Insisting on Life: Encounter: Worldview Matters, featuring Maria McFadden Maffucci

PASTORAL REFLECTIONS: Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth

A Confession for Life versus the Scandal of Division

BLOG: William Murchison

Free Speech Prevails in Texas


Winter 2023

NEWSworthy: Edward Mechmann

Legal Issues on Chemical Abortions


Happy Birthday, Judge Buckley!

NEWSworthy: Madeline Fry Schultz

HHS weighs declaring access to abortion a “public health emergency’

BLOG: Jason Morgan

Back on the Chain Gang

Pastoral Reflections: Rev. W. Ross Blackburn


Insisting On Life: Maria McFadden Maffucci

Unexpected: A new movie about hope

BLOG: Peter Pavia

The Threshold of No Consequence

Pastoral Reflections: Fr. Gerald Murray

Lent: A Time for Humility and Honesty

BLOG: Diane Moriarty

Jeweler’s Dust

Pastoral Reflections: Rev. George G. Brooks


Truth and Reason in Defense of Life

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Hit and run violence after Roe: Can’t we talk about the morality of abortion?

  It’s not civically edifying or anything else when some jerk throws a Molotov cocktail at a “reproductive health facility”—leave aside the verbal evasion meant to conceal the identity of an abortion clinic. It is no more edifying when another apostle of free speech,...
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Abortion activist attempts to expose crisis pregnancy centers—and fails

Mayday, a pro-abortion nonprofit that pushes the abortion pill on women, sent an investigative reporter to “expose” crisis pregnancy centers of misleading pregnant women. Last month, they came forward with their findings in articles published in a number of outlets. Olivia...
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Exequies and Lamentations: The Waste Land Now

  Some years back, some of my readers might remember, an advertisement for corn whisky ran on billboards across the country: “Old Grand-Dad—Over a Hundred Years Old and Still in the Bars Every Night.” Something of the same might be said about T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land...
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Analog Like Me

  By the fourth week of January, resolutions made for the New Year are likely to have lost any momentum they might briefly have claimed. Resolutions usually take the nature of goals, and goals are fantasies, which isn’t to dismiss them—daydreams serve a purpose. But I prefer...
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Pastoral Reflections

Political Pretense

  Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak (Ps 12:1-2).   Predictably, passage in the House of the Born-Alive Abortion...
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A Joyful Pilgrimage

  The Church recognizes the absolute necessity of repetition. The Christian Year repeats its seasons—Advent through Pentecost Season (or Ordinary Time)—year after year, so that the congregation and the individual can be renewed in the whole Gospel. Week after week, the...
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Insisting on Life

Will the “World’s First Artificial Womb Facility” Incubate 30,000 Lab-Grown Children Every Year?

  Moral disgust and fascination are often two sides of the same coin when it comes to new developments in biotechnology. In many ways, it is the capacity for moral disgust that will save our society by steering us away from the encroaching culture of death. But that capacity...
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Receiving Treatment for an Ectopic Pregnancy Is Neither an Abortion nor a Choice

  The Supreme Court decision last June that overturned Roe v. Wade has initiated a noisy national conversation in which abortion advocates have asserted that elective abortion (or termination) is a treatment for ectopic pregnancies. It is not. And I should know, because...
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Scheidler’s Supreme Victory

“Pro-life action news: Mark Wednesday, Feb. 26, in red letters because it is one big...
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Why Roe/Casey Is Still Unsettled

In his first public criticism of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott v....
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Pro-Woman Messaging: The Strategy to Win the Mushy Middle

For more than four decades, pro-lifers have been characterized as advocates for the...
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The Business of Family Planning

  The global contraceptives market was estimated to be $22 billion in 2016  and...
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