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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Strange World Of Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review”

August 20, 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 900 of the best quotes from The Birth Control Review, organized by topic, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + Introduction About 25 years ago, I bought a complete set of Margaret Sanger’s journal The Birth Control Review and ambitiously set out to read every one of its 5,631 pages. The strange experience left me just a little uncertain about what is real and what is not. Sanger’s world has that effect on a person, because it is so completely different from the one we are accustomed to. Sanger associated with racists and anti-Semites, people…Continue Reading

Christians In The Mideast… Experience A Modern Calvary

August 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN J. METZLER PARIS — The headlines seem from another era, if not century: that of Christian persecution by militant Islamists in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear ambivalent about what’s emerged as an organized attempt by the militant Islamic State to impose a caliphate both on Christians as well as more secular Muslims. And yes, remind yourself this is the 21st century! Three forces have opposed this modern-day persecution: the Catholic Church as one would expect, the United Nations, crucial in a political sense, and French public opinion. Pope Francis said, “To find the martyrs, it’s not necessary to go to the catacombs or the Colosseum. The martyrs live in a…Continue Reading

America’s Question: Cut Or Crash?

August 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY On the last day of July, with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives serving as copilot, President Barack Obama flew the United States past a dubious fiscal landmark on our way toward what increasingly looks like a crash landing. That day, the federal debt hit $17,687,136,723,410.59 — an increase of roughly $7 trillion since Obama took office on January 20, 2009. That $17,687,136,723,410.59 in debt works out to approximately $171,575 for each of the 103,087,000 full-time year-round workers the Census Bureau says were in the United States as of 2012. And that counts the 16,606,000 full-time year-round workers who took their paychecks from the government — rather than working for themselves or for private organizations. The $7,060,259,674,497.51…Continue Reading

A Book Review… The Loss Of Non-Negotiable Truths

August 17, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture, by Sheila Liaugminas (Ignatius Press, San Francisco: 2014), 158 pp., $17.95. Available through www.ignatius.com. To make sense of the moral chaos, divisive political issues, and culture wars precipitated by the sexual revolution of the 1960s, it is essential to begin at the beginning and examine the first premises of moral truths and political philosophies. If one is lost in a labyrinth, it makes no sense to continue forward into the maze but to return to the entrance. As C.S. Lewis comments in the preface to The Great Divorce, “A wrong sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working…Continue Reading

Jesus And Jeremiah Speak To Our Times

August 16, 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. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + In his homily on the readings for a recent Mass (Jer. 2:1ff and Matt. 13:10-17), our priest noted that much in our culture today parallels the things against which both Jeremiah and Jesus spoke. That struck a resonant chord, for I have long wondered if the current attacks on the Church are analogous to the…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Needed: A New Kind Of Politics For An Age Of Cultural Meltdown

August 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

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. He is the author of several books including The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic [Transaction Publishers: 2012], and most recently published an edited volume entitled Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System [Scarecrow Press: 2013]. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + As we head into another election season, we’ll see…Continue Reading

Censorship On The Sly

August 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It seems as if Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh get a phone call once a week from a student somewhere around the country with a story about how his or her teacher promotes liberal causes in the classroom — everything from the discussions they initiate to the books they assign to the way they grade students’ research papers that take a conservative position. There are many indications that parents have learned how to complain effectively to school administrators and school boards about the more egregious cases of bias. Unfortunately, parents with conservative and traditional views about politics and morality will have to be alert for a new form of left-wing activism in our schools. Bill Donohue…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Should Aborting Women Be Jailed?”

August 13, 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 this article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + The greatest propaganda weapon anti-life activists use is the victim status. Pro-abortionists are especially accomplished at employing this tactic. Before Roe v. Wade, they tugged on people’s heartstrings by claiming that 5,000 to 10,000 suffering women died of complications due to illegal abortions, a number that its inventor, reformed abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, later admitted was a bald-faced lie. Now that the pro-life movement has been making relentless progress over the past four decades, pro-abortionists are alleging that millions of helpless, desperate women will…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . An Eloquent “Millennial” Voice Pleading For Sound Leadership

August 12, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN Let Me Be Clear: Obama’s War on Millennials, and One Woman’s Case for Hope. By Katie Kieffer (Crown Publishing Group: Random House LLC, New York, 2014, 338 pp.) $24. Available through crownpublishing.com. This is a lively, spirited book infused with strong convictions, clear thinking, a cornucopia of facts and evidence, and a passionate heart. Political commentator and public speaker Katie Kieffer speaks on behalf of her “Millennial Generation” born between the 1970s and the early 2000s that represents 30 percent of the voting population, a bloc that regrettably endorsed Barack Obama’s agenda and entrusted their future to the promises in his presidential campaigns. Disillusioned and betrayed, Kieffer contrasts the words and actions, appearance and reality, promises and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Mueller Clarifies . . . Marriage’s Indissolubility Is A Dogma

August 11, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In a book-length interview, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller has underscored that the indissolubility of the marriage is no mere doctrine, but a dogma of the Church, and stressed the need to recover the sacramental understanding of marriage and family. Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, granted the interview in June to the Spanish journalist Carlos Granados, director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos in Madrid. The book is titled The Hope of the Family, and will be released in English, Italian, and Spanish. It will be published in the near future by Ignatius Press (ignatius.com). In the book, Cardinal Mueller corrects misunderstandings about the Church’s teaching on…Continue Reading