Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed John Paul II

“To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom.” (Blessed John Paul II; The Gospel of Life, 20) October 22 — Optional Memorial of Blessed […]

Where does the Christian West go from Here? Five Crucial Truths

“Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!” Many today do not feel much like rejoicing. Maybe you don’t either! But you have to admit that you would really like to feel better, be happier and have confidence. So what’s up with all the disappointment and anxiety around us? And what can we […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Gaudium et spes on Safeguarding Human Life

Unborn Child

“For God, the Lord of life, has conferred on men the surpassing ministry of safeguarding life in a manner which is worthy of man. Therefore from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.” (Gaudium et spes, 51; Vatican Council II, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from the Bishops of the United States on Abortion and Euthanasia

“Abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others. They are committed against those who are weakest and most defenseless, those who are genuinely “the poorest of the poor.” They are endorsed increasingly without the veil of euphemism, as supporters of abortion […]

Ancient Church Bells Tolling

“We’re the most tolerant society in the world here,” said the taxi driver as I made my way from the train station to my hotel. He seemed friendly, dressed in old clothes with a shaggy beard and a tattered cap turned backwards on his head.  I decided to ask him something about the Netherlands and Amsterdam, the port city on […]

Euthanasia Cannot Be the End of Suffering

Why do we suffer?  Can’t we just take a pill, or have a procedure, or, if we, or one of our loved ones are in terrible pain with no hope of recovering, just “compassionately” end life?    And how does the Church really define the moment of death?  What does “brain dead” really mean?  Can it even be defined?  And […]