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Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: Girls Scouts Of America”

July 23, 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.) +    +    + We’ve all had little girls in uniform appear on our porches selling Girl Scout cookies (with watchful mothers standing nearby). Just about everyone loves Girl Scout cookies. In fact, one of our neighbors back in Oregon had a sign on his door saying, “No Soliciting — unless you have Thin Mints.” My wife Kathy enjoyed her years as a Girl Scout in the 1960s, and still tells great stories about her experiences. Unfortunately, about the time my wife left the Girl Scouts of America,…Continue Reading

Chilling

July 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO “Chilling” is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them. Classic examples of “chilling” occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at antiwar rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape-record protesters. When an umbrella group of protesters sued the government, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling that the protesters lacked standing — meaning, because they could not show that they were actually harmed, they could not invoke the federal courts for redress. Yet, they were harmed, and the government knew it.…Continue Reading

Do They Think We’re Stupid?. . . It’s Worse Than That

July 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It has become routine to hear conservative talk radio hosts, such as Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, as well as many commentators on Fox News, react to public comments by the Obama administration and its supporters with an exasperated, “Do they think we’re stupid?” I have in mind Obama supporters’ contentions that the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby case was acting “like Iranian mullahs” (Hillary Clinton said that) and seeking to “deny women the freedom to control their bodies”; the constant repetition of the claim that Republicans in Congress have become “tools of the Tea Party”; the protestation that there is “not a smidgen of evidence” (in the president’s words) that anything illegal took…Continue Reading

Facing The Truth About Abortion

July 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “America will not reject abortion, until America sees abortion” — Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life. +    +    + One thing I have often said about abortion is that you cannot sugarcoat it no matter how hard you try. It is a monstrous and criminal act against the most defenseless of human beings. All one needs to do is to take a look at the instruments of destruction that are used by abortionists to imagine the kind of damage they can inflict on a tiny human person. Sometimes, however, the imagination isn’t enough and we must put the ugly reality in people’s faces for them to realize just how horrible abortion is. In forensic science and criminology,…Continue Reading

Following Proper Requirements

July 19, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN It was the beginning of July, and new waves of unauthorized immigration were in the news. For his Fourth of July homily, a priest at a large Southwestern U.S. church soft-spokenly noted the Catholic Church’s foundational moral stands and its view of politics. The Church favors limited government, he said, but there’s no exact definition of that size. It’s subject to being worked out. Some people think it’s about here, he said, holding his hands about six inches apart. Some think it’s here, holding his hands about two feet apart. He certainly didn’t say the Church favors big government. He said the Church is in favor of subsidiarity. Local control is desired rather than top-down command. The…Continue Reading

Libreria Editrice Vaticana . . . Presents Volume On Knights Of Columbus Founder

July 18, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ALBERTO CAROSA VATICAN CITY — A book about the founder of the world’s largest Catholic fraternity, the Knights of Columbus, has been published in Italian by Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV), and was presented June 25 at the Augustinian Patristic Institute, just across St. Peter’s Square in Rome. It is entitled Il Parroco: Padre Michael McGivney e il Cattolicesimo Americano (The Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism). The original English version is available at the Knights of Columbus online bookstore: See www.kofc.org. The book is the result of research of two historians, Douglas Brinkley and Julie M. Fenster, and tells the story of Fr. Michael McGivney. A priest of Connecticut who lived in the 19th century (1852-1890), McGivney…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . Political Turmoil And The Wrong Notion Of Who And What Is God

July 17, 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.) +    +    + The great political philosophy scholar Leo Strauss was supposed…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Can A Pro-Lifer Be A Feminist?”

July 16, 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 two-part article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) Part 2 The evidence that the “new wave” of feminism, or neo-feminism, has destroyed the happiness of the women who have embraced it is not just anecdotal. Study after study has shown that the hookup culture is particularly damaging to young women. In general, the likelihood of depression rises steadily as the number of sexual partners increases and the possibility of an enduring relationship decreases. Using the best available surveys, economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that women in the 1970s “reported higher subjective well-being…Continue Reading

The Dogma Is The Drama

July 15, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO Our son had lost his wallet on a bicycle excursion a few hundred miles from home and presumed it would be lost forever. Happily, an honest gentleman discovered it and noted the home address and other particulars of its owner. He phoned us and, since, by matter of good fortune, he would be in our neck of the woods in the near future, offered to drop it off to us. My wife and I were, therefore, most eager to receive, thank, and entertain him on behalf of our itinerant son. At a certain point in an otherwise agreeable evening conversation, the subject of religion came up. “If the Church would only get rid of its dogma,” said…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan . . . Slams Anti-Catholic New York Times Ad

July 14, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — A New York Times ad criticizing Catholic Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom case is part of a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S., Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York has said. “In keeping with a long, shadowy, legacy of antipathy, justices who happen to be Catholics…are branded and bullied by a group who only succeed in providing the latest example of a prejudice that has haunted us for centuries,” Cardinal Dolan said in his July 3 column for Catholic New York. The cardinal facetiously thanked the Freedom from Religion Foundation for giving him “yet another handout” for his talks on anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S. The…Continue Reading