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May 29, 2019

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

Years ago as a Congressional intern, I helped organize a premiere of the documentary MAAFA 21 on Capitol Hill.  One of the statistics I have always remembered is that in the US, over half of the black population is missing due to abortion.

I also learned that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a eugenicist.  She promoted contraception not as a means of controlling the population, but of directing it.

"Sanger and her coauthors identified blacks as 'the great problem of the South'—'the group with "the greatest economic, health, and social problems"'—and developed a birth-control program geared toward this population.  She later emphasized that black ministers should be involved in the program, noting, 'We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.'"

This quote is from a concurring opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on May 28th—TODAY.  The Supreme Court declined to review an Indiana law prohibiting abortions on the basis of race, sex, or disability.

This brings me hope.  People in positions of power know the truth, and they speak it boldly.

My prayer this week is that all of us will have the courage to do the same. - Meaghen Hale

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"On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time." - George Orwell

New Resources

Remaining in God's Love - Ronda Chervin - Church of Love

That God is love is the firm belief of many people.

An excerpt - Anthony Esolen - Defending Boyhood: How Building Forts, Reading Stories, Playing Ball, and Praying to God Can Change the World

I recall a typical day from my boyhood. It is Sunday. That means we are going to church.

Rooting Out the Vermin: Bishop Robert Barron's Letter to a Suffering Church - Nathaniel Peters - Public Discourse

In his new book, Letter to a Suffering Church, Bishop Robert Barron provides a necessary mixture of teaching and empathetic rage.

The consolations of fantasy - Nic Rowan - The New Criterion

On "Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth" at The Morgan Library & Museum.

Verbiest: The Priest Who Invented the Automobile - Father George W. Rutler - Crisis

The list of great Catholic scientists is as long as the years since modern science became conscious of itself, but my clerical perspective would focus on Catholic priests compelled by beauty to discover more about the ordering of things.

How the Church Has Changed the World: He Walked Among Us - Anthony Esolen - Magnificat

"Master," said the young man, "Your way of life is the noblest I've ever known, and when I hear your words about God I seem almost to touch the heavens."

Diplomacy is a delicate art. - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

A chronic temptation of the historian is to play the "Monday morning quarterback" who assumes that he would have made a correct decision in a past crisis.

Editorials of Interest:

An Inheritance of Peace - The Catholic Thing
Heroic Domesticity - First Things
The Marital Debt - Fr. B. Jerabek
Abortions and Eugenics - First Things
What Makes People Have Babies? - Public Discourse
Staying the Course - First Things

Editorials of Interest

Pope Francis: Abortion is never the answer - Catholic Herald

Pontiff says selective abortion of the disabled is an "expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality."

An Inheritance of Peace - The Catholic Thing

Christ's peace is part of His last will and testament, of our inheritance.

The Pell case: Developments down under - CWR

In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of "historical sexual abuse."

After 200-year hiatus, Belgian monks brew again - uCatholic

200 years after their brewery was destroyed during the French Revolution, Belgian monks from the Grimbergen Abbey will once again make their own beer.

'Lust is a monster': Gay porn star quits industry, joins fight against porn - CWR

Markie More, a porn star of six years, disclosed on Monday that he is now working with Fight the New Drug — an organization that educates about the dangers of pornography addiction.

The Impossible Future of Christians in the Middle East - The Atlantic

An ancient faith is disappearing from the lands in which it first took root. At stake is not just a religious community, but the fate of pluralism in the region.

Heroic Domesticity - First Things

History is secretly determined by what happens in the realm of women and children.

The Marital Debt - Fr. B. Jerabek

One very traditional (and important) Church teaching that has all but disappeared from Catholic consciousness in recent decades is that of "the marital debt."

Listening to a child doesn't mean accepting the 'trans' narrative - Mercatornet

TransgenderTrend is a website run by a group of British parents who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose children as transgender.

Abortions and Eugenics - First Things

On May 28 the Supreme Court denied to review an Indiana law prohibiting abortions on the basis of race, sex, or disability. This excerpt of Justice Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion describes the connections between abortion advocacy and eugenics.

'Abortion Saves Lives'? Catholic Doctor Responds to NYT Op-Ed - NC Register

In a NY Times op-ed, a Colorado-based late-term abortion doctor argued that because women are more likely to die in childbirth than from complications related to an abortion, "pregnancy is dangerous; abortion can be lifesaving."

Against Pro-Life Incrementalism - First Things

We should defend the Alabama law because it clarifies the moral stakes: whether abortion ends an innocent life.

Alabama is right: rape can never be healed by abortion - NC Register

Far from freeing a rape victim from the physical and psychological scars, abortion can bring with it its own set of suffering, damage and regrets.

How controlling pop culture helps the left dominate abortion debates - The Federalist

Millions of pro-life women seem to be invisible in abortion debates, or worse, they're labeled "problematic."

In the face of pro-abortion aggression, witnesses to life stand firm - NC Register

A note of encouragement from the publisher.

Love in an age of tolerance and abortion - CWR

Tolerance has a place in this world, but God does not call us to be merely tolerant of other people. He calls us to love them.

What Makes People Have Babies? - Public Discourse

The link between cultural values and fertility rates.

Staying the Course - First Things

Despite criticism and misinformation from pro-choicers, there is significant momentum on the pro-life side right now.

Why one-night stands don't work for women - Washington Examiner

When it comes to uncommitted sex, women are playing a game they can't win.

Boys will be boys (and should be) to become true men - NC Register

How can we bring back the masculine ideal, which has become a casualty of today's cultural confusion?

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

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