Random Selection Favors Religion, or, What Would Darwin Do?

I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19) An Angry God Random selection appears to have doomed its most enthusiastic promoters to extinction.      I want to be clear that I am not taking issue in this post with the theory […]

“Choice” and the Father of Lies

AntiChrist taking orders

Truth is the mortal enemy of Sin.  There is nothing sin hates and fears more than the truth.  Few issues illustrate that reality as starkly as abortion.  In Roe v. Wade the court sacrificed the Truth of Human Life to the Untrammelled Human Will.

2nd Day of Christmas: Feast of the Holy Family

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51-52) St. Augustine addressed our Lord as “O Beauty ever ancient, ever new.” We can […]

Death and Human Dignity

    Suicide is a key image for our culture today.  Our society is always looking for new ways to destroy itself. We seem intent on destroying our connections to our forebears, destroying their reputations and even tearing down their statues.  We reject the classic achievements in music, art, and architecture that they have handed on to us. We […]

The Bishops, the Politicians, and Abortion: What Would St. John Fisher Do?

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.      The quote above is often attributed to communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky.  There is no record of his actually having said it, but it’s widely repeated because it pithily sums up a terrifying truth about the relentlessness of war.  In an age when a large […]

Discerning the Body: The Bishops, The Politicians, and The Eucharist

The issue here is not that the politicians in question are politicians per se, it is that that as prominent people they are publicly using their influence to promote things that are gravely sinful. When those responsible for teaching, governing, and sanctifying fail to distinguish the true dimensions of the problem, and fail to govern by allowing those who persist in openly promoting sin to receive communion they are teaching, by their actions, that the Body and Blood of Our Lord is simply not that important.

Who’s really “politicizing” the Body of Christ?

   An unusual and unfamiliar expression, “Eucharistic Coherence”, has been showing up on a lot of Catholic websites lately. I’ve written about the abuse of language on more than one occasion in the recent past (here and here, for instance), but this term is not itself abusive, rather it’s intended to expose and correct abuse.  It refers […]

Don’t Let Them Muffle The Message of Life

   This year’s March for Life in Washington has been cancelled – or perhaps I should say “Cancelled”   – who would have guessed?      The first March for Life was a protest against the notorious U.S. Supreme Court decisions Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which together effectively wiped out all state laws restricting abortion. It […]

The Truth Is Pro-Life (Flashback Thursday)

This post was first published January 16th, 2015 on my original blog, Principium et Finis.   “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.”  Thus spake Justice Blackmun, writing for the majority in the U.S, Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision in January, 1973.  And so the era of virtually unlimited abortion in the United […]