Spirit & Life Blog

Two Bishops Raise Concerns About Vatican Synod

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 4, 2023 /

Like many Catholic leaders, I have been paying close attention to the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican, which recently wrapped up a series of meetings involving hundreds of bishops, theologians and other religious and lay advisors. And like many Catholic leaders, I have done so with considerable and growing trepidation. Thus, it was…

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2 Treaties Threaten to Mandate Abortion Internationally

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 27, 2023 /

Pro-life experts are raising the alarm about two major international treaties, which they say could be used to force the United States and many other nations to recognize abortion-on-demand as late as 40 weeks. The first of these documents is a proposed “pandemic treaty,” which is being championed by the stridently pro-abortion World Health Organization.…

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Breaking the Bubble of Transgender Groupthink

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 20, 2023 /
image of a girl with gender dysphoria looking in the mirror

There is something about the transgender movement that has struck many people as fundamentally cultish. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about cults: “Specific factors in cult behavior are said to include manipulative and authoritarian mind control over members, communal and totalistic organization, aggressive proselytizing, systematic programs of indoctrination, and perpetuation in middle-class communities.” One…

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Ohio Abortion Amendment Is a Wake-up Call

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 13, 2023 /
Constitution displaying "we the people" on a wooden table

Last Tuesday, Ohio voters voted 57 to 43 percent to add a “right” to abortion to the state Constitution. What this means is that in Ohio abortion is now permitted without restriction up to the point of viability. Tragically, the passage of this amendment makes it all but certain that Ohio’s 6-week abortion ban—signed into…

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Cardinal Sarah on Freedom and Transgenderism

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 6, 2023 /

The confluence of the age of social media, and the meteoric rise of transgender ideology, has produced a wave of deeply distressing images and video content. One need not look far on social media sites like TikTok or Instagram to find young transgender “influencers” documenting their “gender transition” journeys. At other times, it is so-called…

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Britney Spears Brings the Brutal Reality of Abortion Into the Light

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 30, 2023 /
The shadow of a sad woman sitting on balcony alone

So long as abortion activists can keep the public discussion of abortion restricted to their chosen language and talking points, they are safe. Who, after all, could disagree with such things as a woman’s “right to choose” or oppose her “reproductive rights”? These sanitized, positive-sounding slogans are the secret weapon in the pro-abortion activists’ arsenal.…

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The Scourge of Pornography: Provoking Violence and Debasing Human Sexuality

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 23, 2023 /

“The ease with which children gain access to pornographic images on the Internet resembles a rape of the consciences of these minors. I think that the psychological and spiritual consequences of this invasion of pornography for a whole generation of children and young people have not yet been measured. Doctors are beginning to sound the…

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Planned Parenthood Uses Hamas Attack to Sell Abortion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 16, 2023 /

On October 7, Israel was the victim of one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in modern history. Heavily armed Hamas gunmen flew or drove into civilian centers and then began slaughtering everybody within reach, including women and children. By the time the massacre was done, over 1,000 Israelis had been killed, thousands more injured,…

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Transgender Ideology and Parental Rights

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 9, 2023 /

“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…. The primary right of parents to educate their children must be upheld in all forms of collaboration between parents, teachers and school…

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Peaceful Pro-Life Rescuers Face Years in Prison

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 2, 2023 /
gavel with open book

Ever since abortion was legalized in America, there have always been those pro-life advocates who have felt called to prophetically witness to the humanity of the preborn child. Certain individuals, deeply convicted of the great evil of abortion, have engaged in acts of peaceful civil disobedience, heedless of the costs to themselves. Their motivation has…

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