“Charlie Hebdo” – Free Speech Or A Very Different Issue Altogether?

The inexcusable and inhuman attacks on the staff of the French publication Charlie Hebdo have prompted some good discussion about free speech. But is free speech really the issue? George Weigel writes what may be the most interesting article on this topic and maintains that the Charlie doesn't actually fall under the category of satire. Rather its tone is closer to nihilism. The issue is not about rights, but about deeper philosophical considerations that shape our very understanding of the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles, Sunshine, and Pro-Life

Photo - Pia de Solenni

Los Angeles knows how to do a pro-life walk/rally. After oh-so-many freezing (but, of course worth it!) Marches for Life in DC and Olympia, WA, it was almost surreal to be at a pro-life gathering with warm sunshine instead of snow, rain, and whatever other chilling effects of weather that exist.70 degrees. Sunscreen. Sunglasses. Sitting on the grass. In the sunshine. Saturday, January 17.Aside from the spectacular weather, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in its first ever pro-life rally … [Read more...]

From Ferguson – A Different Voice

Photo from @RyanJReilly/HuffPost.

Look, I get anger. I get injustice. I get the sense that people need to do something about it. But I don't get senseless violence and destruction, which is why I've stayed quiet about Ferguson. Many others have done a fine job commenting on it.However, I just came across a great video of a St. Louis native, Terrence Williams, whose photo went viral when it was recently published by the Huffington Post.Honestly, I'm conflicted. I don't think a photo like this should be news. Then again, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis – Still Catholic, Still Pro-Life


 On Saturday, Pope Francis gave an address to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on the occasion of the organization's 70th anniversary.For those who have been pondering whether the Pope is still Catholic, still pro-life, etc., I recommend it. And it's a good read regardless. In particular, his emphasis that medical ethics is not about religion or philosophy. It's about science: The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a "false compassion", that which believes that it … [Read more...]

CNN Reporting 11 Women Killed From A Sterilization Campaign In India

For those who suggested that my post last week, the one with the statement from the Kenyan Bishops on the tetanus vaccines, was feeding into conspiracies about sterilization, CNN has a report today on the deaths of eight eleven women who have died after being paid to undergo sterilization in India.Watch the piece above or read the CNN article.Some interesting things to note from the CNN information -[Paid] sterilization campaigns are common in India. Presumably poor women were … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Did the Kenyan Bishops Just Expose WHO & UNICEF?


Yesterday, the Bishops of Kenya issued what appeared to be a courageous statement exposing a clandestine population control program disguised as a tetanus vaccine program.From their findings - 2.   The Tetanus Vaccine Dear Kenyans, due to the direction the debate on the ongoing Tetanus Vaccine campaign in Kenya is taking, We, the Catholic Bishops, in fulfilling our prophetic role,  wish to restate our position as follows:The Catholic Church is NOT opposed to regular vaccines ad … [Read more...]