Adopting a Pro-Life Attitude

As an adoptive father, I really appreciated this story: In the late 1980s, a woman from Chicago gave birth to twin boys and placed them in adoptive homes. One of them went to a family in Egypt and was named Ahmal. The other went to a family in Spain and was named Juan. Years later, Juan sent a picture of himself to […]

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And You Call Yourself a Catholic

During “election season” we receive many many questions in our Catholic Responses department on Catholics’ participation in the political sphere. These questions most frequently involve abortion. Last week, for example, one CUF emailed this seemingly simple question: “Can you call yourself a Catholic if you are pro-choice?” Here is the response I sent: Those who […]

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An Irresponsible Endorsement

When I read that Catholic constitutional law scholar Douglas Kmiec recently endorsed Barack Obama for president, I immediately thought of one of my favorite lawyer jokes: Question: How can you tell that a lawyer is lying? Answer: His lips are moving. I’m certainly not calling Professor Kmiec a liar, but this usually reputable Catholic scholar does stand on shaky ground whenever he moves his […]

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A Message to College Students

I originally wrote this for my oldest daughter and one of my nephews a few years ago. I reprint it here as an encouragement to today’s youth as this week we mark yet another anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision. You are survivors. Millions–and I mean millions–of your peers have been legally slaughtered, […]

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End of the Innocents?

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the little boys who were massacred by Herod in an attempt to put the Christ Child to death. These “innocents” are now venerated as martyrs. There is an obvious connection between the Holy Innocents and the victims of abortion, whose deaths are also made possible by political regimes […]

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Men of Valor

This week (Oct. 28-Nov. 4) is “pornography awareness week.” It’s a sad commentary on our society that we would need to give pornography its own “awareness week.” But we need to face the sobering fact that pornography is one of the most pernicious, widespread elements of the “culture of death.” The pornography industry brings in […]

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Waiting for the Bomb to Drop

In today’s guest column, John Kippley addresses the ”population bomb.” He doesn’t spend much time addressing this discredited myth. Rather, he assumes for the sake of argument that over-population of the planet is a problem that must be addressed by modern man, and convincingly shows that the existence in itself of such a concern by no means justifies recourse to contraception.     Defending Humanae […]

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Conversion for Life

When I returned to Jesus Christ and His Church in 1984, it wasn’t as though a decade of unchecked sinful habits and behaviors fell by the wayside. I had to struggle mightily to replace vice with virtue. The struggle continues to this day. After all, “denying myself” and “turning the other cheek” don’t come naturally. […]

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Going to the Dogs

It’s often said that we live in a “dog-eat-dog” world.  People are too often motivated by ruthless self interest; woe to anyone who gets in their way. Now that Michael Vick’s criminal charges have brought attention to the despicable dog-fighting industry, where pit bulls are bred to maul each other to shreds, “dog-eat-dog” is no […]

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