Lifeissues.net has published my book review of Lisa De Niscia’s novel, Momentary Mother. The review (at http://lifeissues.net/writers/kol/kol_31bookreview.html) summarizes attributes of characters in De Niscia’s novel and critiques its literary features, especially its use of a Hemingway literary device.
During the recent annual March for Life in Washington, most of the accompanying speeches by political leaders were delivered, as has become expected, by Republican members of Congress. I believe there were a scant two Democrats in the mix. There could be more in support of the marchers – yet the point is that we have grown […]
Courtesy of LifeNews.com, here is an analysis by Gregor Puppinck of the resolution adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/26/victory-council-of-europe-adopts-resolution-against-euthanasia/?pr=1 The Resolution includes this strong statement:“Euthanasia, in the sense of the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit, must always be […]
Meeting with U.S. bishops in Rome on January 19, 2012, Pope Benedict urged them to mobilize “every level of ecclesial life” against cultural and political trends that threaten “humanity itself.” He called on all Catholics “to offer public witness to their faith, especially with regard to the great moral issues of our time: respect for […]
Here is a link to a very good essay (“The Unbearable Wrongness of Roe”) by Michael Paulsen. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/01/4577 The essay was posted today, the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As Paulsen notes, today thousands will be marching for life in Washington DC and around the country. The number of young people at these marches […]
Here is a link to an interesting post by Wesley Smith on the further advance of euthanasia in Belgium. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2012/01/17/pushing-euthanasia-as-the-rule/ Richard m.
The February 2012 issue of Contraception, The Official Journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the Society of Family Planning, has a research study that investigated the safety of using digoxin for fetal demise before second-trimester abortion by dilation and evacuation (D&E). Digoxin is a powerful heart medication that when injected into the […]
The five Catholic bishops of Indiana recently made an important contribution to the passionate and ongoing debate about the “right-to-work” legislation being introduced in the Indiana legislature. That legislation would eliminate requirements that non-union employees pay fees to a union recognized in their workplace. As a long-time union supporter, I have opposed the proposed law, […]
Here is the link to the Cardinal O’Connor Conference website. http://cardinaloconnorconference.com/ This year’s conference, which will be held at Georgetown University on January 22, 2012, features an impressive line-up of speakers including Archbishop Chaput and US Representatives Chris Smith, Jean Schmidt, and Ane Maria Buerkle. Richard M.
Back in December, I mentioned an intriguing debate about Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs. http://www.uffl.org/blog/2011/12/13/father-miscambles-defense-of-harry-truman/ Here, from Christopher Tollefsen, is the latest contribution to the debate (which I had not seen until recently). http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/12/4463 The debate has important implications for the pro-life cause. Richard M.