The unification of life

When thinking through the intersection of Catholicism and public policy, you begin to realize how deep and diverse the Church is. I write as a convert, raised in a Texas Southern Baptist household under the formidable and loving guidance of a family of deacons. There are many striking aspects of Catholicism for the former evangelical, including the realization that disagreement among Catholics is frequent, valid, and even desirable. Disagreement about public policy forces the serious person to think through the… Read more

A Metaphysical Critique of the Cultural Diversity Attitude

During my last years as a graduate student at Saint Louis University, the university renovated its student center in which was to be found a chapel frequented by many students, oftentimes for a quick prayer between classes or even for a moment of Eucharistic adoration. As seems to be the rage at many Catholic universities and colleges these days, the chapel was demolished and replaced instead with a new multicultural center. In effect, university’s Catholic identity was reduced to only… Read more

Abortion – Show me the Money!

Ready for a couple of simple statements?First — Stop all government money that finds its way to the abortion industry and the number of abortions will decrease.Second – but not dealt with in this post: Track back the funding for abortions and block it (with education, social pressure and legal means) and the number of abortions will decrease.Yes, I believe that it will be best when the laws finally change to protect the lives of our unborn babies. (The picture… Read more

What Do Frances Kissling and Phyllis Schlafly Have in Common?

Until recently, Frances Kissling was the president of Catholics for a Free Choice, a group claiming that a pro-abortion stance was somehow compatible with Catholicism. Sitting at the polar opposite of the political spectrum, Phyllis Schlafly is a right-wing icon. She founded the Eagle Forum, and was central to derailing the Equal Rights Amendment. Although a Catholic, her worldview owes more to a strong secular nationalist ideology, with shades of American exceptionalism. Schlafly is also a firm believer in the… Read more

Howard Zinn on families as “pockets of insurrection”

In a chapter of his stunning A People’s History of the United States that discusses the rise of the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s, Howard Zinn writes:In the problem of women was the germ of a solution, not only for their oppression, but for everybody’s. The control of women in society was ingeniously effective. It was not done directly by the state. Instead, the family was used — men to control women, women to control children, all to be… Read more

Killing for Life

It is not permissible to kill in order to impose a solution. – Pope John Paul IIAs a Catholic anarchist, I hope to be a disconcerting gurgle within the harmonious chords of Vox Nova. I believe that the Church is marching towards an entirely new understanding of itself and its Christ, or to put it more accurately – a more complete understanding of itself and its Christ.I want to start with a softball of a Catholic question – the death… Read more

I Am In Both Camps

The other day at a Catholic school where my sister teaches, a student prayed “for the conversion of all liberals.” My sister asked after prayer, “Why on earth are you praying for the conversion of all liberals?” The student replied, “because they are in danger of hell.”My sister was exasperated when she told this story to me. I got a laugh out of it because we were raised in a similar background to that student. It has taken our adult… Read more