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    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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    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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    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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    Dave Ramsey—Our Favorite Catechist: A Response to Richard Becker

    by Stephen Herreid

     We have no wish at all to pass over in silence the difficulties, at times very great, which beset the lives of Christian married couples. For them, as indeed for every one of us, “the gate is narrow and the…

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    Of Dave Ramsey, Babies, and Birth Control

    by Richard Becker

    “Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money … if what you want to do is make a lot of money.” ~ Mr. Bernstein, Citizen Kane (1941) Dave Ramsey is all the rage, especially among Christians. His Financial…

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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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    Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald and the Path Not Taken

    by R.J. Stove

    The story of Boston’s Father Gerald Fitzgerald (1894-1969), who founded the Servants of the Paraclete congregation, has been told before. For example, it appears in the National Catholic Reporter of March 30, 2009; in the Dallas Morning News a day…

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    The Curious Controversy Over Natural Family Planning

    by Thomas Storck

    When I entered the Church early in 1978 there was little enough discussion of natural family planning or of the Church’s teaching that use of contraceptives violated the law of God.  The Couple to Couple League had been founded just…

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    The Beauty of Marriage

    by Arland K. Nichols

    He stood on principle. He defended the Church. He refused to act against his conscience. He was stalwart in defense of marriage. And in 1535, the king chopped off his head. Saint Thomas More, whose Feast Day we celebrated on…

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    Fifty Years Later–Vatican II’s Unfinished Business

    by Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap

    Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Church in the United States is in the throes of a struggle. Loyal Catholics are showing renewed vigor and vitality, and are helping the Church to move forward in…

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    Veritatis Splendor: The Encyclical that Mattered

    by Samuel Gregg

    There are papal encyclicals, and then there are papal encyclicals. Some escape public attention almost from the moment they’re promulgated. Others continue reverberating inside the Church decades after they appear. But there’s also a third type of encyclical: those which…

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    The Cost Of Being Catholic

    by Christopher Manion

    Nowadays, “charity” conjures up various images, some of which are quite distant from everyday life. Consider the “nonprofit sector”—or government welfare programs. Others images are more immediate—soup kitchens, or Salvation Army kettles. But charity—caritas—is actually a supernatural virtue. As Saint…

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    The “New” Tone of U.S. Bishops Sounds Very Familiar

    by George Neumayr

    In a frank interview with the Wall Street Journal last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan conceded that the post-Vatican II Church in America has “gotten gun-shy” on hot-button moral issues. The Church’s encyclical on artificial birth control, Humanae Vitae, “brought such…

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    The Strange World of Garry Wills

    by Tom Piatak

    These must be trying times for Garry Wills.  In 2001, he wrote a book blasting the papacy, Papal Sin:  Structures of Deceit.  But ordinary Catholics did not take up Wills’ call to turn St. Peter’s into a Congregationalist meeting house. …

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    Abortion and the Contraceptive Mentality

    by Arland K. Nichols

    This year marks an auspicious anniversary—forty years of nation-wide abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. These cases declared a right to abortion that was more permissive than the law of any state. A woman could…

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    The War We Are In

    by Christopher Manion

    These are not the best of times. In fact, some folks say that the Catholic Church in the United States confronts today the greatest challenge in its history. Things were already tough before the November elections, but now they’re in…

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    The Contraceptive Imperative

    by Kenneth D. Whitehead

    You don’t have to go out of your way today to be confronted with the subject of contraception. In November, 2012, the United Nations Population Fund issued its annual report entitled “By Choice, Not by Chance,” describing contraception as a…

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    Who Are We?: Catholic Faith in Light of the HHS Mandate

    by Pete Jermann

    Who do they think they are? Such must have been the thought of many Catholics when the Obama Administration ruled that Catholic institutions must provide contraceptive services to their employees. We responded with outrage, indignation and, perhaps most of all, surprise over…

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    Strange Bedfellows: The Church and Secular Social Scientists on the Harmful Consequences of the Sexual Revolution

    by David Paul Deavel

    G. K. Chesterton wrote in his 1908 classic Orthodoxy, “The unpopular parts of Christianity turn out when examined to be the very props of the people.” The outer crust of Christian reality is a moral sternness that seems ugly, but…

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