Is There Such a Thing as Moral Progress?

10/26/2011 Comments (187)

One of the questions that comes up from time to time in the blogosphere is the problem of moral progress. It happens in a number of ways. For instance, a favorite trope of the atheist fundamentalist is the “Ha! You call Thomas More a saint? He burnt heretics at the stake!” shout of triumph. (Of course, atheist fundamentalists don’t like to think too hard about the achievements of Stalin or Mao or Pol Pot, and seem uncommonly hurried in their attempts to identify their atheist regimes as specimens of “religion” in the single most implausible piece of prestidigitation in their rhetorical arsenal.)  Meanwhile, some Catholics, having a deep suspicion of modernity, and eager to defend the Home...READ MORE

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Hilarious Pro-Abort Ineptitude

10/24/2011 Comments (37)

So a few days ago, my friend Angela, who is participating in 40 Days for Life, gets word that protestors from something called “Seattle Clinic Defense” are going to show up for a two-hour counter-protest at the Seattle Madison Planned Parenthood Clinic.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, 40 Days for Life is a non-violent, non-gory photo, prayerful witness to the goodness of human life that is going on all over the country and in Canada right now. Not only does the USCCB endorse it, but a number of bishops participate in it personally.

Essentially, 40 Days for Life consists of a round-the-clock (if possible) prayer vigil at a clinic, with the prayer typically being the Rosary....READ MORE

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The Euphemistic Treadmill

10/21/2011 Comments (26)

While the Administration is busy high-fiving itself over the death of Qaddafi (who is, I grant, not someone I will miss), I thought I’d take the occasion to stroll down memory lane and let Stephen Colbert take a look at some of the Orwellian doubletalk put forward by the Obama Administration to describe this particular war (in Colbert’s inimitable style):

What the Administration did (though it will be forgotten in the glow of having killed a despot) was engage in the venerable pastime of liars, politicians, and evildoers (but I repeat myself) known as “euphemism.” Euphemism is the...READ MORE

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Tolerance Is Not Enough! You. MUST. Approve!

10/19/2011 Comments (34)

You knew it was going to go there. You just may not have expected it to go there that fast.

But that’s not all. Not only are Christians unfit to parent if they believe homosex immoral, we are already hearing (across the Pond, but here soon enough) that Churches which will not perform same-sex “marriage” should be shut down by the State:

As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality. Such behaviour is not be [sic] tolerated in other areas, such as adoption, after all.

Given that Catholics are already having their consciences crushed by Caesar in the matter of contraception and smashed by Caesar in the matter of adoption,...READ MORE

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Canadian Anti-Catholic Bigotry Kills African Women

10/17/2011 Comments (19)

A ministry that does good work saving African women’s lives has been denied funding for being too Catholic.

Nope.  It’s got nothing to do with condoms or abortion and that lame excuse for bigotry:

Walley also said that MaterCare being refused money based on its Catholic stance against abortion and contraception is a complete non-issue and should have no influence in the agency’s decision.

“Abortion and birth control are irrelevant to solving the problem of maternal mortality,” he underscored.

“All the deaths occur during the last three months of pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and one week after — so what on earth is a birth control pill or a condom going to do?”

Stressing the...READ MORE

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Bad Lip Reading

10/14/2011 Comments (9)

The latest little craze on the web is something called Bad Lip Reading, in which some clever folk take various videos of various public figures or pop stars and redub them with gibberish they appear to be saying. Some of them are quite hilarious, though some are not in good taste either.

Anyway, the reason I mention it is because people of common sense recognize that when you take things that somebody is actually saying and don’t just reinterpret it, but ruthlessly ignore their entire point and replace with something having nothing whatsoever to do with what they are saying, you are either (as with making a joke (assuming everybody is in on it) or you are lying (assuming...READ MORE

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Jason Adkins Does the Church Proud

10/12/2011 Comments (153)

Out in Minnesota, the Chattering Classes are explaining “Shut up!” to the bishops and people of the Catholic Church who wish to point out that gay “marriage” is a complete fiction and fraud, as well as destructive of the common good.  Editors at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune have explained “Shut up!” to the Church, apparently on the theory that Catholics should not be allowed to participate in a conversation with their betters.  Likewise, a clever Episcopalian professor has explained “Shut up!” to the Church, apparently on the theory that the robust state of the Episcopalian communion confers upon him the right to re-order the theology of a communion to which he does not belong.  This is a...READ MORE

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As the Devil Turns Round on Us

10/10/2011 Comments (95)

Readers will recall that, for some time over the past few years, there were discussions in the Catholic blogosphere about the dangers of consequentialism and the extremely popular theory that, when things are really scary, you can indeed do evil that good may come of it.  Such moral corner-cutting was often justified by the charge that those who opposed, say, the Bush/Cheney torture of prisoners or the denial of basic human rights to alleged enemy combatants were “soft on terror” and (illogically) somehow not prolife.  In fact, of course, opponents of torture were actually quite cognizant of the threat of terror, but recognized that not only was the choice to do evil that good may come of...READ MORE

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.