• Contemplating the stump of Jesse, an Advent tradition

    Jesse was out in the barn checking on the draft animals when the king’s messenger arrived. He announced that King Saul wanted Jesse’s son David to come and play the harp for him. David had certainly become very popular, Jesse thought to himself. Just a short time earlier the prophet... Read more
  • In new musical, disability rights activist tackles assisted suicide

    London, England, Nov 27, 2016 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- Physician-assisted suicide has been a subject of controversy for several years, but Liz Carr is taking the issue somewhere it has never been before: the musical theatre. Carr, a disabilities activist, comedian and actress, created a production... Read more
  • Fidel Castro’s War on Religion

    Fidel Castro, from 1959-2006 the world’s longest-running Marxist dictator, is dead at the age of 90. He was no friend of the Cuban people, or of Cuban Catholics. He was a brutal leader who was responsible for the deaths of thousands, and who silenced the prayers and voices of many... Read more
  • On Our Need for the Real Thomas More

    Next month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the film, A Man for All Seasons. And if it’s impossible to imagine such a picture on such a theme winning Oscars today, then let’s be grateful that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got it right by giving Fred Zinnemann’s splendid... Read more
  • Double Standards on Abortion and Animal Rights

    In Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights, Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf, two Cornell Law professors, rationalize their simultaneous support for animal rights and opposition to the rights of unborn humans. The authors, a man and a woman who live with their “two human daughters” and... Read more
  • Bishop Praises Down Syndrome Video Banned in France

    I was saddened but not surprised to read in the Huffington Post about the “Dear Future Mom” video that has been banned on French television. I viewed the video, and was moved by the wonderful expressions of life and love by young adults with Down Syndrome, who spoke of the  gifts... Read more
  • Death by Fidel

    Fidel Castro is dead. To say those words is so strange. I’ve never known a moment when he wasn’t alive. Castro came to power seven years before I was born, and I’m almost 50. I’ve been lecturing on the man every fall semester for 20 years, spending two or three weeks on him, his ideology,... Read more
  • What a tortured prisoner of war taught me about the Rosary

    I heard the story as a teenager — long before I became Catholic — and I cannot now recall whether it came to me through a newspaper, or a human-interest story on TV, but it grabbed me and the images have remained fixed in my mind. They are that striking. A young American soldier was... Read more
  • Advent Is Mary’s Time

    “To celebrate Advent means: to become Marian, to enter into that communion with Mary’s ‘Yes,’ which, ever anew, is room for God’s birth, for the ‘fullness of time,’” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Advent is a Marian time in many ways, from preparing for Jesus’ birth to... Read more
  • US Bishops: ‘We Are United in the Debt We Owe to God, Our Desire to Give Him Thanks’

    WASHINGTON — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, offer Thanksgiving Day wishes to the nation. Full statement follows: On Thursday, our nation will... Read more