• The Veritas Center for
    Ethics in Public Life

  • Miller: On the Trinity and the Family

    This month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops has as its theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” “Evangelization” refers to the spreading of the Gospel, which includes, but also goes beyond, the presentation of those truths about God and man that can be known from our natural power of reason alone.

    Lee: Marriage Redefinition and a Lifelong Commitment

    The commitment to be faithful to one’s spouse—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—is not a pledge to keep the same feelings. It is a pledge to do certain things, to voluntary conduct.

    Zoric: A Simple Plan to Help the Middle Class

    The plan would increase the national savings rate and raise the living standards of all Americans whether they are single, a member of a family or in the middle, lower or upper class.  More Americans would be able to become self-sufficient.

    Martin: Remembering the Great War

    Let it not be said that the Church stood silent, keeping her own counsel in the face of so blatant and far-reaching a resurgence of barbarism. The spectacle of seeing so many of her own children killing one another to no purpose, roused the fierce instincts of a Mother in whom, the sainted Augustine would exclaim, an entire world stood reconciled (Mundus reconciliatus ecclesia).

    Hendershott: When Members of the Catholic Press Fail the Church

    It is not “news” that the National Catholic Reporter seems to have taken sides against many of the bishops in the Catholic culture wars, and it is not “news” that the National Catholic Reporter continues to dredge up old cases of clerical abuse in order to try to diminish the authority of the bishops, but what is puzzling for faithful Catholics is why the Catholic Press Association continues to reward the newspaper by honoring it with the Association’s most prestigious awards.

    Hendershott: Utah polygamist returns to a world without a definition of marriage

    Logically speaking, apart from concerns of faith, a negation does not constitute a definition—only the absence of a definition. This means that once laws against same-sex marriage are struck down, there will be no legal definition of marriage. With no definition of marriage remaining, how can the US government legally oppose polygamy?

    Kuebler & Hendershott: Catholic Universities Conduct Research on Rare Diseases

    While NIH and most large pharmaceutical companies have devoted far fewer resources to studying rare diseases, organizations like the JPII Research Institute and Catholic universities—motivated by the call to serve the poor and marginalized—have begun to step in to fill the void. The University of Notre Dame and Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio have both made it part of their mission to collaborate with visionary companies like Eli Lily and AbbVie for research and drug development on rare and neglected diseases.

    Martin: What Do We Say to the Bereaved?

    But there is another road, one that is both higher and deeper, and which goes by the way of the Cross of Jesus Christ. To travel that road is to see a profounder mystery at work, that of the Crucified God taking on the sorrow and travail of the world, of stretching forth himself to enfold within the arms of an infinite love and power all human misery and pain. Indeed, to set about redeeming it all from below.

    Krason: A “Better Life Index” that Ignores What Makes for a Better Life

    ...the Better Life Index (and the World Happiness Report), like the reigning perspective about man in the mainstream socio-politico-economic thinking of the Western world and international organizations generally—which comes from the materialist premises of modern philosophy—takes man only so high up Pope Paul’s hierarchy. It compromises man’s dignity because it views as irrelevant what makes him more truly human.

    Hendershott: The True Gift of The Giver

    The Giver is really a gift to us all because it is a reminder of the horrible costs we incur when we trade freedom for the “comfort” that comes from allowing others to make the “right” decisions for us.

    Martin: Life as Preparation for Death

    Indeed, when a man leaves behind the company of other men, and walks toward the seat of divine judgment, there to gaze upon the face of the living God, all pretense and falsehood are stripped away. There is no room for maneuver, no way to disguise the weight of what one has done or become. Then the true worth of a man’s deeds, whether empty straw or sold metal, will be shown in an absolutely piercing light, which is God himself.

    Krason: Politics as a Form of Public Education

    There needs to be a proper mix of education and confrontation. Indeed, to effectively carry out the educative function of politics one has to first create the conditions that make it possible, to clear out the obstacles to it. What this means, among other things, is that one has to “call out” the left.

    Martin: Flannery O’Connor—Fifty Years After

    How incisive she was in cutting through the sentimental syrup, straight to the bone and marrow of real meaning. “The stories are hard,” she would allow, “but they are hard because there is nothing harder or less sentimental than Christian realism. I believe that there are many rough beasts now slouching toward Bethlehem to be born and that I have reported the progress of a few of them.”

    Hendershott: Recovering an Enchanted World

    The child senses from fairy tales that to be a human being in this world of ours means having to accept difficult challenges, but also encountering wondrous adventures, and triumphing over adversity.  Chesterton suggests that children already know there are dragons (and evil) in this world—the task of the fairy tale is to help children realize that the dragons can be conquered.

    Martin: Who Needs Poetry?

    ...despite every gravitational pull of human pessimism, there is never an advantage in choosing nothing. On what possible basis has blank extinction anything to offer? And so the maker of poems stands, resolutely, on the side of life, of being.

    Martin: Our Lady and Her Mission

    Who more than those drawn to Christ, to the attraction awakened by the encounter with Christ, are the ones who live the real with the greatest possible intensity? So much so that they draw others to Christ. To live any other way is to choose death, to join the ranks of the living dead, the walking dead, who will not cast their nets down into the depths.

    Hendershott & Bermudez: Maximizing the Profits in New York City’s Abortion Industry: A Social History

    For more than a century, New York City has been a profit center for the abortion industry. Creating wealth for abortion providers has always been the goal—and that continues today as the most recent data reveals that the ratio of abortions to viable births for women living in New York City is nearly twice that of the national average. Forty percent of all viable pregnancies in the city end in abortion. In some New York City neighborhoods, the ratio is much higher.

    Krason: When Man is the Measure of All Things

    The implication for politics of putting man in place of God, Wiker tells us, was the rise of modern ideologies (like communism, fascism, and Nazism)—which were, in essence, substitute human-fashioned religions—and the aggressive, brutal, and totalist states that came with them. The results, then, were the same as with Islamism. The only difference is that here men outright rejected God. Man becomes God in all but name.

    Hendershott: Anglicans Set to Remove Satan from Baptismal Rite

    ...the Church of England is losing its sense of sin—and its need for salvation. More than 60 years ago, T.S. Eliot wrote about the sense of alienation that occurred when social regulators—like the church—began to splinter and the controlling moral authority of a society is no longer effective. He suggested that a “sense of sin” was beginning to disappear.

    Hendershott: Marginalizing Catholic Teaching One Grant at a Time

     ...the recent attack on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Codileone by Faithful America demonstrates that the real assault on the teaching authority of the Catholic Church is now coming from two gay billionaires—Tim Gill and Jon Stryker—who are doing everything they can to discredit Church teaching on sexual morality by directly attacking the Magisterium.

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