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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
    LifeNews.com ^ | October 4, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorOctober 4, 2007Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- 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
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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 | CWNews.com
    VATICAN, October 5, 2007 (CWNews.com/LifeSiteNews.com) - 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
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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 LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 3, 2007 | Dr. John B. Shea
    A Poem Fit for Our Times Me and My Friends Special to LifeSiteNews.com 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
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 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 (catholicinsight.com) - 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
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) 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 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2000/feb/00022501.html ) 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 http://saintgabriel.com.au PO Box 111 Western Australia 6058 Telephone:[61] 08 9202 1300 Back to Series List
  • Moral Myopia at the LA Times

    03/29/2005 5:01:01 AM PST · by Tefilo · 122+ views
    Guilty of selective use of evidence and sloppy moral reasoning, LA Times staff writers conclude that Congressman Tom DeLay is a hypocrite, and that Terri Schiavo must dieLast Sunday (March 27), Los Angeles Times' staff writers Walter F. Roche Jr. and Sam Howe Verhovek, wrote an article entitled, "DeLay's Own Tragic Crossroads," in which they told the story of the passing of Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-Texas) father in 1988. In this piece, Roche and Howe attempted to draw a parallel between the elder DeLay's family's choice to discontinue extraordinary life-sustaining measures, and Terry Schiavo's case. A quote from the piece...
  • As She Lay Dying (Libertarian Ilana Mercer Slams Liberals' Rejection Of Natural Law Alert)

    03/25/2005 10:42:46 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 585+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 03/26/05 | Illana Mercer
    I've yet to hear one liberal enunciate in the Terri Schiavo case the principle that moral law supersedes man's law. But whether they defer to reason or to revelation , I've heard scores of conservatives articulate the a priori truth in this case which is: Notwithstanding my own belief in the right to die, the only authority that has jurisdiction over Terri Schiavo is Terri Schiavo. In the absence of a living will or a clear directive from her, a court's decision no matter which court cannot be equated with her will. Ditto her husband's hearsay. We...
  • Saving Terri Schiavo: TFP Calls on America to Reject

    03/16/2005 4:26:35 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 606+ views
    TFP.ORG ^ | MARCH 15, 2005 | Editor, TFP
    America is unsettled over the case of Terri Schiavo. Fifteen years ago, she suffered brain damage that left her totally dependent on others for basic care, including nourishment. Pursuant to a court order, this nourishment is scheduled to end March 18, when Michael Schiavo, her estranged husband and guardian, will have her feeding tube removed.1 Bob and Mary Schindler, Terris parents, have been battling in the courts to prevent their daughters death by starvation. Terri Schiavos Condition Food and water are all Terri needs to stay alive. Reliable health care specialists testify that she is not comatose and can improve...
  • Just the Right Amount of God; George Bush delivers the most philosophical inaugural address ever

    01/26/2005 1:16:19 PM PST · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 397+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/31/2005 | Joseph Bottum
    "WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE political philosopher?" a group of Republican candidates were asked early in the 2000 race for president. And the frontrunner at the time, a Texas governor named George W. Bush, calmly answered, "Christ, because he changed my life." Well. You could barely hear the other candidates' answers in the crash and clatter of overturned chairs as reporters scrambled to reach the phones and call in the story. Some commentators decided Bush was nakedly pandering to Evangelical voters in a Machiavellian ploy so bold that he should have said his favorite political philosopher was, um, Machiavelli. Most of...
  • Kerry Scolds Vatican Over Gay Marriage

    10/31/2004 5:53:56 AM PST · by Diago · 115 replies · 3,041+ views
    E-mail from Priests for Life | 10/31/2004 8:37:02 AM
    Subj: Kerry Scolds Vatican Over Gay Marriage Date: 10/31/2004 8:37:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time From: "Fr. Peter West" To: Kerry Scolds Vatican Over Gay Marriage Associated Press BOSTON - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry scolded the Vatican Friday for saying Catholic politicians like himself have a "moral duty" to oppose laws granting legal rights to gay couples. "I believe in the church and I care about it enormously," said the Massachusetts senator. "But I think that it's important to not have the church instructing politicians. That is an inappropriate crossing of the line in America." The Vatican had urged Catholics...
  • Natural Law in Our Lives, in Our Courts

