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  • Keith A. Fournier: Gun Rights? Guns Have No Rights, People Do! Self Defense is a Human Right

    09/07/2016 10:14:56 AM PDT · 1 of 7
    In an age of sound bites and agenda driven news reports, the architects of a new cultural order have slipped one more phrase into the lexicon of the cultural struggle. I maintain that we adopt at our own peril. The phrase is Gun Rights. Guns have no rights. People do. The real Right at issue is the Right to Self Defense. That includes the right to keep and bear arms. Rights are goods of human persons. Human Rights come not from a civil government but from God...
  • Catholics Must Vote to Defend the Right to Life and End the Crime of Abortion

    08/31/2016 1:17:01 PM PDT · 1 of 44
    Insisting that the civil law of the Nation recognize the Natural Law Right to Life is all about affirming that human rights are not determined or given by the State. As the American founders expressed it, they are endowed by the Creator and are inalienable. When there is no human person to exercise them, all the rhetoric extolling them is sloganeering. The Right to Life currently informs our criminal justice system. For example, in our criminal law, we prosecute someone who intentionally takes the life of a woman with child in a vehicular homicide for two criminal offenses. The irony is obvious.

    Recognizing the Right to Life in the civil law is not a matter of pushing "religious" beliefs on a pluralistic nation. The Right to Life is revealed by the Natural Law. When the civil law of a Nation fails to recognize the Natural Law Right to Life and promulgates laws which condone the taking of innocent life, such laws are unjust laws and therefore not law at all. Finally, medical science confirms what our conscience long ago told us. We routinely operate on these children in the womb. We send 3 and 4D ultrasound photos of them as they grow in that first home of the whole human race.

    These children are members of our human family. We all know it. Those who deny it are lying to themselves and deceiving others. Legalized abortion is the denial of the Right to Life of an entire class of people backed up by the police power of the State. It is an egregious, ongoing, human rights violation which demands our continual efforts to eradicate it.

    The language surrounding legal abortion reveals an Orwellian newspeak. Phrases such as "Abortion rights" are dangerous. Abortions do not have rights, only human persons have rights. Human rights are goods of human persons. When there is no human person to exercise them, all the rhetoric extolling them is sloganeering. When there is no recognition of a preeminent right to life, what follows is an erosion of the infrastructure of all human rights.

    Recognizing the Right to Life is not only a political issue. The Pro-Life position is a worldview, a lens through which we view every political, cultural, social, economic, security and international issue. This worldview must also inform every aspect of our participation in society, including how we vote...

    Catholic Christians should not vote for any candidate who denies that the fundamental Right to Life must be recognized and protected in the civil law when another candidate is available who recognizes that fact. This is the case even when the alternative candidate may not fully comprehend all of the implications of that recognition. In good conscience, if there is no difference on this matter between the candidates, one could hypothetically refrain from voting. However, voting carries with it its own moral obligation. Not voting can have the effect of helping elect a candidate who denies the Right to Life.

    We should determine which candidates' positions will move us closer to ending legalized abortion, work to influence them and surround them with good counsel, and then vote for them. If they are elected, we must then do all we can to expand their understanding of the truth concerning the Right to Life and its vital implications across the public policy spectrum.

    Certainly, the Right to Life has implications not only in the womb, but throughout the entire spectrum of life. The embryonic human person, the child in the womb, the disabled, the needy and the elderly are all members of our human family. We can never condone their intentional killing as some kind of exercise of a "freedom to choose".

    However, human life and the Right which protects it, begins in the womb. Procured abortion is never a moral choice but a crime, whether the civil law of the State currently prosecutes it or not. Political candidates who deny this Right to Life are complicit in this crime and must not be supported...

    The Child in the womb is our first neighbor and it is always and everywhere wrong to take the life of an innocent neighbor. And, the Pope is right, there is absolutely nothing "progressive" about legal abortion. It is regressive, moving us backward. Our failure to recognize the Right to Life in the law undermines our claim to be a compassionate and caring society. All the talk about compassion for the poor rings hollow when we fail to hear the cry of the ones whom Teresa of Calcutta rightly called the "poorest of the poor".

