May 18, 2007

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

May 18, 2007

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

May 18, 2007

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

May 18, 2007

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

May 18, 2007

Given the nature of a great number of the recent postings, it is clear that the present blog is clearly taking a direction that has as one of its central concerns the philosophico-theological notion of the “person.” In fact, it has been noted that the diverse constituents composing Vox Nova are united, despite their significant differences, in their “pro-person” attitude. Aware of the centrality of the notion of “personhood,” we are led to ask: what is entailed in our notion… Read more

May 17, 2007

Fourth Question (from La Repubblica, Italy):Thank you, your Holiness. In your speech upon arrival, you say that the church forms Christians, provides moral indications, so that people will make free decisions in conscience. Do you agree with the excommunication given to legislators in Mexico City on the question of abortion?Pope Benedict XVI:Yes, this excommunication is not something arbitrary, but it’s part of the Code [of Canon Law]. It’s based simply on the principle that the killing of an innocent human… Read more

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