    09/03/2004 8:47:55 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 34 replies · 579+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | April 2, 2004 | J. Budziszewski
    Natural Law in Our Lives, in Our Courts (Part 1) J. Budziszewski on the 4 Ways of Knowing It AUSTIN, Texas, APRIL 1, 2004 (Zenit) - Legal scholars and theologians debate over the details of natural law, but an expert in the field believes that the fundamentals are something that we can't not know. J. Budziszewski is professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas and author of several books, including most recently, "What We Can't Not Know: A Guide" (Spence Publishing). Budziszewski shared the four God-given witnesses of natural law: deep conscience, the designedness of things in...
  • The Natural Law is What We Naturally Know

    09/02/2004 10:10:00 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 46 replies · 2,054+ views
    Religion & Liberty ^ | May 2003 | J. Budziszewski
    R&L: The concept of natural law underpins the analysis in your latest book What We Cant Not Know: A Guide. What is the natural law? Budziszewski: Our subject is called natural law because it has the qualities of all law. Law has rightly been defined as an ordinance of reason, for the common good, made by the one who has care of the community, and promulgated. Consider the natural law against murder. It is not an arbitrary whim, but a rule that the mind can grasp as right. It serves not some special interest, but the universal good. Its author...
  • The Family Under Seige

    08/28/2004 6:52:40 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 183+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | 08/28/2004 | Zenit
    Symposium in Rome Views the Challenges in Europe ROME, AUG. 28, 2004 (Zenit.org).- As part of the International Year of the Family the European Symposium for University Teachers in late June examined the situation of the family in the continent. In his introduction to the gathering Cesare Mirabelli, former president of Italy's Constitutional Court, noted that the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State" (Article 16). The family, Mirabelli said, is at the center of many personal and social...
  • The Delusion of Darwinian Natural Law

    12/27/2003 12:44:51 AM PST · by bdeaner · 200 replies · 1,714+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | 12/27/03 | Marc D. Guerra
    The Delusion of Darwinian Natural Law Marc D. GuerraIn a short, inconspicuous paragraph in the conclusion to the first edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin speculates that "in the distant future psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation." One hundred and forty years later, Darwin's eerie prediction about the revolutionary effect of his work on human beings' self-understanding seems all too prophetic. After a century of dissemination, the once-novel theory of evolution is widely accepted as established scientific fact. Given the quasi-religious hold...
  • Master of the Quiet Style

    12/09/2003 7:40:12 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 194+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 11-25-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Master of the Quiet Style November 25, 2003 Forty years ago, on November 22, 1963, I was as shocked as billions of other people by the murder of John F. Kennedy. I didnt even notice the passing of another man the same day, whose name at that time I barely knew: the English writer C.S. Lewis. But within a few years, Lewis was my favorite modern writer, and he has remained so. He is best known as a Christian apologist, but he was also a literary scholar of great distinction as well as an immensely popular writer of science fiction...
  • Are Preexisting Marriages Licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Valid?

    11/19/2003 7:19:18 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 4 replies · 146+ views
    self/vanity | November 19, 2003 | Jim Noble
    The Goodrich decision has more to it than meets the eye.The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in the majority opinion, "took note" of what marriage is.Except that the existing laws of Massachusetts and every other state were passed under the assumption that marriage was something else entirely.The SJC used its judicial notice to rule that the marriage law of Massachusetts was invalid, because it did not conform to the Court's (and so far only the Court's) definition of what marriage really is.So, the question immediately arises, are marriages licensed by the State under its invalid marriage statute valid, legal marriages?Is anyone...
  • Terri Schiavo's Fight

    11/15/2003 10:10:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 442 replies · 455+ views
    e3mil.com ^ | 11/15/03 | Tim Drake
    We face a modern paradox that's difficult to reconcile. Animals are treated like persons, while human beings are treated as non-persons. We have only to look at the battle taking place for Terri Schiavo's life in Florida to see that this is true. Because of her disability, Schiavo's husband and the Florida courts decided that it was permissible to end a woman's life by starving her to death. Right-to-die advocates say that in the case of Terri Schiavo, the courts have spoken. In the nick of time, Gov. Jeb Bush, a Catholic, was able to intervene. Sometimes it seems our...
  • A Clash of Orthodoxies

