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     “It is from the blood of Christ that all draw the strength to commit themselves to promoting life.” — Blessed John Paul II (1995) John Paul’s statement was borne out in a poignant way this week, as men and women…

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    Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution

    by R. Jared Staudt

    It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article…

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    Art Imitates Life in Disturbing New Film

    by K. V. Turley

    What you are about to read is disturbing. It will unnerve you. It should. Last week Under the Skin was released in the United States. This low budget British movie has little by way of traditional plot, even less dialogue….

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    Of Honest Labels and Down Syndrome

    by Richard Becker

     “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?”—Isaiah Driving home from the hospital after late clinicals recently, I stopped at a 7-Eleven for a snack. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but I wanted something…

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    Some Good News on Abortion Rates

    by Richard M. Doerflinger

    On an issue associated with tragedy and mourning, there was good news recently. A new study finds that in 2011, the US abortion rate—the number of abortions per 1000 women of reproductive age—reached its lowest point since the Supreme Court’s…

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    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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    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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    Birth of Twins Highlights Evil of Abortion

    by Arland K. Nichols

    In what has become an annual ritual on January 1, the mainstream media shared the unique story of twins born on different days and different years. This year, ABC News highlighted Lorraine and Brandon Begazo who were born in Washington,…

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    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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    Governor Pliny and Governor Cuomo

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus was governor of Bithynia–Pontus in present day Turkey from 111 to 113 AD.  That capped a long career during which he served as judge, staff officer, knight, senator, quaestor, tribune, praetor, prefect, consul, propraetor and augur….

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    Wendy Davis: Texas Size Opportunist

    by Rachel Lu

    Does it matter that Wendy Davis doctored her personal story to make herself more sympathetic? Mudslinging always makes politics unpleasant, and it might seem that the tawdry details of Davis’ personal history are exactly the kind of irrelevant gossip that…

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    March On!

    by Sean Fitzpatrick

    For forty-one years America has grown sick under the shadow of legalized abortion. For forty-one years Americans have gathered at the nation’s capital to march in protest. For forty-one years, over forty-one million American babies have been butchered before they…

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    How One Church Harms Human Trafficking Victims

    by Chelsen Vicari

    Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month? According to the White House, this is a time to reflect on modern-day slavery and “renew our commitment to ending this scourge in all its forms.” A…

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    “Reprotech” Ushers in a New Eugenic Age

    by Mark D. Oshinskie

    Following the devaluation of babies in the developed world in the 1970s and 80s, babies became scarce and, consequently, desirable once again.  Now, any means used to make babies is seen as good, as long as pregnancy occurs at a…

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    The Real Inequality in New York City

    by Anne Hendershott

    At the January 1 inauguration ceremony for New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Frederick Lucas, pastor of the Brooklyn Community Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, invoked God’s help to “let the plantation called New York City be the…

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    When Is An Abortion Not An Abortion? When the Media Says So.

    by Drew Belsky and Dustin Siggins

    Shortly before the new year, a number of religious organizations were given protection from the HHS abortion and contraception mandate.  While social conservatives and defenders of the First Amendment cheered, numerous prominent media organizations manipulated basic scientific facts to deny…

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    Down the Ladder of Depravity

    by Anthony Esolen

    Shall we allow sharp dealing, or not?  That’s one of the questions that Cicero takes up in his wise and noble work, De officiis (On Moral Duties).  One side, represented by the philosopher Antipater, holds that you are in the…

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    Of Philanthropy and Population Control: An Open Letter to Bill Gates

    by Richard Becker

    God bless you, Mr. Gates. You made a pile of dough, and now you’re trying to spread the love—like your foundation’s efforts to fight disease and poverty throughout the developing world. You’re making possible tremendous change for the good—keep it…

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    It’s Time to Get “Obsessed” About Opposing Today’s Moral Evils

    by Kenneth D. Whitehead

    A recent Quinnipiac poll found that some 53 percent of Catholics who attend Mass weekly, and some 65 percent of those who attend Mass less frequently, would favor a law legalizing so-called same-sex “marriage” in spite of the Church’s clear…

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    God, Man, and Abortion: A New Summons to Hope

    by Edward Short

    Many good things distinguish Redeeming Grief, Anne’s Lastman’s gripping testament to the dehumanizing havoc wrought by abortion. It is the work of a woman who has devoted over seventeen years of her life to helping thousands of fathers and mothers…

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