Children's Rights · divorce · Sexual politics

Divorce Reform: Take your stand.

Representative Matt Krause of Texas has introduced a bill to limit no-fault divorce in that state. Ruth Readers: it is time to put up or shut up about family breakdown. We have a petition that anyone can sign. It just says we support Rep Krause’s effort to limit no-fault divorce. You do not have to… Continue reading Divorce Reform: Take your stand.

Catholic culture

Intentions for the Feast of St. Joseph

My son and I visited New Orleans over the weekend. Unbeknownst to me: St. Joseph’s Day is a Thing over there. Or maybe the Feast of St. Joseph is a Thing among Italians everywhere. In any case, we saw a lovely and elaborate St. Joseph’s Altar in the French Market in the French Quarter. I… Continue reading Intentions for the Feast of St. Joseph

Abortion · Authentic Reproductive Justice · divorce · Structural Injustice

Authentic Reproductive Justice

“Reproductive justice” is generally code for “abortion on demand and without apology.”  I propose we talk about “authentic reproductive justice,”  which means justice for the child. Justice for children means that every child conceived has a right to be welcomed into life. The financial condition or age or belief systems of their parents are irrelevant. Equality… Continue reading Authentic Reproductive Justice

Abortion · Population Control · Roses From Ruth · World Politics

Kudos to the Canadian Bishops Conference

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops blast PM Trudeau for his plan to fund abortions and challenges to abortion laws in developing countries. The bishops state: “Such a policy is a reprehensible example of Western cultural imperialism and an attempt to impose misplaced but so-called Canadian “values” on other nations and people. It exploits women… Continue reading Kudos to the Canadian Bishops Conference

annulment · Catholic culture · divorce · Poll-Quiz

Should a Catholic divorcee date without an annulment?

I encountered a bit of controversy yesterday in a Facebook discussion. Please help me sort this out. Pretend you are a divorced person, who is seeking an annulment. By chance, you connect with an old flame from high school. Please read the following passage, and see if it helps you discern whether you should start… Continue reading Should a Catholic divorcee date without an annulment?

Abortion · Chinese One Child Policy · Pope St. John Paul II

Follow up: Chinese “Family Planning” Policy

Yesterday’s post showed that Catholics should be proud of standing firmly against population control. The Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science invited unrepentant population controllers to their meetings. These people obviously have some agenda other than the salvation of souls. Today, as if on cue, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers publishes this heart-rending account of… Continue reading Follow up: Chinese “Family Planning” Policy

Catholic Controversies · Pope Francis · Population Control

What’s with the Vatican “Biological Extinction” gab-fest?

A conference, held at the Vatican, is called “Biological Extinction.” What is this all about? What magisterial weight, if any, does it carry? “The Vatican” is a broad term that can be misleading. In this case, the conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Social Sciences and the Pontifical Council of Science. According to… Continue reading What’s with the Vatican “Biological Extinction” gab-fest?