    There can be no enduring lasting solidarity upon which to build a secure future in a culture that kills its own children and calls it a right. No politician or political candidate who advocates for legalized abortion, or for euthanasia, passive or active, should ever receive the support of Catholic Christians. They are being morally incoherent.

  • A&E Backs Down, Phil Robertson Suspension Lifted, Duck Dynasty, True Tolerance Triumph

    12/28/2013 4:56:58 AM PST · 1 of 29
    ...Duck Dynasty offers a refreshing break from what is offered on much of cable television programming. A&E Network made the correct decision to lift the suspension of Phil Robertson. In announcing its decision, A&E also announced it was launching a campaign to promote what it called "tolerance" among all people. I hope it signals a return to sanity - and promotes true tolerance - the kind which includes faithful Christians and others who will not deny their faith. I look forward to the new season...
  • izarro World: Putin and the Patriarch Call Russia to Return to Moral Values

    12/19/2013 5:54:23 AM PST · 1 of 21
    ...Please, name the main threats for Russia.

    Patriarch Kirill - I think that the main threat for Russia is loss of faith, rejecting faith as people's conscious choice. Not under pressure as in the Soviet times, but voluntary contempt of the Heavenly Kingdom for the sake of vanity and illusionary attractions of the earthly kingdom.

    Unfortunately, there are signs of this process. For the sake of comfort and joys people refuse following moral norms. Thus, gradually, limits of sin and righteousness are washed away. And what was considered unworthy of a person: alcoholism, drug-addiction, lust, prostitution, homosexuality become norm.

    Society has always suffered vices, but today as in times of Roman and other civilizations decay they were considered socially approved. In result the institute of traditional family is collapsing. Rooted in sins, man lives in passions and doesn't want to hear a sermon about Christ as acceptance of the Gospels commandments demands him to reconsider his behavior, to change himself, to make a spiritual effort to overcome imperfection...

  • Duck Dynasty and the GQ Interview of Phil Robertson: Rejecting Political Correctness

    12/19/2013 5:46:18 AM PST · 1 of 62
    ...The reason Duck Dynasty is so popular is people are not buying into this new Cultural Revolutionary ideology. They know it is not true. They know it will not promote the common good. In fact, much of the media is apoplectic about the interview. The entertainment subculture, which has erected a new golden calf, which many mind numbed Americans dance around, has found a goldmine to propel their ratings.

    In particular, the propaganda media, the new Cultural Revolutionary guard - which has not only bought the agenda of a small section of the homosexual/lesbian community is seeking to compel the entire culture to change the truth about marriage and the family but has become its agents - is absolutely aghast!

  • Duck Dynasty and the GQ Interview of Phil Robertson: Rejecting Political Correctness

    12/19/2013 4:27:06 AM PST · 1 of 17
    Phil Robertson has now been suspended from the show. Well, that is just one more example of the danger which I tried to address. Political correctness run rampant!

    Update: Though the network did not release a full statement upon suspending the Patriarch of the Robertson family indefinitely from the show, Phil Robertson offered these words in a Press release:

    "I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior," he said. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.

    "However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."

  • Time to Build a Tower: Obama Reelection Requires a Movement

    11/07/2012 8:37:42 AM PST · 1 of 7
    Like the fate of the social outreaches of the Church which place children without mothers and fathers in homes for adoption, her hospitals, soup kitchens, and other vital outreaches to the poor are now at risk of being shut down.

    We will not stop our missionary efforts because solidarity demands that we continue. We are called to love the world as God so loved the world. As the Body of Christ, we continue the redemptive mission of Jesus our Head. This administration which purports to be an advocate of the "least of these", may soon be revealed as more akin to a hostile Caesar.

  • Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 20.The Slugfest in Hempstead Failed to Deliver

    10/17/2012 7:46:10 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Our sincere hope is that the moderator of the third debate, Bob Schieffer, a veteran newsman and the host of Face the Nation on CBS, will get out of the way and let these two candidates debate. The American people have a right to hear where they each stand as they prepare to pick the path of their future and the future of their children.

