The Contraception-Abortion Connection

The Tentacles of the Contraceptive Mentality Any good medical doctor knows that while it is often necessary to treat or control the symptoms of a disease, without treating its cause the patient will often be much worse off in the long run. HLI’s founder, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, ardently believed that, looked at one way, . . . Read more

Losing Our Religion

God, Country, Family Americans’ priorities are undergoing a seismic shift, and I’m worried about what it means for the future of the pro-life and family movement. A new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal has found that Americans views about the importance of religion, children, and patriotism have drastically changed since 1998, when a . . . Read more

The Changing Abortion Landscape

Planned Parenthood is having a terrible few weeks. It began with the news that on the same day that the movie Unplanned was released on DVD, it shot up to become the #1 selling DVD on Amazon. Apparently, sales haven’t slowed down much since. Over a week later, Unplanned is still sitting right next to . . . Read more

Be Relevant, Be Counter-Cultural

Sign of Hope If you listened to certain Catholic thinkers and apologists, you’d think that the most urgent task facing the Church is to figure out ways to become more “relevant.” Especially when it comes to the youth. We need more “youth masses” with rock bands and hip, joke-cracking priests; more retreats and conferences filled . . . Read more

What’s at Stake in the Purge at the John Paul II Institute

Essence of Battle is Ideological In the past few weeks, a long-brewing skirmish over the identity and mission of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome erupted into open warfare. Things boiled over after the new administration of the Institute abruptly terminated two long-standing and key chairs of . . . Read more

Living in a Post-Christian World?

“A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”   — G.K. Chesterton Responding to the Tsunami’s Attempt to Push Us Upstream  Until relatively recently, Christians in the U.S. lived in a more-or-less Christianized culture and were accustomed to governments that subscribed to an ethical code that could generally be . . . Read more

Planned Parenthood’s Firing of Leana Wen

“Anything Less Than Full Enthusiasm for and Celebration of Abortion is Unacceptable” After only eight months on the job, Planned Parenthood’s short-lived president, Dr. Leana Wen, has been ousted. Immediately after her firing, Dr. Wen herself took to Twitter to criticize the organization, pointing out that they abruptly terminated her after a “secret meeting,” even . . . Read more

The LGBT Doctrine of Intolerance

Normalizing LGBT Ideology A depressingly true image has been making the rounds on social media. I can’t seem to find the original right now. But if I recall correctly, the text on the image goes something like this: “2009: How will legalizing gay marriage personally affect you? 2019: Celebrate this 11-year-old drag queen, or you’re . . . Read more

The Blessings of ‘Ordinary’ Children

Sign of Hope  “In its most profound reality, love is essentially a gift; and conjugal love, while leading the spouses to the reciprocal “knowledge” which makes them “one flesh,” does not end with the couple, because it makes them capable of the greatest possible gift, the gift by which they become cooperators with God for . . . Read more