It is true that an unplanned pregnancy can be an embarrassment, create a severe financial strain, and cause parents (especially the mother) to drop out of school early. That does not justify, under any normal legal analysis, the taking of a life. We do not take it as a justification for homicide, for instance, if an elderly parent strains the finances or psychological balance of a household. In no situation other than abortion does an individual or group of individuals have a right to kill based upon status alone.
By Ronald Rychlak | March 3, 2011; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (5)
Let's face it, how can any church or any community hope to flourish if it does not value the lives and health of its women, the mothers of us all?
By Serene Jones | January 24, 2011; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (2)
As his case moves toward sainthood, the outlines of John Paul's significance are becoming clear: he will be the saint of the suffering body.
By Mathew N. Schmalz | January 20, 2011; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)
Our modern world is still so afraid of our sexual selves, still so wrapped in taboos and superstitions, that it is willing to turn this ongoing tragedy into a statistic, a talking point, a moral lesson, instead of seeing the industry of ignorance, suffering, and death in which it is engaged.
By Jason Pitzl-Waters | November 22, 2010; 10:35 PM ET | Comments (1)
The worst part is that in all the fuss over what the pope did or didn't say about condoms, many have missed the even more note-worthy and thought-provoking comments from the Benedict XVI in Light of the World.
By Danielle Bean | November 22, 2010; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (13)
Catholic church teaching on sexual morality has not changed and it will not change because it cannot be changed.
By George Weigel | November 22, 2010; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (11)
I live in fear for the day when members of various dominant faith groups start voting lock-step with the pronouncements of their spiritual leaders, because true democracy would soon wither and die in such an environment.
By Jason Pitzl-Waters | November 1, 2010; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (12)
I trust that Protestant spokespersons better skilled than in their theology will not only point out the folly of this Qur'an burning, but take the moment to clarify that there is more to Christianity than individuals making it up as they go along.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | September 8, 2010; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (3)