    For those looking for heat with little light, they got the price of admission in Tuesday's second Presidential debate. However, for those hoping for much more, those concerned about the candidates governing philosophy and wordview, the slugfest in Hempstead failed to deliver

  • Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 25. Substance and Smirks

    10/12/2012 7:01:56 AM PDT · 1 of 5
    There are Catholics like Joe Biden who claim to follow what is too often called the "spirit" of Vatican II while rejecting the very foundations that important Council proclaimed. Then, there are others, like Paul Ryan, who grasp the implications of what it means to infuse the values informed by their Catholic faith into their political participation on fundamental moral issues such as the Right to life
  • Hudson and Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 40

    09/27/2012 5:18:09 AM PDT · 1 of 10
    Those who have read us both know that we have not always agreed. However, we have chosen to combine our voices at a critical time in U.S. History to do absolutely everything we can do to influence this election! So we will do just that in this series leading to the most important election in our lifetime...
  • Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, Two Catholic Vice Presidential Candidates and One is Being Faithful

    09/18/2012 4:09:31 AM PDT · 1 of 6
    One cannot be a faithful Catholic and deny the Right to Life for our first neighbors in their mother's womb. Nor can one be a faithful Catholic and fail to defend true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. Given our numbers, U.S. Catholics can determine the outcome of this election.
  • Can 'Government' Ever Be Good? A Catholic Considers the Proper Role of Government

    09/07/2012 4:05:56 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    Catholics should insist that we are not fully human unless we are in relationship with one another. Freedom and human flourishing are not found in a notion of the isolated individual as the ground of human freedom. We were made for communion. We are one another's neighbors and we truly are called to stand together in solidarity. We are also responsible for one another and must build societies which further humanize us and enable us to live in peace together.

    The first society is the family. It is there where we learn socialization and are schooled in the virtues which make good citizenship even possible. Thus the family must always be the guide, polestar and measuring stick for any broader social and governing structure. The family is the first government, the first school, the first church and the first mediating institution. All other government must defer to this first cell of social government and move out - or up - from there, never usurping the primacy of the family...

  • Labor Day: The Dignity of Human Work is Rooted in the Dignity of the Human Person

    09/01/2012 8:14:15 AM PDT · 1 of 14
    To grasp the truth that dignity of all human labor derives from the dignity of the human person who engages in it requires what St Paul rightly called a renewal of the mind (See, Romans 12:2).

    Labor Day invites us to examine how we view our own labor in the light of what the Church proclaims about the dignity of all human work, no matter what kind, precisely because it is done by human persons who are created in the Image and Likeness of God. A Catholic vision of work views it in light of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The entirety of our human experience was assumed by Jesus, including our labor, our human work. The Son of God worked. He was in communion with the Father and His work was joined to the Father's work. That is the same relationship we now have with the Father through our Baptism into Christ.

  • My Promise is to Help You and Your Family: Romney Accepts Republican Nomination

    08/31/2012 12:54:53 PM PDT · 1 of 16
    The Ebenezer Scrooge/Jacob Marley caricature was utterly demolished by the time it was all over. That does not mean it will not be used again. However, the Romney/Ryan campaign had signaled its tactical plan to refute the claims of their opponents by facing them head on.

    There was one particular line which stuck with me from the Romney acceptance speech because it was a refreshing rejection of the hyperbole which accompanied the last Presidential race in the United States. The Republican Presidental candidate looked out at the enthusiastic convention attendees and, through television and the internet, into the living rooms of millions of Americans as well as millions of observers around the world. He offered what would be called in the business world a bottom line comment, "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is ... to help you and your family."

  • Ryan Roars: Paul Ryan's Speech at Republican Convention Will Frame Election

    08/30/2012 5:34:45 AM PDT · 1 of 63
    As I have expressed in the past, authentically Catholic and genuinely Pro-Life, Paul Ryan not only knows Catholic Social Doctrine, he maintains that he actively seeks to integrate the principles it offers into his own public service and the policy proposals he offers

    Ryan's opponents efforts to demonize him and think they can deflect the American public from listening to his considered positions on the vital issues and challenges we face as a Nation will not only fail, I now believe they will backfire. Ryan's demeanor is warm, human and real - a refreshing change in a political atmosphere polluted with vitriol, vapid detraction and denigration. He lifts up the listener while he speaks truth to a Nation struggling through a desperate hour. He gives the listener hope that they, with good and effective leadership, can actually rebuild the American promise and re-secure the American dream for their children. In short, he dispenses hope in an hour when it is in short supply.

