Storks’ Fertility Illuminates Irony of Camino’s Abandoned Villages

Following the ancient pilgrimage “Camino” to Santiago de Compostela, I was amazed at the number of storks, a traditional symbol of fertility. In fact, a common scene was storks nesting on the church towers in village after village. The flourishing storks contrast greatly with the evident decay — and sometimes total abandonment — of these human . . . Read more

The British Supreme Court Blundered in Scottish Midwives Case

It had the makings of a great and inspirational movie until the final scene. Two fearless Scottish midwives take on the government bureaucracy of the National Health Service and the powerful hospital that employs them on a matter of the highest principle. Our heroes, the perfectly-named Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood, scrape together the funds . . . Read more

50,000 Attend March for Life in Rome Co-Organized by HLI

It is a wonderful feeling to see a new pro-life initiative grow and thrive. On May 4 the fourth annual Italian March for Life processed 50,000 strong through the center of Rome, flags and banners for life waving strongly. Human Life International — as one of the initial and main co-organizers of the March — . . . Read more

View from the Canonization of John Paul II

Newly proclaimed Saint John Paul II was an inspiration for pro-lifers worldwide, for this one in particular. Pope Francis called John Paul the “Pope of the family,” and he was that in a very broad sense, which included a strong defense of marriage and the right to life of everyone from conception to natural death. . . . Read more

Roe v. Wade’s Bitter International Fruits

The 40 year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision Roe v. Wade brings us to a biblical number fraught with symbolic importance. Psalm 95 laments: “Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and I said, ‘It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my . . . Read more

A Meaningless “Catholic Identity” in Belgian Healthcare

America’s proponents of socialized health care often point to Europe as having the ideal system – one in which Church institutions and governments have been able to collaborate in providing high-quality, universal health care. But a look behind the curtain of apparent harmony tells a much different story: the great collaboration often tends to be . . . Read more

Hungary’s Pro-Life Campaign “Incompatible With EU Values”

Members of the European Parliament are asking Hungary to cease a pro-life ad campaign which was at least partially financed with EU funds that were for “anti-discrimination” campaigns. “Using EU money from the Progress programme or any other EU source to promote an anti-abortion campaign is an abuse and is incompatible with EU values,” French . . . Read more