That Abortion Is Wrong Is Not a Matter of Faith

There are those—including those running for political office—who consider abortion to be a matter of faith. They will even say that they are personally opposed to abortion but that they have no right to impose this religious belief on other people. But this is clearly wrong. That abortion is wrong is not a matter of […]

Chesterton vs. Trends and Fads That Undermine the Family

Chesterton was so consistently right in his pronouncements and prophecies because he understood that anything that attacked the family was bad for society. That is why he spoke out against eugenics and contraception, against divorce and “free love” (another term he disliked because of its dishonesty), but also against wage slavery and compulsory state-sponsored education […]

Blessed Are the Meek

Europeans have embraced the culture of death, contracepting themselves out of existence…. A culture which seeks self-gratification instead of the self-sacrifice needed to raise children is doomed to self-destruction. It has no future. It has no future for the plain and simple reason that it has no children. In this sense, it can truly be […]

No Other Issue Has Made Us More Dishonest and Less Free

—from Sex, family and the liberty of the Church by Archbishop Charles Chaput at the University of Notre Dame on September 15, 2016 (Emphasis in BOLD was added by The Five Minute Catholic.) We now live in a country where marriage, family and traditional religion all seem to be failing.  And — inevitably — support for democracy […]

The Right to Life Cannot Be Contextualized

For Catholics, no political or social issue stands in isolation.  But neither are all pressing issues equal in foundational importance or gravity.  The right to life undergirds all other rights and all genuine social progress.  It cannot be set aside or contextualized in the name of other “rights” or priorities without prostituting the whole idea […]

Abortion and The Tyranny of the Now

—and from the blog post Abortion {Still} Isn’t Healthcare by Jenny Uebbing at Mama Needs Coffee Let’s put aside the immorality of abortion for a moment. Abortion, which isn’t healthcare. And let’s speak of the procedure in a vacuum, as it were, leaving aside the obvious, ludicrously-demonstrable humanity of the baby, and focus solely on […]

Mother Angelica and the Value of a Single Human Life

I wonder sometimes when I read about the great saints and scholars, masterful musicians and heroic physicians, how much of their greatness came not in spite of their humble and even horrific beginnings,but precisely because of them. + I’m not advocating for a life of poverty or abusive childhoods here. Just challenging the prevailing cultural notion […]