  • We Applaud the Republican Platform: No 'Abortion Rights', Only a Right to Life

    08/21/2012 7:34:45 PM PDT · 1 of 8
    I heard CNN's Wolf Blitzer interview Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Tuesday evening. Throughout the interview Blitzer used that phrase now touted regularly by these ministers of propaganda disguised as reporters - "abortion rights".

    The phrase is now routinely used by the main stream media. They also call those who want to defend babies against pre-emptive lethal strikes against them opponents of "abortion rights." The claim of a "right" to abort an innocent child is heinous enough when it is described as a woman´s "Right to Choose."

    People can and do make immoral and intrinsically evil choices such as taking innocent human life. The current state of the positive law in the United States - since the horrendous Supreme Court decisions in Roe and Doe - is that there is one group of human persons who can be killed by "choice", our youngest neighbors.

    That "choice" now wrongly is protected by the Police Power of the State. Rather than being outlawed like all other intentional killings, abortion has been given a status as some sort of "super right" in the United States. The media is now routinely using deadly loaded language to hide the evil. Their sophistry must be exposed and opposed...

  • Bishop Robert Morlino Affirms Paul Ryan's Effort to Apply Catholic Social Teaching

    08/17/2012 5:38:54 AM PDT · 1 of 7
    "Where intrinsic evils are not involved, specific policy choices and political strategies are the province of Catholic lay mission...Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan is aware of Catholic Social Teaching and is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions in accord with the principles mentioned above. Of that I have no doubt. A Catholic conscience can never take exception to the prohibition of actions which are intrinsically evil. Nor may a conscience well-formed by reason or the Catholic faith ever choose to vote for someone who clearly, consistently, persistently promotes that which is intrinsically evil. However, a conscience well-formed according to reason or the Catholic faith, must also make choices where intrinsic evil is not involved. How best to care for the poor is probably the finest current example of this..." Bishop Morlino
  • Romney Goes Bold: Pro-Life Catholic Paul Ryan Chosen as Republican Vice Presidential Candidate

    08/11/2012 10:19:42 AM PDT · 1 of 20
    Mitt Romney's bold choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate ensures that the exchange of correspondence between the Cardinal of New York and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee will now become a part of framing the issues in what promises to be one of the most important Presidential contests in U.S. history. The principles of Catholic Social Teaching and their application have now entered the 2012 campaign.
  • Morally Coherent Catholic Voters Should Decide the 2012 US Presidential Election

    08/09/2012 8:39:33 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    tcg to ansel12

    To ansel12:

    Your comment is utter nonsense. Read his writings over many years. He left the Democratic party when Ronald Reagan ran.The last Democrat he even considered supporting was GOVERNOR Bob Casey who was censored by the Democrats. He has been a stalwart full circle conservative, social and fiscal, who has been fighting the fight for a long, long time. In fact, he was a huge Santorum supporter this time and Huckabee last time.

    Knee jerk comments like yours on this forum limit could its ability to bring more in.You probably meant well, but please use better judgement.

  • Morally Coherent Catholic Voters Should Decide the 2012 US Presidential Election

    08/09/2012 6:42:44 AM PDT · 1 of 12
    One simply cannot be a faithful Catholic and hold what is euphemistically called a "pro-choice" position on abortion or fail to defend true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. The same elite who currently control the Democratic Party - which abandoned its one time support for all the poor, including children in the womb - has now abandoned true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. They will reflect this in their official party platform during their convention in September...
  • After Chick-Fil-A: Let's Make Election Day, Nov 6, 2012, Freedom Appreciation Day

    08/06/2012 4:48:19 PM PDT · 1 of 5
    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, I lift my lamp beside the golden door." Freedom's lamp still shines beside that golden door. However, that light is being diminished by counterfeit notions of freedom which fail to recognize its source, comprehend its promise, accept its obligations or believe in its potential to build a better future. I propose that we call Election Day 2012 Freedom Appreciation Day and mobilize for freedom. Freedom is not about the fact that we can choose but about how and what we do choose. This is what truly matters. Authentic Human Freedom will never be found in decisions that are made against God and against the Natural Law.
  • Chick-Fil-A Day and the Victory for Marriage, Life and Freedom on Election Day

