The One Last Hope to Save the Culture

I think we have, in our hands, an achievable way of changing America in a way that will seem as sudden and earth-shaking as the 1960s civil rights revolution or the 1989 anti-Communist revolution. But first I think it’s important to give some context. What needs to be saved about the American culture in the first place? The family. A nation is only as strong as its foundation, and for a society,... More

“That life is what matters. And *you* matter.”

Not gonna lie, some of these reactions made me choke up a little and they all made me smile a whole lot. Just a beautiful testament to parenthood and the one-flesh union that produces new human persons. I loved especially the one mother who said, “we’re pregnant,” as opposed to “I’m pregnant,” and whose husband, after kissing his wife, knelt down and said, R... More

Incredibly Powerful Pro-Life Video Featuring…President Obama?

You’ll never believe he said it. President Obama is responsible for some of the most moving pro-life rhetoric I’ve heard: This is our first task: caring for our children. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. [. . .] If there’s even one step we can take to save a child, then surely we have an obligatio... More

Some Hope For You

Benedictine College monks and students drove halfway across America in four buses. At the Gregorian Institute, I’ve posted a slideshow of Benedictine College’s epic journey to and from the Washington, D.C., March for Life (this year, it took 36 hours just to get there). Also, in a kind of modern-day Canterbury Tales the young monks at our Abbey made a podcast sharing some of the experi... More

Look upon them whom thou hast pierced.

The redemptive meaning of suffering manifests solely in contemplation of the crucified God. Emily Stimpson’s self-reflective observations about her own reaction yesterday to those gruesome images of mutilated babies killed in abortions brought me back to a consistent image. She said, what I saw weren’t just body parts and pools of red. I saw a baby—bloody and broken, but a baby neverthel... More
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The Power of an Image

Emily, I appreciate what you say. I try to look away from those graphic images. But I know I should look. Face the evil. And so I do and am both heartbroken, like you, and outraged and horrified. But I was really saddened yesterday to see them. At one point in the morning I was rushing across Independence Avenue, I believe, and there were the genocide billboard display on one side and a truck with... More

We Won’t Go Away

This is the fifth anniversary of this piece I wrote originally as a National Catholic Register editorial, but which has been republished yearly. America, we won’t go away. Many people wish we would, and heaven knows we would rather be doing almost anything else. But we can’t go away, and we won’t. I’m sure you’ve seen us. We may have made you angry, or sad, or we may have made you turn q... More
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Truth Inside Out, An Army of Davids to the Rescue

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles writes: Our country was founded on a great moral truth — that all men and women are created equal and are born with God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Roe v. Wade turned this beautiful truth on inside out. The Supreme Court, in effect, said that our rights do not come from God but instead are bestowed by government — by courts... More

March for Life, with Franciscan University

You may see baby feet. Some in our government keep their eyes closed, it seems. In a few moments I’ll be heading down to D.C. for my seventh consecutive March for Life. Each year it seems like something going on makes that year especially important, but with the HHS ruling of this week I think I really can say that this year’s seems even more important than all the other very important... More
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For Them, the March Starts Friday

Benedictine Ravens in D.C. Today is the day the March for Life starts — if you’re from Kansas. My family has participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., almost every year for the past 20 years. It was easy when we lived in Washington and Connecticut, but at least one of us has continued to go even after we moved. Benedictine College sends four busloads on the days-long journey each... More
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