Once again I find my words showing up more at other venues than here. You might enjoy these articles.
At Zenit.org I address the issue of religious liberty and healthcare workers. Read the whole article at the link but here is a snippet:
Writing at the HLI Truth & Charity Forum I talk about how the times of Downton Abbey prompted Pope Pius XI to write Casti Connubii. A preview:
Every profession is vulnerable to this religious discrimination, but perhaps none more so than the medical profession. Health care workers are intimately involved with matters of life and death on a daily basis. Catholic teaching, in accord with natural law, professes that all human life has intrinsic dignity from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death and faithful Catholics seek to uphold this dignity in every aspect of their lives, including their professional activities. Catholic health care workers are increasingly challenged by a secular health care system that offers little or no protection for the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly, and has little regard for religious principles.
As I watch this story unfold and with the benefit of knowing what ensues in the next ninety years, I find myself wanting to grab Lady Mary by the shoulders and scream, “Please, no! You are on the road to heartache. Abandoning chastity will not strengthen your eventual marriage. Contraception and eugenics advocate Marie Stopes is a false prophet!” Unfortunately, I cannot change history.Please head over to the HLI Truth & Charity Forum to read the whole thing.
Finally, at CatholicStand.com I weigh in on the Pope's remarks about large families made during his flight from Manila to Rome. They are not as radical as hyperventilating pundits declare:
Much of this angst could be alleviated if everyone remembers that Catholic doctrine and teaching do not turn on a single utterance of the Pope. This interview is not an encyclical, an apostolic letter, or even a formal address. It is a conversation. One must look at the entire context.Thank you for all you support and I would love to know what you think about any of these issues.