    08/02/2012 6:07:18 AM PDT · 1 of 32
    The massive crowd reflected a cross section of America.You sensed you were participating in something historic by simply purchasing a chicken sandwich. I do not doubt everyone wanted their chicken sandwich, especially after such a long wait. However, they were there, like me, for a reason much more important. They were making a collective statement of support for the Restaurants' willingness to stand up for marriage and family.They were standing up for free speech and against political correctness. They were applauding with their purchase the courage of the owners of this restaurant.
  • After Lech Walesa Meeting, Romney Should Call America to a New Birth of Freedom

    08/01/2012 6:02:27 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    The Romney campaign has much to draw from out of this visit. Not only in the optics, but in the substance of the meetings the candidate held with Champions of freedom. For example, his meeting with the iconic Lech Walesa, the former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner. It presents him with an opportunity to call America to a new birth of true freedom in an hour when we are disheartened and ready to respond to just such a positive message. We need leaders unafraid to speak the language of freedom again and rouse us to follow what Abraham Lincoln called our "better angels." Lincoln called us to a "New Birth of Freedom". We need to hear such a call again.
  • A Catholic Hooray for Chick-fil-A: Stand in Solidarity for Marriage on August 1st

    07/27/2012 4:33:18 AM PDT · 1 of 15
    Chick-fil-A is under a ferocious assault precisely because their President publicly affirmed their company support for true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. Dan Cathy expressed his deeply held religious convictions to the Baptist Press and literally - all hell broke loose among some new Cultural Revolutionaries. Next Wednesday, August 1, 2012, I intend to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich and participate in the National Day of Appreciation for Chick-fil-A. I hope you join me and thousands of others in responding to the invitation of former Senator Rick Santorum, former Governor Mike Huckabee and Rev. Billy Graham and do the same.
  • Beyond Left and Right, Liberal and Conservative: Time for Good Governance

    07/17/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT · 1 of 1
    There is little discussion about the principle of subsidiarity in Catholic circles and virtually none in the national political debate. Many Catholics do not even know that there is such a principle within the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church. Instead they have borrowed charged rhetoric from both the political left and the political right for far too long and failed to offer their unique contribution to the common good. We need an intelligent discussion of the underlying issue - what constitutes "good" governance - and Catholics can and should take the lead.
  • Romney's Courage and Conviction in His NAACP Speech Missed by Most of the Media

    07/12/2012 8:24:10 PM PDT · 1 of 27
    Romney affirmed the importance of genuine marriage and the family, contended that significant and structural educational reform can best be accomplished by giving parents a choice, called for expanding participation in a truly free market and gave a clear, intelligent, well delivered and sincere policy speech to this convention. I was disappointed by the slanted coverage this solid speech received from many in the media. I wondered as I listened to the speech and the read the transcript, if many reporting on it had done the same. They seemed to simply be following propaganda talking points.
  • Obamacare: Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act Would Prevent Taxing Catholic Church

    07/12/2012 9:07:46 AM PDT · 1 of 3
    The Supreme Court has ruled that those fines or penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act are a tax. Thus, the Federal Government will soon tax the Catholic Church for abiding by its deeply held religious convictions in its ministry to people in need. These taxes could have the practical result of closing many of the Church's outreaches, ministries and institutions of care and compassion. This not only injures the Church and violates the Constitution, it injures American society and is an offense against the common good.
  • Fourth of July: We Still Hold Those Truths Because They Hold Us and Our Future

    07/03/2012 4:10:00 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights - that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Declaration was the birth certificate of the United States of America. The principles have informed our history and inspired our neighbors in other parts of the world to stand up against all forms of tyranny. We should remember that our forebears were not declaring their independence from Divine Providence. Rather, they were trusting in the Governance of God.
  • Father Randolph Sly Ordained for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter

    06/25/2012 2:42:37 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    I wept throughout much of the beautiful ordination liturgy. I couldn't hold back the tears of gratitude to the Lord for His fidelity to this wonderful man who sacrificed so much to live his life at the heart of the Catholic Church for the sake of the world. They were tears of joy for the Church which will be richly enhanced by his priestly ministry. Finally, they were tears of brotherly affection. I had the privilege of being his friend during his journey home to the full communion of the Catholic Church. I acted as a road-sign as he made the way, being pulled by the Splendor of Truth. Father Randolph Sly is the Associate Editor of Catholic Online.
  • Divine Fatherhood is the Source of Human Fatherhood: Fathers as Gift

