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  • Natural Law and Child Abuse

    11/30/2007 10:53:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 372+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 24, 2007 | Ed Kaitz
    A recent AP news report has concluded, after compiling the results of numerous studies over the years, that there is a strong and disturbing link between severe child abuse and non-traditional family environments. In the article' words: "[Scholars and caseworkers] note an ever increasing share of America's children grow up in homes without both biological parents, and say the risk of child abuse is markedly higher in the nontraditional family structures."  Examples of "nontraditional family structures" include: o  Children living in homes with unrelated adults (these children are "50 times more likely to die inflicted injuries as children living with biological parents"); and...
  • Majorities Make Mistakes, Natural Law Must be the Guide of Civil Society, Asserts Pope Benedict

    10/08/2007 6:38:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies · 493+ views
    Vatican City, Oct 5, 2007 / 09:42 am (CNA).- This morning Pope Benedict XVI spoke with great force about how the study of natural law guarantees freedom and guards the dignity of all people. He also pointed out that contrary to the modern perception, majorities are not always right, but rather, that the natural law should prevail over pluralities as the measure of what is best for the common good. Speaking to Cardinal William Levada and the rest of the members of the International Theological Commission, who just completed their annual meeting, Benedict XVI pointed out the importance of their...
  • Catholic Bishop Says Guidelines Needed for Communion, Pro-Abortion Pols

    10/07/2007 8:30:33 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 245+ views ^ | October 4, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    by Steven EditorOctober 4, 2007Washington, DC ( -- A Catholic bishop who made national headlines yesterday with comments saying he would deny communion to pro-abortion Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has gone further. Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis says the nation's Catholic bishops should establish guidelines for a national policy.Burke expressed his views in an essay that appeared in Periodica De Re Canonica, published by the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.The Catholic leader says parish priests should ensure that everyone takes communion in a worthy manner, with no one taking it if they have publicly stood against the...
  • Young Pastor's Powerful Sermon Encourages Parishioners to Take Part in Life Chain

    10/07/2007 8:07:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 459+ views ^ | October 5, 2007 | Steve Jalsevac
    Young Pastor's Powerful Sermon Encourages Parishioners to Take Part in Life Chain By Steve Jalsevac MANOTICK, Ontario, October 5, 2007 ( - On Sunday, Sept. 23, a week before Canada's Life Chain Sunday, Fr. Geoff Kerslake gave what was seen as a powerful sermon encouraging his parishioners to take part in the local Life Chain the following Sunday. Fr. Geoff is the young pastor of St. Leonard's parish in Manotick, Ontario, located on the fringe of Canada's capital city of Ottawa. Fr. Geoff's sermon so encouraged one couple who heard it that they had the text re-printed in the bulletin...
  • Secularism is Undermining the Very Foundations of Democratic Society, Pope Warns

    10/05/2007 4:21:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 323+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/5/07 |
    VATICAN, October 5, 2007 ( - By denying the existence of natural law, secularism is undermining the very foundations of democratic society, Pope Benedict XVI argued in an October 5 private audience with members of the International Theological Commission. Disregard for natural law, the Holy Father said, has caused "a crisis for human-- even more for Christian-- civilization." In response to that crisis, he continued, Church leaders should mobilize "both lay people and followers of religions other than Christianity" to reclaim a common moral tradition. The International Theological Commission had gathered in Rome this week to discuss a forthcoming document...
  • Canadian Catholic Priest/Politician Says He Supports Abortion on TV Show

    10/07/2007 6:57:52 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 7 replies · 457+ views ^ | October 4, 2007 | Marie-Christine Houle and John-Henry Westen
    Canadian Catholic Priest/Politician Says He Supports Abortion on TV Show Also publicly supports homosexuality; local bishop still refuses to discipline priest By Marie-Christine Houle and John-Henry Westen MONTREAL, October 4, 2007 ( - Father Raymond Gravel, the Quebec priest turned federal politician, has once again brought scandal to the Catholic Church by publicly voicing his stand in favour of abortion. On a French-language television show, Gravel was presented as a Catholic priest and Bloc Qubcois MP (Member of Parliament) for Repentigny debating an Imam. In an article published in Le Soleil, reporter Richard Therrien reports that the conversation between Gravel...
  • A Poem Fit for Our Times Me and My Friends

