In an article in the Irish Times, former Irish President Mary McAleesh offered a rather shocking opinion, stating that by baptizing babies, the Catholic Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience.”
In the creation of a consistent pro-life message, we have been reminded of late that being pro-life means being a supporter of the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death, of the plight of the migrant and refugee to that of the elderly. Yes, being pro-life means more than just being anti-abortion. However, one truly cannot be pro-life if one supports abortion “rights.”
This past week, we read the reports of the deaths by suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
Last week, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released an article in L’Osservatore Romano, Vatican City-State’s official newspaper, stating once again that the ordination to the ministerial priesthood is reserved to men.
Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, “13 Reasons Why,” details the story of a young girl, Hannah Baker, who – after suffering much abuse, both physically and online, and after the tragedy of sexual assault – takes her own life.
The Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum May 25 seeking a change to the Eighth Amendment to its Constitution. This referendum is important, to say the least. It will affect the future of Ireland.
Motherhood never goes out of style. No matter how much people try to blend the genders in an attempt to achieve equality, the simple fact is that everyone appreciates the beauty of being a mother. Ask any mom, she tells you that there’s nothing else like the bond between mother and child.
There has rarely been more of a hostile environment between the mainstream press, the popular culture, and the White House. President Donald J. Trump, because he is the President, and because of his positions, his policies, and his persona, is constantly mocked.
The death of baby Alfie Evans last Saturday in England is a tragedy for the world. It is, above all else, a tragedy for his family. We, as a caring Christian community, should not cease to pray for this young man and his parents.
The past week in Rome, the Vatican offered a course for priests appointed by their dioceses to serve as exorcists. These priests are specifically chosen by their bishops and religious superiors to engage in this intense training which was held at the Pontifical University “Regina Apostolorum” from April 16 to 21.