Parental Rights Under Attack

Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them; hence they must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children… Parents have the right to educate their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions… Parents have the right to freely . . . Read more

The Gospel, Doctrine and Pastoral Care

“There is no contradiction between the Gospel, doctrine and the pastoral care of God’s people.” Over the last few weeks I have addressed some very sensitive topics in my weekly column, which many found challenging. I have received numerous emails questioning what some call a “harsh” and insensitive position concerning “sinners.” In particular, last week’s . . . Read more

Defending the Truth about Marriage and Family

Ever since St. John Paul II created the World Meeting of Families in 1994, the tri-annual event has served as a powerful celebration of the Catholic Church’s teachings on the nature and value of the family. That’s why I was so distressed to hear about the confusing information included in the newly-released parish program for . . . Read more

Contraception Leads to More Abortions

While we need a variety of pro-life groups hacking away at the anti-life monster, it is enormously futile and indeed grossly shortsighted to overlook the chief source of baby-killing, which is contraception. –– Father Paul Marx, OSB I’ve written before about the link between contraception and abortion: that is, statistically contraception use actually increases, rather . . . Read more

The Danger of the “Seamless Garment” Mentality

Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear. –– St. Catherine of Siena The resurgence of the dangerous “seamless garment” mentality should cause us grave concern. In its most pernicious form, this philosophy holds that grave intrinsic evils like contraception, abortion and euthanasia and social problems like poverty, immigration, health care and the . . . Read more

The Message of Fatima, the Family, and the Crisis of Modesty

Exactly 100 years ago, the sun danced. Nowadays you might read people like atheist Richard Dawkins dismissing the miracle in Fatima as a “mass hysteria.” Far more likely, however, you won’t hear about it at all. Or if you do, the media will be sure to give you only half the story. And yet, the . . . Read more

The Late-Term Abortion Ban

Pro-abortion writer Robin Marty is distressed that both liberal and conservative media sources are routinely using the phrase “late-term abortion.” Writing in Cosmopolitan Magazine this week, in response to the U.S. House vote to ban most abortions after 20 weeks, she laments that, “There is no specific medical definition for a ‘late-term abortion,’ and because . . . Read more

Fatima and the ‘Final Battle’ over Marriage

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra – who died just a few weeks ago – revealed in 2008 that shortly after Pope John Paul II charged him with founding the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family he had written to Fatima visionary, Sr. Lucia, asking for her prayers. To his surprise, a few days . . . Read more

How the Church Must Respond to the Overpopulation Myth

“The human person is man’s greatest resource.” There are two very important up-coming Vatican meetings we should pay close attention to: the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV), October 5-7, and the Pontifical Academy of Science (PAS), November 2-4. This will be the first time the PAV meets since Pope Francis inaugurated the Academy’s new statues . . . Read more

Cardinal Caffarra’s Final Message: “We must have faith, hope, and fortitude.”

It sorrows me to report that last week the Catholic Church lost a valiant defender of Life and Family: Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. A renowned moral theologian, His Eminence was personally tasked by Saint Pope John Paul II with founding the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He also served . . . Read more