As a Catholic, I stand for the affirmation of life, and that means all life; I affirm the dignity of each human person, given to them at the point of their conception; it is a dignity which never ends, not even at the point of death. Indeed, many people seem to forget this – human dignity extends into eternity; just as it is easy for many to disregard human dignity at the point of conception, it seems even easier to… Read more

Abortion is the murder of a human being. But the solution to murder, to evil, lies not within police, courts, and prisons, but within Christian sacrificial love. Yet most pro-life Catholics in America would disagree with me. Most support legislation (and coercive enforcement) that would outlaw abortion. The assumption is that this would save countless humans from being murdered, and that this would be a terrific victory over evil.I agree that it would end the majority of abortions, but I… Read more

What does abortion in the United States look like? The Guttmacher Institute explores this issue in some detail. For a start, it notes that 57% of women opting for abortion are economically disadvantaged. In fact, the abortion rate among women living below the federal poverty level ($9,570 for a single woman with no children) is more than four times that of women above 300% of the poverty level (44 vs. 10 abortions per 1,000 women). And when asked to give… Read more

Jose Maria Escriva’s book, The Way, has one quote that frequently pops into my mind over the years. It goes something like”Don’t say ‘that person drives me crazy’ say ‘that person sanctifies me.'”We all have one person in our life who is trying to make us a better person, even though they don’t know that. We get a very off centered vision of ourselves and then comes a person in our life who shows us who we REALLY are. Impatient,… Read more

EconomyCentral Asia – Economic changes in Central Asia focusing on the old Silk RoadRomania – Welfare checks to be replaced with goatsHuman RightsChina – The villagers, in Guangxi province, reportedly attacked government offices after officials imposed heavy fines on families who had too many children.China – Changes in women’s rightsRussia and European Union – Tensions in conference over concerns about human rights. (See also)Russia – Mikhail Gorbachev defends Putin’s policiesMigrationBritain – Migrants cause debate over public housing.Lebanon – Concerns that… Read more

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As soon as you enter a debate on the topic of global warming, your interlocutor will sooner or later accuse you of proposing policy actions that could have devastating consequences, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. It’s time, I think, to address this criticism head on with a modicum of vigor. In this, there’s no better starting point than the UK-treasury mandated Stern Review, tasked with considering the costs and benefits of policy actions geared toward reducing greenhouse gas… Read more

“In regards to human vicissitudes, it is not always the mass majority that decides, but the superiority of the moral force that inclines the political balance towards itself.”–Simón BolívarSimón Bolívar (1783-1830), Venezuelan, also called El Libertador (“The Liberator”) was the foremost leader of the fight for independence in Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Panamá. His political and moral ideas have shaped the political thought of most of Latin America until the present day. Read more

Finally, it seems that Democrats are getting their act together and starting to discuss the immigration issue in the Senate. Read more

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