Monthly Archives: May 2011
“The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable” (CCC 2221).
Most parents know that it’s their job to oversee the education of their children, but some mistakenly think it’s the responsibility of the government. That’s understandable, given the availability and easy access of public schools. However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us, “As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them that corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators. Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise” (CCC 2229). (more…)
The House of Representatives will consider H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
President Obama stood before Congress on September 9, 2009 and said:
“And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
He knew at that time what he was saying to Congress and to the American people was false. The Protect Life Act and the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011 are working to fix the problems in President Obama’s health care law.
However, the reason Congress was forced to deal with those issues in the first place is because the United States lacks a consistent, coherent policy when it comes to federal tax dollars being used for abortion. (more…)
I’ve been in the presence of two saints in my lifetime, maybe more, but two who I thought were saints at the time. One was John Paul II, the other I won’t name because he is still among us.
When I first saw Pope John Paul II, he was kneeling before the altar in his private chapel — his back and shoulders were so massive he could have been a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. But more importantly, as I watched him pray I could feel the radiation of sanctity. I had long heard about the “odor of sanctity” but I had never experienced it myself. (more…)