Can Catholics Apply the Principle of Probabilism to Abortion Decisions?

Some baptized Catholics who support abortion use a distorted understanding of Church teaching on the “primacy” of conscience to support their views. They also frequently misrepresent theological principles regarding Catholic sexual ethics.  One of the most common abuses involves probabilism, which simply means that, if a definitive judgment has not yet been rendered by the . . . Read more

Can We Use Our Consciences on Contraception?

Surveys in many countries consistently show that most Catholics believe that decisions of conscience about contraception rightfully belong with those who must bear and rear children.  The legitimacy of teaching requires that it be embraced by the faithful. Your teaching has no such legitimacy.  It is a marginalized minority view in our church, defended largely . . . Read more

Irish Threat to Pro-Life Counseling Centers

Update: 11/17/2017 Attempts to Undermine Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedom of Conscience HLI Ireland reported that Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament in Dublin, would debate a bill Wednesday, November 14, 2017, aimed at shutting down pregnancy pro-life counseling networks. The proposed change is to section 4(1) of the Principal Act. Deputy Louise O’Reilly of Sinn Féin, . . . Read more

Oppressive Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Lifted

Conscientious Affordable Care Act Relief for Christians Today President Trump overturned the violence perpetrated by the Obama Administration in its direct assault against family, life, and conscience through the “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Under President Obama, the ACA required all employers provide contraceptives under company health insurance to . . . Read more

Conscience and Health Care Workers

This is the second of Dr. Joseph Meaney’s five-part series on conscience, the third installment in HLI’s Educational Series. We invite you to read our other two series on contraception and marriage and family. To hear Dr. Meaney’s recent short talk on conscience with HLI staff and leadership, click here.   In part one of . . . Read more

Conscience and its Formation

This is the first in a five-part series on conscience, which will become the third installment in HLI’s Educational Series. We invite you to read our other two series on contraception and marriage. To hear Dr. Meaney’s recent short talk on conscience with HLI staff and leadership, click here.   Part I: Conscience and its . . . Read more

The War on Marriage and Family

Contemporary culture is in a deep crisis regarding holy matrimony. Both the truth about the family and families themselves are being ripped a part by violent forces. Proponents of the Culture of Death know well the importance and centrality of the natural family; otherwise, why exhaust so much time, effort, and resources attacking it? This . . . Read more

Bringing Clarity Amid Confusion

Son of man, I have appointed you a sentinel for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, you shall warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, you shall surely die–and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade the wicked from their evil conduct in . . . Read more