August 18, 2015
Should Catholic nuns be forced to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans?
By Stephanie Barclay
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...
August 04, 2015
The devil is in the details for the militant Michael Voris
By Johan P. Martel
“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...
July 23, 2015
Bad science: holes in the study claiming 'most' women don't regret their abortion
By Julia Sadusky
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...
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...
June 26, 2015
What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage
By Jennifer Manning
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...
June 16, 2015
From hunger to climate change: Transform words into action, says Pope Francis
By José Graziano da Silva
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...
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...
May 15, 2015
A meeting in Managua – liberation theology 30 years later
By Alejandro Bermúdez
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...
April 16, 2015
It's what you value
By Scott Dunn
About ten years ago my wife purchased for me a box set of some of former Beatle George Harrison’s more obscure albums. Having listened to them countless times since, one line from a lesser known song stays in my mind as a good description of the world we live in. The lyric “It’s all up to what you value” often rings in my head, as neighbors, work colleagues, even family members see the world so very different from those who have faith in Christ and his Church. What a devoted Catholic...
March 18, 2015
Restored grave of early New Haven pastor recalls the pioneer urban Irish Catholics of Connecticut
By Charles Mercier
A new gravestone in front of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut now reminds passersby that the pastor who completed the monumental building in 1874, Rev. Patrick A. Murphy, has for more than 130 years been buried there all along. Murphy came from the early generations of urban Irish Catholics in Connecticut whose hard work built the faith in a sometimes hostile environment and was himself an important formative influence on Venerable Servant of God Michael J. McGivney, who...