    06/16/2012 5:15:27 AM PDT · 1 of 1
    ...Fathers are the foundation of families, they give them identity and meaning in both life and in death. On this weekend when we stop the frenetic pace of life to honor and remember fathers, we have an opportunity to reflect on what really matters most in our lives. They are a gift to be received and we should thank them if they are still with us. If not, we should still thank them, honor them, remember them and learn all we can from the example of their lives...
  • Mitt Romney: Mormon Candidate at Baptist Liberty University Moves Catholic Editor

    05/14/2012 9:41:44 AM PDT · 1 of 66
    Governor Romney did not attempt to argue the compatibility of his own religious faith and that of most of the graduates. I was relieved. He told the graduates and their guests, "People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology. Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview." He is right.
  • The President Who Opposes the Right to Life Admits to ABC News He Opposes Marriage

    05/09/2012 4:38:17 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    ...Homosexual Equivalency activists want us to hail the Presidents "evolution" as some sort of enlightened act when it is just plain wrong and dangerous for the Nation. Borrowing a page out of the playbook of the Anti-Right to Life movement they have persuaded the media to use loaded, Orwellian language on one more vital moral issue, marriage. I will not do so...The Catholic Church as an institution does not endorse specific political candidates. However, the Church does call her members to inform their conscience and then exercise their faithful citizenship in a morally coherent manner. As for this Catholic citizen, this recent interview given by President Barack Obama to ABC News has rekindled my decision to do just that. I will do absolutely everything I can to ensure that this President is not reelected for four more years.
  • Free Chen, Free China, Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion

    05/03/2012 7:39:08 PM PDT · 1 of 3
    Whenever children become commodities, all of humanity suffers. The most egregious example is the forced abortion policy of the Regime in mainland China. This is the human rights issue which Chen Guangcheng has spoken out against with such courage. As a result, he is being denied his fundamental human rights and his family is in imminent danger.

    We call upon the Obama administration to act on behalf of Chen Guangcheng, his wife, their child and his mother. Stand up for their fundamental human rights by demanding that the Chinese authorities allow this family to leave China.

    Free Chen, Free His Wife and Family, Free China and Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion.

  • Rick Santorum Suspends His Historic Presidential Campaign, Begins Next Chapter

    04/10/2012 1:21:02 PM PDT · 1 of 39
    After the speech the political pundits immediately began to speculate about the implications of the suspension on the 2012 Race. In addition, they began what will most certainly become a steady stream of speculation about the future of this gifted and good man.

    I do not think there is much to speculate about. This is not the last political speech of Rick Santorum. With this speech he simply suspended his 2012 presidential campaign. He also began the next chapter of his life of service to God and Country.

  • Rick Santorum is Right, It Takes a Family. Now, It Will Take a President

    04/01/2012 10:24:01 AM PDT · 1 of 12
    There are many voices pointing out the failures of government but few voices articulating a vision for good governance. We desperately need true leaders, intelligent men and women of conviction and courage, who will impart such a vision and help us all to resuscitate the dream called America.

    Santorum does not separate social and economic issues. He is morally coherent. He has the communications skills needed to contend in the general election with President Barack Obama. His blue collar identification and background will eviscerate the Obama reelection campaign's 1% strategy of class warfare. The President would be forced to run on ideas and record.

    I have followed the 2012 Presidential primary campaign closely because I believe the 2012 election is the most important Presidential election in my lifetime. Rick Santorum was right, it takes a Family. Now, It Will Take a President Who Can Lead our National Recovery.

  • 'We Did it Again!' Santorum Takes the South. Blue Collar Beats Blue Blood

    03/14/2012 6:10:19 AM PDT · 1 of 45
    This grandson of a coalminer, from a working class family from the coal and steel country of Pennsylvania has now done what no one thought was possible. He has blown this Republican primary race wide open. Not only is this going to be an exciting race, it will determine the future of the Republican Party. NBC was the first to call the Alabama race. Rick Santorum won with a wide margin, against all odds. One of the MSNBC commentators noted the trend toward the candidate surged as the hour got later because "working class people vote late. They vote after work."
  • Women Star in the President's Political Theater: Who's Really Getting Played?