    10/07/2003 2:01:46 PM PDT · by neocon · 7 replies · 119+ views
    First Things ^ | August / September, 1999 | Robert P. George
    A Clash of Orthodoxies Robert P. George Copyright (c) 1999 First Things 95 (August/September 1999): 33-40.A few years ago, the eminent Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington published in Foreign Affairs a widely noted article called "The Clash of Civilizations." Looking at contemporary international relations from a geopolitical vantage point, he predicted a clash of the worlds major civilizations: the West, the Islamic world, and the Confucian East. Huntingtons article provoked a response from one of his own most brilliant former studentsSwarthmores James Kurth. In an article in the National Interest entitled "The Real Clash," Kurth argued persuasively that the clash...
  • Russel Hittinger on Natural Law

    09/12/2003 6:30:02 PM PDT · by ninenot · 7 replies · 261+ views
    Zenit | 9/12/03 | N/A
    Rediscovering the Natural Law Russell Hittinger's "First Grace" Inspired by an Encyclical and a U.S. Abortion Decision TULSA, Oklahoma, SEPT. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Recent Supreme Court decisions, the decline in public morality and an increase in rights rhetoric have prompted many legal scholars and philosophers to invoke the natural law. In his latest book, "The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World," (ISI Books), Russell Hittinger investigates the problem of the natural law and natural rights tradition dividing against itself. Hittinger is the Warren Chair of Catholic Studies and a research professor of law at the University...
  • Conservative Heavyweight: The Remarkable Mind of Robert P. George

    09/03/2003 12:55:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies · 1,206+ views
    Crisis ^ | September 1, 2003 | Anne Morse
    Professor Robert P. George is pacing around a Princeton auditorium before 200-plus undergraduates, preparing to wage an intellectual shock-and-awe campaign against illogical thinking. Some politicians say that theyre personally opposed to abortion, yet pro-choice, says the 48-year-old professor of constitutional law and moral philosophy. But we must ask: Is this a position that can survive the test of logical coherence? After all, if abortion is wrong, surely it is wrong because it is the unjust taking of the life of a developing human being. He pauses to let that sink in and then launches another question: And if one believes...
  • The Non-Absurdity of Natural Law

    09/01/2003 10:17:34 AM PDT · by NMC EXP · 12 replies · 1,519+ views
    WendyMcElroy.com ^ | 02/01/98 | Wendy McElroy
    From The Freeman, February 1998, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp.108-111 by Wendy McElroy There is an immense difference between disagreeing with a theory and considering it to be absurd. The former can be a respectful process that encourages discussion: the latter implies that anyone who holds the theory must be a fool. In vernacular language, the difference can be expressed as, 'is the other guy wrong, or is he just stupid?' Natural Law has always had vigorous opponents who believed, with the early 19th century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, that the theory was nonsense upon stilts. Indeed, Sir Robert Filmer's...
  • + J.M.J. /Blackstone's commentary on Natural and Revealed Law.

    08/24/2003 12:42:12 AM PDT · by gabriel serafian · 2 replies · 183+ views
    "The World of Brutus" site ^ | 1700s | William Blackstone
    + J. M. J. Hello, Jeffrey here. I thought this was timely with regard to the cultural controversies which social conservatives are encountering in this world nowadays. William Blackstone authored legal commentaries and journals which powerfully influenced America's founding fathers. While there are some modern jurists who regard certain aspects of his writings as antiquated, for many generations Blackstone's _Commentaries on the Law_ were included in the cirriculum of many colleges of law, and are still taught in some. Blackstone's _Commentaries_ influenced Thomas Jefferson to cite "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" as grounds for the American colonies...
  • One Man, One Woman

    08/18/2003 12:28:30 PM PDT · by Theosis · 9 replies · 241+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | August 18, 2003 | Pete Vere
    In his ESR editorial last week, James Antle called for a broad discussion concerning recent attempts to redefine marriage. "That's why this discussion must be about more than politics," he writes. "We are not just thinking of ourselves we are thinking about how future generations will be raised and shaping the institutions that will mold them." Antle raises an excellent point. This debate is not merely over individual rights and freedoms, but about the well-being of children as well. As a canon lawyer working full-time within a Catholic marriage tribunal, I see almost daily how marriage impacts both future...
  • A NATION WITHOUT A CONSTITUTION: DID THE SUPREME COURT DISMANTLE THE LAST LAW?

