but reaffirms to a modern audience what St. Thomas Aquinas and more recent thinkers such as Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson have carefully explicated. The encyclical is timely inasmuch as the erroneous belief is widely held, especially in universities, that faith and reason, belief and science, knowledge and religion are and should be kept apart from each other. In January 2008, the faculty at La Sapienza University in Rome canceled an address that Pope Benedict XVI was slated to give because as one professor, speaking for many, put…Continue Reading

Non-Catholic Communities As “Means Of Salvation”

October 2, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. BRIAN W. HARRISON, OS Many dissident traditionalists claim that Vatican Council II’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio (UR) is irreconcilable with traditional Catholic doctrine. The passage most commonly singled out in support of this claim is the affirmation in article 3 of the Decree that “the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using [non-Catholic communities] as means of salvation.” Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his followers in the Society of St. Pius X, for instance, have for decades denounced this conciliar teaching as heterodox. While SSPX writers acknowledge that non-Catholics can sometimes be saved in their separated communities, they insist that, according to Catholic orthodoxy, no one can ever be saved through, by or because of those communities, as is entailed in…Continue Reading

The Future Is More Of The Past

October 1, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO “The outlook on the future is by no means free from anxiety; on the contrary, there are many serious reasons for alarm, on account of numerous and longstanding causes of evil, of both a public and a private nature.” What do we make of this sentence? There is an unmistakable contemporary ring to it. It speaks to anxiety in the future, impending alarm, and the presence of evil on both personal and social levels. These are, indeed, concerns that haunt the present climate. Yet, it is the opening sentence of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical letter, On Jesus Christ Our Redeemer (Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus), issued on November 1, 1900. The fundamental problems we face are not all that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 .… “The Homosexual Intimidation Tactic”

September 30, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For a guide on how to organize a pro-family group, e-mail him at + + + From the homosexual activist’s point of view, simple censorship is even better than retaliation because it makes certain that the pro-family message never sees the light of day in the first place. Once again, this is a hallmark of all repressive regimes or movements, which are deathly afraid that their message will not stand up to public scrutiny. Repression of speech by homophiles is becoming more and more common: The Boyd County, Ky., school district instituted mandatory “diversity training” for all of…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . The Complementarity Of Man And Woman In The Spiritual Life

September 29, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES MONTI In the Book of Genesis, we read, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him’” (Gen. 2:18). These words herald God’s creation of Eve from the side of Adam. From the very beginning God intended that man and woman should cooperate with each other, should complement each other, in accomplishing His designs. Of course the supreme manifestation of that cooperation and complementarity between man and woman is the Sacrament of Marriage by which man and woman cooperate with God in the very act of creation itself, bringing new human life into existence as the fruit of their union and their love. But…Continue Reading

At California Debate… Fiorina Proves Timorous Consultants Wrong About Facing Abortion Issue

September 28, 2015 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN If Carly Fiorina ends up as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2016, being the first woman to shatter that particular glass ceiling, it’d be a major achievement for the California business executive, but perhaps not her biggest one. That achievement might have occurred on September 16, at the second GOP presidential hopefuls’ debate, at the Air Force One Pavilion at California’s Reagan Presidential Library, when Fiorina defied many political consultants’ caution. She made a full-throated attack against Planned Parenthood’s viciousness and in defense of innocent preborn babies. Various GOP contenders have made firm pro-life declarations through the years, but this was at a crucial moment in a vital forum, when aspiring presidential neophyte Fiorina had everything…Continue Reading