09/20/2010 Comments (10)

A reader writes:

Here’s another fine example of our sexually deranged culture.  According to a study done by the University of Iowa published in USA Today, casual sex is A-Okay!
Refreshingly, many commentors over at USA Today found this “scientific” study to be a bunch of nonsense, but of course there were the usual suspects railing against the “Bronze Age folklore” (aka the Bible) that has kept us from experiencing the joys of bed hopping.  Now that Science has once again disproved religion, we are finally freed from the shackles of those old fogey religious teachings on chastity! Three cheers for promiscuity!

All kidding aside, these kinds of “studies” make it harder (at least for me)...READ MORE

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The Childfree Movement, Archetype of Evil

09/17/2010 Comments (139)

Show me a culture that despises children, and I will show you the face of evil. Excerpts:

As you already suspect, the childfree movement has its roots in the 1970s. After Paul Ehrlich’s (now discredited) Population Bomb became a sensation predicting hundreds of millions of deaths as the planet convulsed from overpopulation, clubs such as the National Organization for Non-Parents and No Kidding! sprang up. But what was once a hippy-crank affectation has in recent years become a wide-ranging attack on the societal machinery which supports and encourages baby-making. [...]

It is a quirk of the movement that while the most committed childfree people tend to be women, being childfree is not...READ MORE

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The Cult of Celebrity vs. Quiet Heroism

09/15/2010 Comments (22)

So the other day, my son sends along this trailer for a little film called Wordplay, about the world’s greatest crossword puzzler:

I love stuff like this because, as a dyed-in-the-wool Chestertonian, I like things like small hobbies, people who do great things in quiet ways, and the general theme of “He has lifted up the meek and the lowly”.  i dislike the cult of celebrity, but strongly favor the cult of Quiet Heroism.

The cult of celebrity is evil because it teaches ordinary people, possessed of a dignity given to them by God most High, that they are nothing and can only find happiness and fulfillment through identification with those people who typically represent the very worst the...READ MORE

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Subsidiarity: True, but Not the Whole Story

09/13/2010 Comments (25)

A reader writes:

I have a friend who is a recently converted Catholic and a longtime believer in limited government.  He insists that his approach to government mirrors that of the Catholic Church and that to be a Catholic one has to be a believer in subsidiarity.  In this view he argues, government has to decentralize as much as possible.  He feels that to be a good Catholic, one must adhere to this view.  Is this accurate?

No.  It’s not.  Not that he’s wrong about subsidiarity.  It is most certainly an aspect of Catholic social teaching.  Basically, subsidiarity means “The people closest to the problem should, as a general rule, take care of the problem.”  So, for instance, instead of...READ MORE

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Meanwhile, in the Countries that Used to be England and Ireland…

09/10/2010 Comments (6)

There is much bustle as the papal visit approacheth.  One reader writes from Ireland:

You would almost think it was all choreographed to chime with the Papal visit.

In general, over time, over years in fact since Benedict’s election, I’ve noticed the drip drip of articles and how they have been positioned by BBC, usually at weekends before a Sunday - mention of priest/cardinal/pope in some attack/scandal/crime/prejudice etc. I mean recently a bishop was burgled here and they just had to mention the ‘stolen rosary beads, his wallet and two bottles of alcohol’ as the items stolen. And then this quarky proclamation:

Is it some press release or some zealous journalist seeking to debunk the...READ MORE

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Everybody Repeat After the Obama Administration

09/08/2010 Comments (11)

“Pope Benedict is hurting people in the Name of Jesus!”

Remember: Anti-Catholic partisans of the culture of post-modern hedonism are just hard-headed rationalists determined to follow scientific research wherever it leads.  Pope Benedict is a mystical authoritarian who hates and fears TRVTH and subjects even the good of human life to his inhuman dogmas.

Filed under b16 is da bomb, culture of death

An Infallible Mark of the Presence of Satanic Evil

09/06/2010 Comments (72) hatred of children.

You see it in that nutjob at the Discovery Channel whose “manifesto” I link above.  You see it in much of the “Humans are a disease, Mr. Anderson” wing of the Environmental Movement.  And you see it, par excellence, in the abortion zealots.

This includes not only the pre-natal abortion zealots who tell us that the targeted slaughter of children in the womb is unfortunate collateral damage in the war on poverty, but also in the post-natal abortion zealots who excuse the abortion of thousands of children’s lives at a tender age by telling us that the targeted slaughter of children in their beds is unfortunate collateral damage in our war on Imperial Japan (at...READ MORE

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No Contradiction Between Opposition to Abortion and Opposition to the Death Penalty

09/03/2010 Comments (139)

So the other day, I link a piece by Bp. Finn which reiterates the teaching of the Church that the death penalty, while permissible in certain situations, is basically not to be applied unless it absolutely needs to be.  No big news there.  It’s been the teaching of the Church since Evangelium Vitae.  The Catechism sums it up this way:

2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s...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.