    07/04/2003 11:59:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 698+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | July 4, 2003 | Fr. Bill McCarthy, MSA
    A Nation Under GodOur 243 Founding Fathers in 1776 founded this nation under God upon a tripod: 1. The laws of nature (the natural law). 2. The laws of natures God (the Bible). 3. And the God-given, self-evident, inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of every American citizen. This was known as ordered liberty. The Twin TowersGeorge Washington in his farewell discourse went so far as to say, Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indefensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism which...
  • Marriage and Same-Sex Unions

    06/20/2003 9:45:01 PM PDT · by Theosis · 2 replies · 106+ views
    Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops' Website ^ | June 20, 2003 | Canadian Bishops
    Statement by the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Marriage understood as the lasting union of a man and woman to the exclusion of others pre-exists the State. Because it pre-exists the State and because it is fundamental for society, the institution of marriage cannot be modified, whether by the Charter of Rights, the State or a court of law. Enlarging and thereby altering the definition of marriage in order to include same-sex partners discriminates against marriage and the family, and deprives them of social and legal recognition as the fundamental and irreplaceable basis of society. Permanent...
  • A Lockean Discourse on Self-Defense, Punishment, and Justice

    06/07/2003 11:24:31 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 9 replies · 285+ views
    7. And that all men may be restrained from invading others' rights, and from doing hurt to one another, and the law of Nature be observed, which willeth the peace and preservation of all mankind, the execution of the law of Nature is in that state put into every man's hands, whereby every one has a right to punish the transgressors of that law to such a degree as may hinder its violation. For the law of Nature would, as all other laws that concern men in this world, be in vain if there were nobody that in the state...
  • The Case For and Against Natural Law [First of Kirk's Six Canons Pt.2]

    05/09/2003 5:28:04 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 1 replies · 315+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15th, 1993 | Russell Kirk
    The Case For and Against Natural Law By Russell KirkThe Heritage FoundationLecture Number Four Hundred and Sixty-Nine July 15th, 1993 The literature of natural law is complex, copious, and monthly growing vaster. All I aspire to accomplish in this second lecture on "The Future of Justice" is to offer some general introduction to the subject, together with reflections on the protections and dangers of natural-law doctrines, and observations concerning natural law and constitutional government. A great deal of loose talk about natural law has occurred in very recent years. It was objected to Judge Bork' s nomination to the...
  • Turning the thumbscrews on our liberal conscience

    03/03/2003 2:51:30 PM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 189+ views
    The Times ^ | March 4, 2003 | Michael Gove
    Torture may be wrong - but so are most of the arguments used against it Jack Bauer would know what to do. As any viewer of 24 will be aware, TVs most famous counter-terrorist agent gets results by cutting corners. If necessary, off a terrorists ear. When the death of millions is, potentially, only hours away and the information required to avert mass-murder can be secured by trampling over a terrorists pain threshold, then our hero will cross that boundary. And even as he becomes a torturer hell remain our hero. Because his actions will save countless lives. Of course,...
  • Origin Of Standards

    02/17/2003 12:21:29 PM PST · by PatD · 1 replies · 230+ views
    The Palace Of Reason ^ | February 16, 2003 | Francis W. Porretto
    February 16, 2003 The nation has suffered greatly from the relatively new phenomenon of moral relativism. We can't call it new in any absolute sense; it's got at least a century under its belt. But as an important ingredient in our intellectual stew, it's only about thirty-five years old. Thirty-five years of paralysis and moral enervation. Some ways, it's a marvel we've survived. The fog is starting to clear, though. Crystallizing events have come upon us hard and fast. As painful and outraging as they've been, they've dispersed the moral miasma we've endured with a brisk efficiency. Though they're incomprehensible...
  • Why Natural Law is Making a Comeback

