Category Archives: Feature

Playing with Fire

The Obama campaign does not want this election to be a referendum on the President’s record. And so for months we’ve been told that this election is a choice between two contrasting views of the American future—“the clearest choice of any time in a generation,” as President Obama said at his party’s convention in Charlotte. [...]

That They May All Be One

At a time when our nation’s politics can be a source of strife among the faithful, it is good to remember that the bonds of faith are much deeper — infinitely deeper — than any disagreements about politics. This, by the way, does not diminish or trivialize politics; it places politics in a context in which [...]

Shorter Debate Analysis

There is no point in rehashing much of what has been sad about last night. By this point in your day your have either heard it all or read it all. But I do want to point out a few important reasons why I believe that Mitt Romney not only won the debate, but how [...]

Keeping the Republic

When he emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, the story goes, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a local citizen what kind of government the Convention had devised for the nation. His famous response was, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Good government, especially democratic government, relies upon the character of the people. Democracy [...]

Obama’s Insincere War Against the ‘Slavery’ of Human Trafficking

Yesterday, President Obama gave one of his most insincere speeches to date, and about one of the most vicious and grotesques realities of our time: human trafficking. He stood before those gathered at the Clinton Global Initiative,  a coalition of civil society groups in New York, and decried the horrors of human trafficking. Calling it a [...]

Catholics For Romney Coalition Announced

Romney for President announced yesterday the Catholics for Romney Coalition. While there has been a loosely organized effort to engage Catholics in the campaign, yesterday’s announcement makes things “official.” The Romney/Ryan campaign released a statement announcing the coalition and explaining why Catholics are important in this election: “I am honored to have the support of [...]

Ryan vows contraception mandate ‘Will be gone’ on ‘Day 1′

Paul Ryan is putting his Catholic beliefs front and center as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Ryan has been campaigning around the country and the question of his Catholic faith is sometimes a topic that the media likes to confront him with,  in light of the fact Vice President Joe Biden is also Catholic. So [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Some Thoughts

Since the height of the industrial revolution in the late 19th century, when what we now call Catholic social teaching was first articulated, popes and bishops have been speaking out forcefully on a wide range of issues, none more frequently than the rights of workers. Underlying the Church’s insistence on workers’ rights is the unwavering [...]

An Abortion Survivor Wants to Ask You a Question…

“Many children, more than you might think, actually survive failed abortions and are born alive. I know because I’m one of them.” Those are the opening words of a powerful new pro-life ad from Susan B. Anthony List. Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor whose life was saved by a nurse who heard her crying. She’s now [...]

Just another trauma…

Timothy P. Carney has a remarkable column up at the Washington Examiner.  In the midst of the controversy surrounding Todd Akins’ foolish comments about rape and abortion, Carney takes the opportunity to address some hard truths. The column bears the headline, “When a horrific rape leads to an innocent life,” and I couldn’t recommend it [...]


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