    03/05/2012 7:59:59 AM PST · 1 of 9
    With a pen stroke and a press conference, President Obama used women to initiate a war on Religious freedom and with the media lapdogs panting at his heels, he made sure the Republicans, and especially the Catholic Church, were painted as misogynist zealots. Now he's leading this contrived and fraudulent battle over "women's health", and the so-called feminists have pinned women's entire well-being to a package of pills and reduced women to just vaginas and uteruses. To insist that government or our employers must subsidize our sexual behavior makes us the most selfish, lazy, immature, and embarrassing society America has ever seen.
  • Mitt Romney Wins Arizona and Michigan. Republican Primary Race is Far From Over

    02/29/2012 5:18:10 AM PST · 1 of 21
    I am one of a large group of Americans who are tired of the Republican establishment picking the nominee of the Party. I am a "Reluctant Republican". I have no other choice. I left the Democratic Party when the opponents of the fundamental human right to life took control of the leadership of that Party and turned it upside down.

    I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts in a working class home. Sadly, the bizarre alliance which took over the Democratic Party many years ago has held it captive for decades. People like me have been forcibly evicted, out of conscience. We listen to those who now lead that Party and are disgusted with so much of their agenda.

    Santorum connects with people like us...

  • Obama vs. Santorum. Two Populist Candidates,Two Views of Freedom

    02/19/2012 5:54:31 PM PST · 1 of 35
    Rick Santorum's view of government - and economics - is from below, with the family as the first government and the first economy. All other government must assist and not usurp its primary role. It must proceed from the bottom up. This is about more than "limited government", though it certainly is that. This is about good government. Can government be good? Yes,when freedom flourishes. Good in the sense of efficient, deferring to mediating structures first - and good in the sense of recognizing the moral foundation needed for a truly free society.
  • Santorum Surges: Fr Longenecker Asks 'What is a Santorum Catholic?'

    02/11/2012 2:47:10 PM PST · 1 of 76
    "Now along comes Rick Santorum. A father of eight, he not only supports a pro-life message--he lives it. This Catholic politician doesn't come from a wealthy family who can buy elections for him. He doesn't rely on the mobsters or the political machine to fix elections. His grandfather was a coal miner, and he's made it on his own. Here's a Catholic politician who doesn't speak down to the working classes, but speaks up for the working classes." (Fr. Dwight Longenecker)
  • Catholics Go To Court To Resist Unjust HHS Edict. The Rising Tide of Catholic Resistance

    02/10/2012 6:00:18 AM PST · 1 of 19
    It is increasingly apparent that President Obama and his administration do not respect fundamental human rights including the Right to life and the Right to Religious Freedom. The Nation we love is slowly devolving into a secularist State. However, this recent Edict has given rise to a Catholic tide of resistance and a New Catholic Action.
  • Rick Santorum Resets the Race: Wins Missouri, Minnesota and a Path to the Nomination

    02/07/2012 10:16:35 PM PST · 1 of 22
    The real story was the magnitude of what happened in this extraordinary vote. Not only did Rick Santorum win both the Missouri and the Minnesota showdowns, (and possibly Colorado) but he did so decisively. Tuesday night the inevitability balloon of a Romney candidacy exploded. Rick Santorum has just pulled of an historic political upset and the Republican primary race has been completely reset.
  • President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast. Catholics Won't Get Fooled Again

    02/03/2012 4:39:50 AM PST · 1 of 41
    During the last Presidential campaign many Catholics were deluded by then Senator Barack Obama. His rhetoric uses language which sounds as though he agrees with Catholics on issues such as our obligation to the poor and the needy. His administration has acted in a manner which proves the opposite. The most egregious example is his failure to hear the cry of the children in the womb. However, there are many more, including his denial of religious freedom and his failure to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon it. His words at the National Prayer Breakfast call us to pray for him. However, we will not be fooled again.
  • In the Wake of the Florida Fiasco, Time to Consider Bella Santorum's Dad, Rick