    01/10/2003 7:41:35 AM PST · by Maximilian · 29 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12-20-99 | J. Budziszewski
    Natural Born Lawyers by J. Budziszewski The Weekly Standard - 12-20-99 It is thought rude these days to say so, but there are some moral truths that we all really knowtruths a normal human being is unable not to know. They are a universal possession and an emblem of the rational mind. This doesnt mean that we know them with unfailing clarity or that we have reasoned out their implications. Nor does it mean that we never pretend not to know them or that we never lose our nerve when told they arent true. Yet, such as it is, our...
  • The falsehoods of abortion 30 years after Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion position ignores facts

    01/09/2003 11:32:06 AM PST · by victim soul · 6 replies · 525+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 1.9.03 | THOMAS J. ASHCRAFT
    Thirty years ago this month the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the criminal laws against abortion in all 50 states. By a 7-2 majority, Roe v. Wade and companion case Doe v. Bolton held that abortion was a constitutional right. States were barred from outlawing abortion throughout pregnancy except for limited regulation in the final stages. What pro-abortion activists could not gain in the state legislatures, they got wholesale from the federal courts. Since 1973, pro-abortion ranks have grown. There are now sophisticated groups in politics and the law, funded to a large extent by the abortion industry, dedicated to preserving...
  • Missed Opportunity:How and Why America Didn't Ban Human Cloning

    12/27/2002 9:58:17 PM PST · by victim soul · 8 replies · 579+ views
    CWNews ^ | 10.01.02 | Kenneth Whitehead
    On July 10, 2002 the President's Council on Bioethics, under the chairmanship of Leon R. Kass of the University of Chicago, submitted to President George W. Bush a Report entitled Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry, in which the Council fell short of recommending the total ban on human cloning which the president had strongly called for. A month earlier, in mid-June, it had become clear that the US Senate would not enact-would not even debate-the bill sponsored by Kansas Senator Sam Brownback that would have prohibited all human cloning. Almost a year earlier the House of Representatives...
  • Reason and Faith - Fr. James V. Schall,(NATURAL LAW)

    12/27/2002 3:13:38 PM PST · by Remedy · 14 replies · 2,637+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | December 23, 2002 | Ken Masugi
    This interview was held on December 5th, 2002, at Georgetown University.Ken Masugi: What books on natural law are you teaching right now?Father Schall: C. S. Lewis' book, Mere Christianity, begins its discussion of natural law by asking: "Have you ever heard people quarrelling?" When they quarrel, they say, "I'm right." They next give reasons for why they are right. First one, then the other person, will give reasons why he is right in the quarrel. Within the presuppositions of a quarrel, both sides appeal to some principle of what is right. Basically, whether in the abstract they believe in the...
  • Can natural law and liberalism survive?

    05/20/2002 9:13:28 AM PDT · by aconservaguy · 10 replies · 1,273+ views
    Intercollegiate Studies Institute ^ | Nov. 1, 2001 | Christopher Wolfe
    Lecture Archive Lecture Title: "Natural Law and Liberalism: Can this Marriage be Saved?" based on the following article: "Why We Should (and Should Not) Be Liberals." Speaker: Dr. Christopher Wolfe is Professor of Political Science at Marquette Uiversity and Founding President of the American Public Philosophy Institute, a group of scholars from various disciplines, which seeks to bring natural law theory to bear on contemporary scholarly discussions. His main area of research and teaching has been Constitutional Law and American Political Thought. His books include The Rise of Modern Judicial Review, Judicial Activism: Bulwark of Liberty or Precarious Security?, and...
  • The Influence of The Noahic Covenant on The Fathers of Natural Law

    04/20/2002 4:22:05 PM PDT · by lockeliberty · 5 replies · 784+ views
    http://www.vendyljones.org.il/noahide/easterly.htm ^ | Earnest S. Easterly III, J.D., Ph.D.
    That which God at the time of creation of the nature of man infused into his heart for his preservation; and this is lex aerterna, the moral law, called also the law of nature. And by this law written with the finger of God in the heart of man, were the people of God a long time governed, before the law was written by Moses, who was the first reporter or writer of law in the world. -Lord Edward Coke (1610). There exists a dichotomy between God's sovereignty and the sovereignty of man as expressed in jurisprudence. It becomes possible,...