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May 22, 2019

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

On May 15, the Governor of Alabama signed the Human Life Protection Act—a near-total ban on abortion.  On May 17, Missouri passed a Heartbeat Bill, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat, making it the eighth state to pass abortion restrictions.

I read a pro-abortion article about the reasoning behind this legislation, which explained the apparently ridiculous idea that pro-life ideology is based on "natural law."

Which makes our reflection this week especially poignant.  Fr. Delp writes, "The certainty which enabled us to distinguish between good and evil by our own inner standard, to decide between useful and harmful, between wisdom and folly, has vanished."

I think Charles Camosy presents a measured opinion on pro-life legislation, arguing that "extremism in defense of the prenatal child ought to be paired with extremism in support of women."  I absolutely agree with him (although I dislike being confined by the term "anti-abortion," when being pro-life is about so much more—in fact, it is already about helping unborn babies and their mothers.  Now we just have to enact that into law).

Finally, Bishop Barron hits the nail on the head in his review of Unplanned: "The lunatic ideology of "choice" [is] if the baby is desired, let's have a party; if the baby is unwanted, kill him and cast his remains in a dumpster.  Pro-choice advocates must know that this is the implication of their philosophy, but Unplanned makes them see it."

I think it's becoming harder and harder to deny the reality of life with any rational coherence.  But I also think it's time to double down and pray, pray, pray that God will lift us out of error.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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"I sought to hear the voice of God And climbed the topmost steeple, But God declared: "Go down again—I dwell among the people." - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

New Resources

"... since they had not repented" - Father Alfred Delp, S.J. -Prison Writings

One of the saddest and most significant things about modern life is that it lacks instinct.

Introduction, chapters 1,2, and 3 - Peter Kreeft - from Forty Reasons I am a Catholic

My title explains itself. But it is misleading...

Awakening From Nihilism - Michael Novak - A speech given by Michael Novak at Westminster Abbey upon receiving the Templeton Prize

Four Lessons from the 20th century.

Pro-life forces must fight for child-care subsidies, pre-K, adoption reforms - Charles C. Camosy - Washington Post

Alabama's legislature has voted to ban nearly all abortions of pregnancy, with exceptions only when life or health of the mother is seriously threatened and when the child has a fatal disease.

Care for the Common Good Requires Sexual Morality - Anthony Esolen - Crisis

Catholics who put themselves forward as advocates of social justice seem to behave as if the sexual teachings of the Church did not bear upon the issue at all.

Seeing Abortion - Bishop Robert Barron - Word on Fire

Biology and metaphysics be damned: our subjective decisions determine reality—and the result is state-sanctioned infanticide.

To his dying day, Tolkien was a daily communicant - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

In recent weeks, long lines streamed into the Morgan Library to see a display of J.R.R. Tolkien's memorabilia and his art, mostly drawings and watercolors.

Editorials of Interest:

The New Primitives - Crisis Magazine
Alabama's Challenge - First Things

Editorials of Interest

Abolish the Priesthood? A Young Priest Responds. - NC Register

The Catholic priesthood will outlast all those who call for its abolition.

Thou Art a Priest Forever - First Things

James Carroll can point to a diseased and depraved priesthood, but he has no awareness of its healthy state, no comprehension of its authentic purpose.

From above and within, how fire hit Notre Dame — the heart of Paris - ABC

See what was lost when this cultural cornerstone went up in flames, and what is now left to build upon as Paris takes stock after the Notre Dame fire.

The New Primitives - Crisis Magazine

Rejection of God does not lead to a flowering of civilization, but rather to a primitivization.

Abortion survivor left alone for hours to die in Argentina hospital - Live Action

This inhumane incident so affected the hospital workers that "seven doctors formalized in writing their conscientious objection to the practice of abortions."

Alabama's Challenge - First Things

By passing a law that protects life in the womb, Alabama has accomplished the unthinkable — according to the highly profitable abortion industry.

Why the States Did Not Prosecute Women for Abortion Before Roe v. Wade - AUL

The political claim that women were or will be prosecuted or jailed under abortion laws has been made so frequently that it has become an urban legend. It shows the astonishing power of contemporary media to make a complete falsehood into a truism.

Courageous Colorado shooting victim was to be a Knight of Columbus - Aleteia

When the school shooting broke out, Kendrick Castillo jumped into action without a thought for himself.

'I'm lucky,' says farmer who cut off his own trapped leg with a pocket knife - CBC

A Nebraska farmer who cut off his own leg with a pocket knife to free himself from a grain auger says his injury is "just a scratch compared to what some people have gone through."

4 dead as Burkina Faso Catholics are attacked again - Aleteia

The attack came just one day after six were killed at Sunday Mass.

It's Time to Promote Good Social Science on Same-Sex Parenting - Public Discourse

Almost none of the studies claiming to find "no differences" between same-sex and heterosexual parenting actually does so.

Ladies, Stop Trying to Have Sex Like Men - The Federalist

Most men can have sex with a woman to whom they are not emotionally attached and not lose sleep over it. That is not the case for most women.

Notre Dame Students Against Porn - First Things

While it's no secret that many students consume pornography, what most people don’t acknowledge is that many students want to stop.

The crucial importance of stay-at-home wives - AEI

Many of the important forms of social capital take more time than a person holding a full-time job can afford.

Twitter banned psychologist for tweeting clinical opinions on trans identity - Christian Post

Ray Blanchard, a Ph.D. psychologist who is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, published a thread explaining that transsexualism and more mild forms of gender dysphoria are kinds of mental disorders.

Social Media Makes Us Miserable - Crisis Magazine

Revealing intimate secrets to strangers is embarrassing, not being vulnerable. Such exhibitionism comes at far greater cost to the specimen than benefit to the audience.

Does Day Care Harm Rich Kids? - IFS

The more money you make at work, the more likely it is that day care will damage your children.

Harvard Study Shows the Dangers of Early School Enrollment - FEE

Are ADHD rates rising because we send children to school at younger ages?

How to make your garden a Catholic prayer space - Aleteia

Gardening is a way to enhance our faith life and practice heavenly virtues. Here's how to make your own "garden of visible prayer."

Why We Need Frog And Toad More Than Ever - Circe Institute

Children's books have become increasingly squeamish when it comes to addressing genuine human problems, let alone the idea that vice must be painfully overcome through virtue.

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us

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