    10/06/2007 11:11:59 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 263+ views
    Special to ^ | October 3, 2007 | Dr. John B. Shea
    A Poem Fit for Our Times Me and My Friends Special to by Dr. John B. Shea, October 3, 2007 'Me and My Friends' For me and my friends To follow the trends Is simply a matter of choice Autonomy rules That all but poor fools Speak loud and speak clear with one voice Some talk of abortion With warning and caution But science has shown very well That it's safe and its normal That it's healthy and moral And that it sends no one to hell Some say that to toke Or to drink or to smoke...
  • Toronto Catholic School Board Bows to Secularism

    10/06/2007 11:00:22 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 464+ views ^ | October 4, 2007 | By Fr. Alphonse de Valk, editor Catholic Insight magazine
    Toronto Catholic School Board Bows to Secularism Commentary on inclusion of "sexual orientation" in Board's Workplace Harassment policy By Fr. Alphonse de Valk, editor Catholic Insight magazineFrom Oct. 2007 edition of Catholic Insight TORONTO, October 4, 2007 ( - Just before Catholic Insight went to press with its September edition, on August 15 we learned that in May 2007, the Toronto District Catholic School Board (TCDSB), in its document Workplace Harassment, had moved to prohibit all teachers and staff from complaining or objecting to "same-sex partner status." It turns out that two other unacceptable prohibitions had previously been imposed already;...
  • Archbishop Burke: Bishops Must Discipline Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians

    09/15/2007 4:46:58 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 406+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    Archbishop Burke: Bishops Must Discipline Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians Calls his brother bishops to task - To remain silent is to permit serious confusion regarding a fundamental truth of the moral law" By Hilary WhiteST. LOUIS, September 11, 2007 ( Writing in the latest edition of the Canon Law journal, Periodica De Re Canonica, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, has called his brother bishops to task for their silence on the problem of Catholic politicians who support abortion, euthanasia, cloning, embryo research, the homosexual political agenda or other legislation contrary to the natural moral law.Burkes lengthy...
  • Researchers Blind faith in Embryonic Stem-cell Research an Idolatrous Gospel says Cardinal

    08/24/2007 5:12:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 327+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/24/07 | Hilary White
    ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 24, 2007 ( Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, Chairman of the bishops Committee for Pro-Life Activities, identified the worship of a a modern-day false idol, as the greatest modern threat to the unborn. Rigali spoke at the annual conference of directors of diocesan pro-life offices in Arlington, Virginia, on August 2. Reflecting the work of pro-life writers warning against the infiltration of utilitarian Bioethics in the medical field, Rigali identified an idolatrous gospel of total autonomy, sheer utility and false mercy, as the philosophy pushing new attacks on human life. Those who have blind faith in...
  • Is the Uproar Against General Pace the Beginning of a Religious Persecution?

    03/24/2007 7:48:55 AM PDT · by mborman · 20 replies · 783+ views
    The American TFP ^ | 3/21/2007 | Staff
    In a March 12 interview with the Chicago Tribune, General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made this statement: I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.1 Liberal Media Turn the Statement into a National Debate A media upoar ensued against the general, the first Marine to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One would think the distinguished and highly decorated...
  • Address of Papal Theologian on Natural Moral Law "Problems and Prospects"

    03/01/2007 9:35:25 AM PST · by lastchance · 15 replies · 351+ views
    Zenit New Agency ^ | February 24, 2007 | Wojciech Giertych
    New Prospects for the Application of the Natural Moral Law 1) Difficulty with question I have been asked to speak today about new prospects for the application of the natural moral law. I have some difficulty with this question as it was proposed to me. ... This common intellectual basis, certainly in the Western world, is more and more difficult to attain as vociferous nihilist and skeptic pressure groups refuse to accept any binding statements about moral truth, supposedly in the name of tolerance. The contemporary increasingly extensive social interaction is raising many new moral problems, and these certainly can...
  • Marriage Likely To Help Depression