    01/31/2012 6:00:00 PM PST · 1 of 96
    While "Mitt" and "Newt" were wresting in the mud (and lest there be any doubt, I favored Newt in that match) Presidential candidate Rick Santorum went home to care for his beautiful daughter Bella. She had been hospitalized and was in a critical condition. The very act of his leaving the campaign when the pundit class was interpreting his exit as a sign of his demise, reveals the character of this good man. It speaks loudly as to why he should be seriously reconsidered in this hotly contested Republican primary. This race is far from over.
  • Republican Presidential Debate in Jacksonville, Florida was Rick Santorum's Night

    01/27/2012 4:27:20 AM PST · 1 of 91
    His explanation of the Declaration of Independence as the "Why" of America and the Constitution the "how" was brilliant. His ringing defense of the Creator as the source of our unalienable rights - and the role of the Government to recognize and protect those rights - downright inspiring. This was Santorum's night.
  • A Rising Catholic Tide of Resistance May Determine the U.S. Presidential Election

    01/26/2012 12:16:05 PM PST · 1 of 31
    Catholics in the United States are rising up in a Tide of Resistance to the unjust actions and edicts of the Obama Administration. They might determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election in the United States. That is if they act in a manner which, in the words of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is "morally coherent." This President and his administration espouse a rapidly expanding Secularist State which fails to respect fundamental human rights including the Right to life and the Right to Religious Freedom.
  • Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience

    01/20/2012 4:48:33 PM PST · 1 of 29
    This President does not respect the fundamental Human Right to Life, period. Sorry Doug Kmiec and all the others who were snowed by his sophistry, the truth is now very clear and I sincerely hope you join in the necessary resistance to this unjust administration.
  • Brenham Ranch Surprise: Rick Santorum Endorsed by 150 Evangelical Leaders

    01/14/2012 1:25:32 PM PST · 1 of 57
    Rick Santorum has defended the fundamental human right to life from conception to natural death for years - without compromise. He has defended authentic marriage between one man and one woman - and the family and society founded upon it. His economic populism reflects his blue collar background and his plan to revitalize manufacturing is solid and gaining support.

    He is a morally coherent candidate. He forthrightly proclaims that economic issues have a moral component. He insists that there is a moral basis to a truly free society. He asserts that America is a moral enterprise.

    In a Republican Presidential primary campaign where the Republic establishment expected that they would pick the nominee in a form of "coronation", an increasing number of concerned Americans are now raising their voices now and saying, "not this year"!

  • Randall Terry Campaign to Run Pro-Life Commercials During Superbowl Game

    01/14/2012 7:14:57 AM PST · 1 of 19
    The Terry for President Campaign has purchased air time for these advertisements in 9 cities. They are working hard to raise the funds to purchase air time in twenty more cities. Anyone interested in assisting the Campaign accomplish this goal by visiting the Randall Terry for President Campaign here.

    Make no mistake, these ads depict something horrible. However, when the veneer of civility is torn off of the evil of intentional abortion, all that is left is the reality of the evil it truly entails.

  • Hosanna-Tabor: U.S. Supreme Court Church-State Decision Protects the Church

    01/12/2012 3:53:12 AM PST · 1 of 4
    So, given the growing hostility we now encounter in this Nation and much of the West, this resounding reaffirmation of the rights of Churches and religious institutions to operate freely and follow their own internal doctrine - as well as to determine their own way of resolving their own disputes - at least protects the Church and Religious Institutions for awhile.

    However, those of us who know that objective truths such as the fundamental human right to life and the primacy of marriage and the family and society founded upon it have universal applicability cannot rest. Decisions such as Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission simply give us more time.

    We know that the truths we proclaim about the dignity of every human person, marriage and authentic human freedom are not simply a matter of our religious doctrine. We also know they cannot be contained within the walls of our churches. They are the very sources of our liberty and are grounded in the Natural Law.

    Values informed by the by the Jewish and Christian heritage of the West have given rise to its entire approach to self governance. We cannot - we must not- and we will not - allow them to remain behind the walls of our Church buildings.

    After all, that violates our underlying mission - which permeates our entire reason for existence. The Christian faith may be personal, but it is not private. Its message is profoundly public, meant for the whole world. And its messengers will never stop proclaiming it in word, lifestyle and deed.