Catholic Education is Indispensable in Transforming the Culture

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / August 13, 2018 /
Fr. Shenan Boquet speaks at Holy Infant College in Tacloban City

Culture of Death or Culture of Life? “In order that the Catholic school and the Catholic teachers may truly make their irreplaceable contribution to the Church and to the world, the goal of Catholic education itself must be crystal clear. Beloved sons and daughters of the Catholic Church, brothers and sisters in the faith: Catholic…

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The Heart of the Matter? Human Dignity

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 30, 2018 /
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In Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. John Paul II identified a sinister paradox in contemporary culture. “Precisely in an age when the inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of life is publicly affirmed,” he lamented, “the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant…

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Pope St. John Paul II’s Dream

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 23, 2018 /
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In 1996 Pope St. John Paul II, speaking to a group of teachers of Natural Family Planning (NFP), boldly declared: “The moment has come for every parish and every structure of consultation and assistance to the family and to the defense of life to have personnel available who can teach married couples how to use…

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The Family – “St. Joseph’s Workshop”

By Don DeMarco, PhD / July 17, 2018 /
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“The family, the great workshop of love, is the first school, indeed, a lasting school where people are not taught to love with barren ideas, but with the incisive power of experience.” ~February 13th Angelus Prayer, Vatican City, 1994 One of the many things I continue to admire in the life of Saint John Paul…

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St. John Paul II’s Prophesy for Ireland’s Future

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 4, 2018 /

“You will decide what Ireland will be.’” ~ Pope St. John Paul II In 1979, Pope John Paul II gazed out over a sea of some 300,000 youth at a Mass for the Youth in Galway, Ireland. “When I look at you,” he said, “I see the Ireland of the future. Tomorrow, you will be the…

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Self-Gratification Culture is So Not Cool

By Molly Loesel / April 17, 2018 /
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Pope Saint John Paul II’s Evangelium vitae just about says it all when it comes to discussing the sanctity of human life, threats to life in the modern world, and the related Catholic Church’s teachings on the issues. In today’s culture –  where the deciding factor of an action among young people tends to be…

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The Annunciation, Inherent Human Dignity, and Mary’s Fiat

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 25, 2018 /
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Day of the Unborn I am writing you today from Harare, Zimbabwe where I am on mission with Dr. Brian Clowes, Mr. Emil Hagamu and HLI’s local affiliate. Our mission has been very fruitful because of your prayers and support; however, because of poor catechesis, corruption, economic hardships and decades of “colonization of the mind”,…

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Contraception and Challenges of False Compassion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 12, 2018 /

Troubling rumors have been swirling around Rome for months now about an alleged papal commission tasked with undertaking an “historical review” of Saint Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. Despite initial denials about the existence of the commission, it appears that a Vatican official has just confirmed that there is, in fact, such a commission…

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Swiss Organ Donation Controversially Redefined

By Deborah M. Piroch / November 17, 2017 /

Organ Donation Highly Controversial This week a Swiss law redefining organ donation went into effect. The change, criticized by Human Life International Switzerland, the Union of Catholic Swiss Physicians, the Swiss Hippocratic Society and the Swiss Society for Bioethics, redefines clinical death as occurring after a mere five minutes. This issue is as much a…

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Moral Relativism: The Danger of the “Seamless Garment” Mentality

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 23, 2017 /
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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 environment…

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