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    March 5, 2014

    Catholics: Increasingly a Dissident Minority

    by James Kalb

    Pro Deo et Patria is the motto of the Army chaplaincy, and an English version of the phrase is part of the Boy Scout Oath and the Girl Scout Promise. The phrase is well chosen for those organizations. It’s a…

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    March 4, 2014

    Buffalo’s New Bishop Confronts Politician’s Duplicity on Abortion

    by Anne Hendershott

    Faithful Catholics in Buffalo were discouraged to read in their local paper late last month that their allegedly pro-life Catholic senator Tim Kennedy (D-63rd District) intends to vote in favor of New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo’s expansion of abortion…

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    March 3, 2014

    Media Mendacity Over Proposed Arizona Bill

    by Rachel Lu

    We’ve been hearing a lot about Jim Crow lately, so perhaps it would be worthwhile to recall the history behind the Jim Crow legislation. This will enable us to more accurately decide whether Arizona’s recently proposed SB 1062 (which was…

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    February 28, 2014

    I Fight on Contraception Hill

    by Austin Ruse

    Contraception is one of the great scourges not just of our time but of all time. In two ways it sets men and women against their creator. First, because they choose disobedience over the clear teaching of the Church. Second,…

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    February 28, 2014

    Catholics, Comstock and Contraception: A Response to Ramesh Ponnuru

    by Steven W. Mosher

    I am no stranger to controversy, having been dismissed from Stanford University for my reporting on forced abortions in China’s one-child policy, but the reaction to my article, published in Crisis last week, has surprised even me. The principle that…

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    February 27, 2014

    Obama’s “Right to Worship” Ushers in New State Religion

    by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

    The constitutions or laws of many nations provide for what is called “religious liberty.” In practice, this liberty is under severe restrictions in numerous countries, if it exists at all. The fact is that no one can really talk about…

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    February 24, 2014

    The Ukrainian Struggle: Freedom with Dignity Over Corruption and Power

    by Alexander R. Sich

    In 1998 my family returned to the U.S. from our first home leave overseas, for what eventually ended up being twelve years living and working in Ukraine—including experiencing first-hand Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. News reports in recent days have rekindled memories…

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    February 21, 2014

    Mocking Compassion: Euthanasia Beyond Belgium

    by Mary Jo Anderson

     “In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness.  And tenderness leads to the gas chamber.”  — Flannery O’Connor Beware of the compassionate. Catholic author Flannery O’Connor wrote shocking stories. Each tale climaxed at “a moment of grace” when the…

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    February 20, 2014

    What Does it Profit a Catholic Politician to Endorse Contraception?

    by Steven W. Mosher

    Sometimes pro-life leaders must disagree, as when I read in these pages an expiatory article about Barbara Comstock by Austin Ruse, followed by an endorsement of her candidacy for the U.S. Congress. My difficulty with Comstock, a candidate for the…

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    February 18, 2014

    What’s Wrong with Belgium?

    by Tracey Rowland

    There is something beautiful about Belgium if one thinks of the Flemish architecture, the canals, the countryside dotted with blue-grey cows that produce the milk that makes the whipped cream (in Flemish Slagroom) for the cafes and patisseries.  There are…

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    February 14, 2014

    Is Contraception the Hill We Want to Die On?

    by Austin Ruse

    Using artificial contraception to avoid pregnancy is a mortal sin, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. While only the Catholic Church maintains this teaching on contraception, it would be a better world if everyone did. Paul VI was…

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    February 12, 2014

    Speech Near Abortion Mills at Stake in Court Case

    by Stephen Beale

    The free speech of pro-life Americans—particularly their ability to protest, offer counseling, or even hold silent prayer outside abortion clinics—is at stake in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. McCullen v. Coakley, which went before the high…

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    February 11, 2014

    Birth Control is Not Healthcare

    by Marie T. Hilliard

    Dr. Malcolm Potts, first medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in a piece late last month in the Los Angeles Times¸erroneously blames the Vatican for denying the Little Sisters of the Poor the alleged health benefits of hormonal…

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    February 10, 2014

    What’s Behind the UN Attack on the Church?

    by Anne Hendershott

    As faithful Catholics continue to contend with last week’s incendiary United Nations report attacking the Church for her teachings on contraception, abortion, and homosexuality, it may be time to look closely at the real agenda at the United Nations. For…

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    February 7, 2014

    Transparency is Overrated—and So Is Government Regulation

    by Bruce Frohnen

     In most cases the only effective way we can hope to get a handle on that which plagues our public life is if our representatives choose to either ban the problematic behavior (e.g., smoking in public) or regulate it (e.g.,…

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    February 6, 2014

    UN Attacks Catholic Teaching Under the Pretext of Protecting Children

    by Anne Hendershott

    In their continuing quest to marginalize the influence of the Catholic Church on the culture war issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is attempting to resurrect yet again the moral…

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    February 5, 2014

    Those Intolerable Catholics – In Locke’s Time and Ours

    by R. J. Snell

    Often touted as a landmark text in the history of religious freedom, John Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) is remarkable in wisely limiting the power of “the magistrate … to do or meddle with nothing but barely in order to…

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    February 3, 2014

    The Supreme Court: Activism and Abdication

    by Stephen M. Krason

    Serious Catholics and political conservatives since the 1950s have strongly criticized the Supreme Court for making public policy and acting as a kind of “super-legislature” to further a leftist socio-political agenda, instead of interpreting the law and judging. We have…

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    January 30, 2014

    The Latest Sham Science on Gay Parenting

    by Matthew Hennessey

    Social science is a sham. That’s what I take from Helen Rittelmeyer’s superlative February 2014 First Things essay, “Bloodless Moralism.” Claims to objectivity are a smokescreen—those who profess to explain political, economic, or social behavior are almost always motivated by…

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    January 29, 2014

    Pro-Life Lessons for the Defense of Marriage

    by Rachel Lu

    I’ve never been to the March for Life. It’s on my bucket list. I love looking at the pictures, because it inspires me to see all those well-bundled people, cold but smiling, feeling good despite the grimness of the occasion…

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