    08/20/2006 4:57:46 PM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 69 replies · 1,470+ views
    WFTV ^ | 8/20/06
    Marriage Likely To Help Depression Depressed People May Need More Intimacy POSTED: 12:36 pm EDT August 18, 2006 CLEVELAND -- If you want help beating depression and want to find more happiness, get married. An Ohio State University study indicates that getting married enhances mental health, especially among depressed individuals. Researchers measured symptoms of the blues, such as an inability to sleep or persistent sadness, in more than 3,000 people before and after marriage.If you want help beating depression and want to find more happiness, get married. An Ohio State University study indicates that getting married enhances mental health, especially...
  • Pope: "Democracy Without Values Easily Turns Into Open Or Thinly Disguised Totalitarianism"

    01/31/2006 3:44:11 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 676+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1 February 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, January 30, 2006 ( - In an address to the leaders of the Christian Associations of Italian Workers Friday, Pope Benedict XVI warned, "As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism." Benedict was in fact making his own the statement first uttered by his predecessor John Paul II, who made the statement in 2000. (see coverage: ) Benedict XVI highlighted how, in our time, science and technology "present huge possibilities for improving everyone's lives," but warned that "the misguided use of such power can provoke grave and irreparable threats to the...
  • Straight men's contest planned

    12/19/2005 5:59:05 PM PST · by Enterprise1788 · 16 replies · 601+ views
    The Republican (Springfield MA) ^ | December 17, 1986 | Lori Stabile
    HOLLAND - Pastor Thomas J. Crouse is looking for a few good heterosexual men. Crouse, pastor of Holland Congregational Church, is not running a dating service. He is sponsoring a "Mr. Heterosexual" contest, where contestants will tear Oprah magazines, play "Name that Potato Chip" blindfolded, discuss the best use of duct tape and display a talent. All for $100 and a "Mr. Heterosexual" trophy. The event will also feature an appearance by a man who once lived what Crouse calls "the homosexual lifestyle" but has been "freed through Jesus Christ." "If someone's a homosexual and struggling with homosexuality, then Jesus...
  • Vatican Decries `Pansexual Culture' (World AIDS Day Message)

    11/29/2005 1:23:50 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 688+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 29, 2005
    The Vatican decried a culture of sex that is fueling the AIDS crisis and said Tuesday that keeping sexual activity exclusive to marriage was the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care issued a message for World AIDS Day, which is marked every Dec. 1.In it, the Vatican said sexual transmission remains the most important pathway of infection even more than by mother to child and blood transfusions."This is greatly fostered by a kind of pansexual culture that devalues sexuality, reducing it to mere pleasure without any further meaning," it said."Radical...
  • Why the Left Hates Sex

    11/29/2005 7:58:53 AM PST · by Dan Evans · 75 replies · 2,062+ views
    Townhall ^ | Nov 28, 2005 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    Dennis Prager recently argued that the Left values equality more than it hates evil. He is absolutely right. But I can go Dennis Prager one better: the Left hates sex. Not sexual activity, mind you. No, the Left is hyper-active sexually. I mean something much deeper: the Left is war with the fact that we are sexual beings. Let me explain. The Left can not accept that we are born as either male or female. You might expect me to say that the Left hates gender. But to say that is to accept their terms for the debate. Gender is...
  • Fury in India over call for more Hindu babies

    11/28/2005 12:13:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 2,975+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 28, 2005
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A leading Hindu hard-liner has angered women and Muslims by pressing Hindus to have as many children as they can to avoid being swamped by Muslims. K.S. Sudarshan, who heads the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party which led India until last year, said a higher Hindu birth rate was vital to check a "population imbalance". "Whenever new people come to me for blessings, I tell them: 'Not less than three (children)'. The more you can, the better," he said at a function broadcast on television recently. Women's groups in...
  • Preserving Marriage: The Union of One Man and One Woman

    11/11/2005 10:20:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 420+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 11.08.05 | Catholic Bishops of Maryland
    Preserving Marriage: The Union of One Man and One Woman The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised Marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. Catechism of the Catholic Church Maryland law acknowledges that marriage is the union of one man and one...
  • EWTN Series: Good or Evil, Who Decides?

    09/13/2005 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 3,203+ views
    good or evil: who decides?Dr. Raymond DeSouza Who decides what is good or evil? The state? Society? The individual? Join Dr. Raymond De Souza as he teaches about the Natural Law and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.Contact:Dr. Raymond De Souza PO Box 111 Western Australia 6058 Telephone:[61] 08 9202 1300 Back to Series List