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September 23, 2015

Time to Rescue the Rule of Law from a Judicial Aristocracy

By Mat Staver and Keith Fournier

The framers of the Constitution of the United States were not fond of unjust monarchs or aristocracies which showed no regard for the people. They fled the abuse of power in the hands of an unjust monarch and formulated a system of governance to protect against the concentration of power in the hands of a privileged few. We have a prohibition against titles of nobility embodied in the U.S. Constitution for good reason. It attests to the seriousness with which they approached...

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September 06, 2015

Pope Francis shines a light on mercy

By Jennifer Manning

Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary Jubilee Year—typically, Jubilees are held every 25 years (the most recent was in 2000) but Pope Francis called this one a bit early and for good reason—what the world needs now is mercy, sweet mercy. Pope Francis has made headlines for declaring that during this Jubilee year (which begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8), all priests will be granted the necessary faculties to absolve women who have had abortions. ...

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Should Catholic nuns be forced to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans?  The government thinks so and has spent the better part of the past two years trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to do just that. For over 175 years, the Little Sisters, an international congregation of Roman Catholic religious women, has served the nation’s elderly poor with love and dignity. The order operates group nursing homes dedicated to the physical, emotional, and spiritual...

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“Church Militant” – a producer of online videos – has people scratching their heads this month. Again. The self-proclaimed defender of Catholic Orthodoxy has – in the space of a few days – attacked a seminary for promoting modesty, and married couples for using NFP. For the well-informed, it’s probably prompting chuckles too, because, as it turns out, the positions the group is advocating seem to be in conflict with those of popes, saints and Church fathers. First, the modesty...

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In the midst of the recent postings of controversial videos discussing the use of fetal remains for medical research, I cannot get away from thinking about abortion. To me, this is a relief. I never want to be able to shake the reality of abortion from my thoughts and prayers. Ever read something that made you question the validity of your beliefs? For the pro-life person, reading “Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study”, by...

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July 17, 2015

Francis in South America...or the Pope that wasn't

By Alejandro Bermúdez

The coverage that most media outlets gave to the recent trip of Pope Francis to South America seems to beg the question: Can the real Francis please stand up? Let me explain: the Pope delivered a total of 24 speeches and homilies during his eight day trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Six of them – three addressed to political authorities and another three to representatives of civil society – dealt with political or economic issues. One in particular, the one delivered to the...

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If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to...

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Transforming words into action to end hunger and malnutrition and to promote sustainable development was the central message of the traditional address by His Holiness Pope Francis to the nearly 200 delegations that attended the FAO Conference last week. This includes actions by all of us: citizens, governments and international organizations. This call comes at an important moment. 2015 is the year in which we conclude our Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitments and embark...

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June 10, 2015

The Marriage Crisis and the Eucharist

By Cardinal Ennio Antonelli

The theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World,” suggests that the next General Assembly of the Synod (4 to 25 October 2015) intends above all to propose positively the beauty and effectiveness of the Christian family as evangelizers. For my part, I firmly believe that the main pastoral urgency today is the formation of exemplary Christian families, which are able to give concrete witness to the fact that Christian marriage is beautiful and possible to...

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The earthquake that devastated the city of Managua in 1972 changed the capital of Nicaragua forever. Many areas were so utterly destroyed, that they were abandoned for good. Even today, more than 40 years later, it still looks like a post-apocalyptic city, with the old colonial cathedral and entire neighborhoods abandoned and overgrown. Managua was therefore a surprisingly small city when the Sandinistas took control in 1979 to start their liberation theology utopia in Latin America. The...

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