Repubs and the March for Life

Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Lindsay Graham…am I forgetting any of the Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls? Sarah Palin is reputedly “interested”, but I have no idea how seriously. An interesting fact about these possible standard-bearers for the party that couldn’t pass a post-20 week abortion ban comes from a National Review article: that of them all, only one participated in the March for Life – Rick Santorum.

And of that abortion ban retreat he says: “It’s a group of people who have difficulty defending their position. It’s hard to win the argument if you don’t make it — they don’t want to make it, and then they wonder why it’s tough to defend.”

Jindal might have an excuse: he was apparently in England trying to rouse the British and the rest of the Western world from its slumber by “telling the truth about Islam.”


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The Christmas music…

by Linda Eder has been given its own page, and I’ve added several more songs.


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William May, R.I.P.

Via old friend Kevin Jones comes news of the passing of Dr. William May, Catholic moral theologian. I take note of it because he was one of the first resources a valued friend (and Jesuit priest) pointed me to in my early days as a convert.

An even fuller appreciation is offered by Connie Marshner at the Human Life Review. A fascinating fact therein revealed is that May was an early dissenter from Humanae Vitae. At the time he was “a PhD candidate in philosophy at Marquette University.” [Where else?]. These were the heady days of Charles Curran’s reign of moral heterodoxy at the Catholic University of America. In Humanae Vitae‘s wake, Curran “organized Catholic theologians around the world to sign a public letter dissenting from the encyclical. Graduate students in theology and philosophy departments were pressured by their professors to sign the document.” May signed it.

As he later said, “It took courage not to sign the statement, and it took special courage in those who lacked secure employment.”

Shortly after, he was assigned by a publisher to edit Germain Grisez’s Contraception and the Natural Law, was convinced by the arguments, and “quietly” had his name removed from that document of dissent. So quietly that he was hired by CUA’s religion department, whose eminences did not know of his name’s removal. But after five years of classroom teaching in support of HV, the department fired him. Yeah, at a Catholic school.

Suffice it to say that he was rescued, by the slimmest of margins; you can read the rest at the HLR site. May labored tirelessly in that particular vineyard – the one in which marriage and the family are nurtured – for the rest of his days. The Pro-Life movement’s debt to him (among Catholic and non-Catholic alike) is probably beyond estimation.

Many of his written works are available at his homepage.

I hope he went straight to heaven.


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An interview…

…with the American Papist, Thomas Peters, who was paralyzed in a diving accident in 2013, can be found here.


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Krauthammer the consequentialist

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That is what the much-praised syndicated columnist, Fox News contributor, and best-selling author is. Not that this puts him out of touch with most conservatives and many conservative Christians – in fact, with most Americans. Says Krauthammer:

Now Dick Cheney on 9/11 gave the order to shoot down a civilian American airliner, had it not gone down in a field before it reached Washington. Can you imagine what that means, to deliberately kill a planeload of innocents because it had to be done given the alternative? This is a morally serious man.

Well, I have doubted this assertion before. I will grant that he’s honest enough to admit that the term “enhanced interrogation” is just a semantic legal dodge. He’s quite comfortable with the word ‘torture.’ People in responsible positions just can’t say it. See for yourself. It’s very brief:

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An excellent refutation…

here, of R.R. Reno’s stupid suggestion at First Things that Christian ministers “withdraw from acting as agents in state-sanctioned marriage,” thus severing the civil contract from the sacrament.

[Update]: In the Salt Lake Tribune, a Presbyterian pastor expresses his disdain for the marriage pledge, but for different reasons than my own. His article is full of irrelevancies, non sequiturs, and selective biblical references (“…he [Jesus] had little to say about marriage and nothing at all to say about sexual orientation”]. I don’t know to what branch of Presbyterianism the author belongs, but I was wondering whether it’s a denomination in decline, or on the increase.


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New Song…

…on the Music Page, composed and performed by Lillie Barnett, daughter of my friend and fellow editor of The Christendom Review, Rick Barnett. She wrote it for a college class assignment.


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