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Mothers can lead the way

I was dismayed to see the latest video from the pro-life activist group Live Action, which specializes in investigating what’s going on inside America’s “women’s health clinics.” It highlights a Planned Parenthood educational video and PP employees advising teens about BDSM — a catchall for sexual violence: bondage, discipline and domination, submission and sadism and masochism.

Hope for the future

I saw a groundhog. That might be an unremarkable fact if your element isn’t Manhattan concrete, but it was a highlight for this city gal. And it added to the sylvan aspect of the event I was attending last year, the Thomas Aquinas Philosophy Workshop, in Newburgh, New York. So, too, did the sight just yards from the wildlife: A convent chapel full of young men in the white habit of the Dominican religious order. In reality, the event, whose fourth annual session will be held next month, was a contemplative and analytical engagement with the world of the most practical and modern sort.

The work of saints

ROME — “When did you first know he was a saint?” It’s a question Joaquin Navarro-Valls gets often and especially now, in the days surrounding the canonization of his former boss, now St. John Paul II. Navarro-Valls served as press director for the Holy See during JPII’s pontificate, and speaking to Catholic communicators at a conference at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross here, he remembers “the first time I saw him pray.”

The meaning of marriage

“Charges of bigotry … are the ultimate secular insult,” Caroline Farrow tells me. “The cry of ‘bigot’ is bandied around so much these days,” she observes, “that it has begun to lose some of its potency.”

The politics of the spirit

Outside the Supreme Court, a late-March snow fell as activists talked, held banners and prayed. Inside the hallowed halls, the justices debated whether companies should be forced to provide employee health care coverage that involves violating their owners’ religious principles.

The politics of the spirit

Outside the Supreme Court, a late-March snow fell as activists talked, held banners and prayed. Inside the hallowed halls, the justices debated whether companies should be forced to provide employee health care coverage that involves violating their owners’ religious principles.

Mrs. McCullen goes to Washington

Washington, D.C. — Finally, Pope Francis extends an olive branch to conservatives! Such was the tone of the ridiculous headlines and analysis in response to the pontiff’s first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps. He happened to point out, in case you haven’t heard, that he’s opposed to abortion. “It is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” the pope said.

Nativity as a way of life

Growing up as I did, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, it’s hard not to appreciate “the law of the gift”: protect, defend, nourish, share. Liberty is a great treasure. We have tremendous responsibility here.

More abortion not the answer

This January, we will mark 41 years since the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. Just this year, we heard gruesome, inhumane details from a Philadelphia abortion clinic, though the mainstream media had to be shamed into covering the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the abortionist behind that tragic house of horrors. And now, California has an answer to the Gosnell problem: It’s — wait for it — increased access to abortion.