For the Love of a Worm

    It has been almost thirty years since I met Derek, but I can still hear his mother’s words echoing in my mind. “This is Derek,” she said as her cherubic looking toddler looked up at me, “He’ll be trouble.” I wondered, in that moment, how a mother could choose to...
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Pope Francis Highlights Problems of Surrogacy in Calling for Global Ban

  Pope Francis recently made the news for his call for a global ban on “surrogate motherhood,” or the process of women selling their womb and carrying a baby for someone else. During a Jan. 8 speech to ambassadors, Pope Francis said, “The path to peace calls for respect for...
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Preach the Gospel, Heal the Church  

    Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2 (RSV) Hundreds of thousands of abortions occur each year in the United States. Many of the women (and men) involved in these...
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Martin Luther King—In His Own Words

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I thought I’d offer some quotes from his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” written from a prison cell to the clergy in 1963. Parts of the letter have become well known, such as King’s insistence that “Injustice...
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Gretchen Whitmer ensures there will be no survivors in the war on human life

  Under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan has sought to repeal every pro-life protection on the books. Michigan now allows for abortion up until the moment of birth following a referendum vote and legislation signed by Whitmer. Now, the governor has signed...
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The Wisdom of the Wise Men

    The twelve days of Christmas end on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates “wise men from the east” (Matthew 2:1) coming to worship the child Jesus in Bethlehem. They are commonly called “Three Kings,” but the Bible doesn’t call them that and doesn’t...
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The Low Cost of (Some) Labor in Michigan

    Democrats hype themselves as friends of workers and of labor.  But there’s one case—in Michigan of all places!—where they seem ready to favor labor at below minimum-wage rules. In fact, they have no labor rules at all. I’m talking about the labor connected with...
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Introduction Fall 2023

    You are perhaps used to seeing Ellen Wilson Fielding’s essays bringing up the rear of featured articles; indeed, I am used to placing them there to assure a strong close. But this time our senior editor takes the lead, and what a brilliant one “Descending from...
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Pro-life Persuasion Remains Possible and Necessary

    [Leah Libresco Sargent is the author of Building the Benedict Option. She runs the Substack community Other Feminisms. This article first appeared in National Review magazine (October 14); © 2023 by National Review. Reprinted by permission.]...
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The Exportable Dobbs: Elements Useful in Other Countries

    [The following is a version of a talk presented at the University Faculty for Life conference in June, 2023, in St.Paul, MN. Richard Stith received both his law degree and a doctorate in ethics from Yale University. Long a member of the board of University Faculty...
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