Natural Law

Disappointment, outrage over papal document on the Amazon

By Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the Amazon disappointed those hoping for an opening of clerical roles to married men and women, with many noting that the pope failed to extend his prophetic voice about environmental... read more

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples

No, Cardinal Marx, the Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Couples By Eduardo J. Echeverria, December 30, 2019 Once again, the German archbishop, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, responded positively to the question, “What do you do when a homosexual couple asks you for an episcopal blessing.”  He... read more

Popes Francis Again Confronts Gender Ideology

By Paul Kengor, Crisis, July 17, 2017 “The Vatican’s new document on gender will be used to oppress and harm LGBT people. It perpetuates false stereotypes that encourage hatred, bigotry, and violence.” That statement from New Ways Ministry was tweeted by Fr. James Martin in reaction... read more

A comment on a cardinal’s tweet re capital punishment

By Edward Peters, JD, JDC, In the Light of the Law Blog, June 17, 2019 Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.” The supposedly clear and... read more

Chaput: ‘Rebuild a Christian society without divided loyalties’

Rochester, Minn., Apr 12, 2019 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- The once Christian culture of the West has forgotten its roots, Archbishop Charles Chaput said Friday, warning that basic principles of human dignity and freedom are now at risk. The leader of the Philadelphia archdiocese told an April... read more
Cardinal Robert Sarah

‘As a bishop, it is my duty to warn the West’: An interview with Cardinal Sarah

The Vatican cardinal discusses his hard-hitting new book in this exclusive interview with La Nef Cardinal Robert Sarah, Catholic Herald (US), April 5, 2019 Cardinal Robert Sarah is publishing the third of his book-length interviews with Nicolas Diat: The Day is Far Spent. An unflinching... read more

Elizabeth Anscombe’s Philosophy of the Human Person

By Michael Wee, March 17, 2019 Elizabeth Anscombe’s philosophical investigation of man’s spiritual nature offers a much-needed antidote to the materialism of our times. For Anscombe, to search for the spiritual is not to look somewhere obscure, but to look at the everyday facts of human... read more

Confronting the Bullies

  By Dale O'Leary, CrisisMagazine.com, January 16, 2019 The culture war drags on and Christians are in the crosshairs. Defending the faith and our right to present our case in the marketplace of ideas requires a sober analysis of our opponents’ strategies. In this battle we are... read more

Partisan Politics Preventing Pastoral Practice

By Randall Smith, January 31, 2018, The Catholic Thing Imagine it is 1930, and someone has established a “pastoral outreach” to the Jewish people of Germany. One group hears about this program and insists that if it does not involve attempts to convert these Jews to Christianity, it will... read more

A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment

BY JAMES JACOBS, AUGUST 17, 2017 Defending himself against the accusation of capital crimes, Socrates famously asserted that the main concern should not be the value of a man’s life, but the value of his life insofar as it is good and just. Socrates crucial point is that justice is more... read more

Cardinal Caffarra Among Signatories of Declaration Upholding Church’s Teaching on Marriage

Declaration drawn up in response to what signatories see as continued confusion over the Church's moral teaching following the Synods on the Family and Amoris Laetitia. BY EDWARD PENTIN 09/28/2016 An increasing number of laity, clergy and prelates, including such prominent Church leaders as... read more