Archives for April 2008

The Ascension of Christ

“So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon [Read More…]

Obama and Abortion: A Pro-life Atheist’s Take

Nat Hentoff, a self-described “Jewish, atheist, civil libertarian, left-wing pro-lifer,” had a column in the Washington Times on Monday describing his disillusionment with Candidate Obama over the abortion issue: My initial inclination to support Sen. Barack Obama’s road to the White House came from his work as a Chicago community organizer and his record in [Read More…]

On The Morality of War: In Essence and In Practice*

On January 13, 2003, in his Address to the Diplomatic Corps, Pope John Paul II famously said, “War is not always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity.” There are many ways one could take this comment. If these words are taken on their own, outside of the context of the speech it was [Read More…]

Edmund Burke on rights and order

Jonathan Rauch has a good piece in the current issue of The Atlantic on one of my favorite writers, Edmund Burke. His summary of Burke’s political thought is below the fold. [Read more…]

Deal Hudson and Deacon Sambi

In relation to my previous post, it goes without saying that Deal Hudson is at the front of the line in terms of demanding that pro-abortion politicians be denied communion. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Bush’s outreach man, the original Republicath. He is now fixated on whether nuncio Sambi gave communion to Kerry, Dodd, and [Read More…]

Quote of the Week: Vladimir Soloviev*

Moral principle, which is essentially recognized by all normal people (although on different grounds and with different degrees of precision), affirms that human dignity must be respected in each person, and that, therefore, it is not possible to make anyone whatsoever only a means or an instrument for anyone’s use. But in the theory of [Read More…]

Communion Wars, Again

I guess this should have been predictable. While those of us lucky enough to attend a papal Mass will always treasure that wonderful and unique experience, a small embittered group immediately starting jumping up and down and waving their fists– first about how they didn’t like the liturgy (yes, it’s about them, isn’t it) and [Read More…]

The Death Penalty: A Compromise

Capital punishment is a very controversial issue. Some would say that, regardless of what evils a person has done, it is not right to kill him, for human life is sacred, and further that there is something especially noxious about the death penalty because it is irrevocable, and if a person is ever wrongly executed [Read More…]

Is cutting the federal gas tax the answer?

McCain and Clinton seem to think so. Obama disagrees and perhaps rightly so.  I have heard many economists on the radio and read several articles that do not support the gas tax cut either so enthusiastically.  Based on my conversation with people in the refining industry and friends in general, I’m getting the sense that [Read More…]