Pro-Life Post-Mortem

11/09/2008 Comment

There’s an important interview at National Review with Marjorie Dannenfelser. It helpfully runs down all the bad news for pro-life during the election, and even finds a little good news. It also includes this memorable exchange:

Lopez: How are you keeping spirits up?

Dannenfelser: Drinking?

The bad news from Dannenfelser:

“In the House, there is a net loss of 15 pro-life votes. In the Senate, we lost Sununu and Dole, so that’s two, three if we lose Coleman, and four if we lose Chambliss. Our net loss will be somewhere between 2 and 4.Overall for SBA List, thirteen of our endorsed candidates failed to win election on Tuesday. That includes four incumbents (Marilyn Musgrave, Elizabeth...READ MORE

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Adrienne’s Orders to Pro-Lifers

11/09/2008 Comment

Here’s another cinematic take on pro-lifers’ predicament. I’ll set the scene, in case you don’t remember it (and finish it, in case you don’t want to watch the whole thing). Rocky is seeing his infant son for the first time. Adrienne has been in a coma since the birth, and Rocky has spent that time in church, praying for her.

In obedience to Adrienne’s orders, Rocky goes back to basics, relearning what made him great, and inspiring followers among the youth by the very zeal of his conviction.

Pro-lifers: After a tough election, we, too, need to decide not to be defeated, and train. For instance, on the home page, scroll down to the “Hot Topics” box to find articles about marriage and...READ MORE

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‘He Breaks My Heart’

11/08/2008 Comment

Rebecca Teti at (which is our sister site, by the way) shares her high emotion after Nov. 4 as a white woman who grew up in a black neighborhood in D.C. Her heart is elated and pierced by the Obama win, both at once.

“Is it a great thing, a cathartic thing, a potentially healing thing for the country and for all of our people that we just elected our first African-American President?” she writes. “It is.”

“People in downtown D.C. last night were singing the Star Spangled Banner spontaneously, in an overflow of affection for this nation and its many blessings, and for the promise fulfilled. I heard a black Iraq war vet interviewed saying, ‘Today, I really believe all...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, faith & family live, obama, weekend commentary

Catholic Tuition Backfiring

11/08/2008 Comment

In the rush of election coverage, other important Register coverage hasn’t gotten the play it should have.

The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for Higher Education produced a study with QEV Analytics that surveyed current students and recent alums of Catholic higher education. This news broke on the Register’s website ... on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Read the story (linked from the home page or by clicking here) but the findings include:
60% say abortion should be legal.
60% say premarital sex is not a sin.
57% say same-sex “marriage” should be legal.
39% saw officials or staff encouraging contraceptive use.
31% saw officials or staff encouraging acceptance of homosexual activity.

How could...READ MORE

Filed under academic freedom, canon law, catholic identity, weekend commentary

‘We Come to It at Last’

11/08/2008 Comment

Here’s Gandalf with an alternate take on the election results, as regards the right-to-life battle.

Now, hear me out. Obama’s our leader. He’s not Sauron. He’s not even the steward Denethor, exactly. But what Pope John Paul II called the culture of death is on the rise. And we who promote the culture of life may look out on the bleak landscape and say “All is lost.”

Assisted suicide won in Washington and the right to life lost in South Dakota, California and Michigan. Even the marble towers of Minas Tirith, D.C., are in the grip of the culture of death.

But Christ has a way of making these “all is lost” scenarios turn around ... if his people stand their ground. Pray for Frodo and Sam,...READ MORE

Filed under culture of death, culture of life, march for life, video, weekend commentary

Our President

11/05/2008 Comment

P.S. (added at a reader’s request on Dec. 1): Please do explore the rest of this site, especially the Hot Topics links at the bottom of the home page. We are 100% pro-life and pro-marriage, and we spent the months before the election educating readers about Obama’s pro-abortion positions. My only point in this post, nearly a month ago, was that many pro-life voters voted for Obama and are excited by him. Those are our voters, and we should win them back. We can’t win them back if we are polarized by rage. Our job now is to watch the Obama administration and relentlessly oppose what we must, and in the meanwhile shore up the pro-life and pro-family majorities in America.

Here is the...READ MORE

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The Temptation of Roger Ebert

11/02/2008 Comment

Roger Ebert has been providing thoughtful “looking back” reviews at the Chicago Sun Times. His latest focuses on 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ” and acknowledges a debt to Register film critic Steven D. Greydanus.

Ebert’s 20-year-old review was too concerned with theology, writes Ebert: “It must have driven Martin Scorsese crazy to read reviews of ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ in which critics appointed themselves arbiters of the manhood or godliness of Jesus Christ, and scarcely mentioned the direction, the writing, the acting, the images or Peter Gabriel’s harsh, mournful music.”

“Or perhaps,” he reconsiders, “Scorsese understood.” A theological point,...READ MORE

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Doubt and Douthat

11/02/2008 Comment

Meryl Streep as an old-school nun.

Coming in December to a theater not necessarily near you (it has a limited release) is Doubt, a movie version of the John Patrick Shanley play. The movie stars Meryl Streep as an angry nun and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a sunny (and possibly abusive) priest. It’s from Miramax, and that can’t be good for the Church.

But the excellent Ross Douthat saw the play, and had this to say: “Doubt won the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year, and after seeing it this weekend (the last weekend with the original actress, Cherry Jones, in the lead role, unfortunately) I think it richly deserved the win.”

“The play deals with the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, and what’s...READ MORE

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About Guest Blogger/Tom Hoopes

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Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.