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February 05, 2009
Crime, Sin, and Politics
By Ronald J. Rychlak

On January 9, the Illinois House deliberated less than 90 minutes before voting 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The case then went to the state senate, where on January 29 he was convicted by a vote of 59-0. ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Illinois legislators may tolerate some corruption, but they will not stand for the incompetence of being caught red-handed. ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /


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January 22, 2009
The Difference Two Days Makes
By Steve Skojec

As ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Washington D.C. geared up (or in my case, hunkered down) in preparation for the unprecedented influx of people expected to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama today, a telling paradox came to light. ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Officials estimate at least 1.5 million people are in town for the historic swearing-in of our nation's first black...

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January 15, 2009
Staying Balanced on Israel and Gaza
By Mark P. Shea

Last week, startled by the vehemence some Catholics expressed against ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Israel on her blog in the wake of the attack on Gaza, Dawn Eden noted a vital point about magisterial guidance when it comes to thinking about Israel's right to exist: ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

As a Jewish convert to Catholicism who desires ardently that everyone, especially my loved ones, should...

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December 18, 2008
Why Conception?
By Michael Baruzzini

In response to Vice-President elect Joe Biden's erroneous public comments on the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion, USCCB Chairman Justin Cardinal Rigali released a statement asking:?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /


When does a new human life begin? When is there a new living organism of the human species, distinct from mother and father and ready to develop and mature if given a nurturing environment?


The answer, the cardinal concludes,...

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December 04, 2008
Life Issues in the New Administration
By Ronald J. Rychlak

\The election is over, and the changes are already beginning. For sincere Catholics, the most disappointing prospect is President-elect Barack Obama's complete embrace of the culture of death. He is dedicated not only to preserving the right to abortion, but actually to extending it. Unfortunately, he can make lots of changes quite quickly, and he almost certainly will do so.
Last year, Obama promised Planned Parenthood that his first act as president would be to sign a bill that he...

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November 20, 2008
A Prime Minister and Two Cardinals
By Rev. George W. Rutler

Ordinarily this column is devoted to people I have known. Our current national crisis is an excuse for me to mention three exceptions.

I cannot say I really knew Winston Churchill, but once my father took me to see him when he was visiting Bernard Baruch in Manhattan. He had no idea who I was but I remember his voice: "You are a good little boy." I took the detached protocol as an oracle. On November 10, 1942, after El Alamein, Churchill had said that the North African campaign was "not...

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November 13, 2008
A 'Culture First' Strategy

One of the great strengths of the Roman Republic was its courageous realism. When Hannibal defeated the Romans in the first great encounter between the two armies, a battle in northern Italy, the leaders of the city called the people together to give them the news, and the opening words of the announcement were these: "We have suffered a tremendous defeat." In their heyday, the Romans obviously did not believe in sugar-coating bad news.
Those of us in the pro-life movement need to imitate...

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Now that Barack Obama has been elected president of the ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /United States, one hopes he will be able to carry through on his campaign promise of bringing all kinds of Americans together -- red states and blue states, Republicans and Democrats, whites and blacks, liberals and conservatives, men and women, young and old. Heaven knows we Americans need bringing together.?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

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November 04, 2008
It Can Happen Here
By John Zmirak

Our choices matter. They hurtle before us into eternity, dragging us in their wake. And in this election, more than any in the ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /United States since 1860, they matter desperately. I wish they didn't. ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /


The single most damning objection raised by atheists is this: Why would a loving, omnipotent God permit sin, suffering, and the eternal...

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October 30, 2008
The Moral Case against High Taxation
By Kate Wicker

As a pro-life Catholic, I wouldn't vote for a politician with radical pro-choice views. And, for the most part, even those who disagree with me respect that position. But people begin to raise eyebrows when I say I believe that raising taxes on the wealthy to benefit the less well-off is wrong as well.?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /


How do I reconcile my obligation to promote social justice and embrace Jesus' teaching that "whatever you did for...

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