Forming Priests, Forming Culture

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 3, 2017 /
Some of the priests and seminarians who participated in our pro-life training conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

It is amazing what happens when you sit in a Church on a Sunday afternoon. I returned to Louisiana this past week to participate in an event in my home parish of Saint Anne. The parish family was celebrating the retirement of its pastor, Father Ty Van Nguyen, who had served the parish for 13…

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Dissent is Destroying the Family

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 8, 2016 /
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I have traveled to over 60 countries in the nearly six years since I joined the HLI family. Based on feedback I’ve received from several dozen conferences and hundreds of parish talks I’ve given, I estimate that around 90% have never heard a homily on the evil of contraception—much less a word about its abortifacient effects—and nothing about…

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A March for Life of Five Million?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 11, 2016 /

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear…” 1 John 4:18 This famous passage from the First Letter of John often comes to me in prayer. This may be because my night prayers often follow very long days full of conversations with faithful who fear for the future of their families…

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Why Are We Afraid to Tell the Truth?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 6, 2015 /

I received a number of emails from friends after Respect Life Sunday saying that they heard little, if anything, about life and family from the pulpit. It is as if some pastors are afraid of preaching the Gospel of Life, or have something more important to talk about even when it is chosen as the…

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On the Feast Day of Pope Saint John Paul II

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro / October 22, 2015 /
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Today we celebrate the feast day of St. John Paul II the great defender of life and the family of our times. The Church has chosen to celebrate his feast not on the date of his death which was on April 2nd 2005 but on the anniversary of his formal installation as Universal Pontiff on…

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Don’t Be Fooled!

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 22, 2015 /
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Sadly and scandalously, some Church leaders – for what some mistakenly call “pastoral reasons” – are basically calling for a return to “situation ethics,” a form of relativism that has been thoroughly debunked in Catholic moral theology. According to situation ethics, the situation determines the morality or an action, as opposed to bringing objective moral…

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Evangelium Vitae: Key to Securing True Freedom in the World

By Adam Cassandra / June 12, 2013 / Comments Off on Evangelium Vitae: Key to Securing True Freedom in the World
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Celebration of the papal encyclical “The Gospel of Life” June 15-16 in Rome FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2013 – CONTACT: Adam Cassandra 540-622-5230 – – FRONT ROYAL, Virginia – As the world prepares for the historic celebration of Saint Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical Evangelium vitae June 15-16 in Rome, Human…

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The Gospel of Life Today

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / December 14, 2012 /
Cute Life Feet Baby Newborn Child Human

As we near the end of this series on how we, as people of true Christian hope, must have the courage to look honestly at the culture of death around us, and to do so with an eye toward uniting in charity and truth, let’s keep in mind that this is an ongoing process. Like our…

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Uniting in Truth: The Teachings of Humanae Vitae

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / November 26, 2012 /
Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI

I have written in previous weeks about the importance of living our lives with authentic hope — hope that is focused on our true end with Christ, and which thus transforms our outlook and helps us see beyond the wreckage that is modern culture, even as we work within it. With our hope properly placed,…

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Ethics in Organ Transplantation: What’s a Catholic to Do?

By Denise Hunnell, MD / November 16, 2012 /

( – Caleb Beaver died at age 16 on Christmas Day in 2011 due to a previously undiagnosed congenital malformation of his blood vessels. His devastated parents agreed to the donation of his heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and pancreas. Several months later, his mother and father were able to meet with the grateful recipient of…

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