Informed readers, informed consciences

We at The Catholic Sun receive a great deal of feedback from you, our faithful readers. During election seasons, the comments tend to split between two different camps: Some think that we are too conservative, while others are convinced that we are too liberal. So perhaps we are right where we are supposed to be.

What we can do about the jobless rate

Every once in a while I like to give up my creature comforts to remind myself of the blessings God has afforded me. But I also do it so I can learn about and identify with others who might not have received such blessings.

Big Brother tells Church to pay up — or get buried in fines

Years ago when our five children were small, my husband and I managed to keep them insulated from the corrupting influence of the pagan society in which we live. They had never heard the word “stupid” and no one had ever uttered the words “shut up” in their presence.

Human Freedom; Part three: Progress and growth in freedom

In the previous part of this series, we looked at the first of three stages of education for human freedom, and saw how it is built on natural inclinations given to us by God and on the discipline of obedience. Now, we shall consider the second stage, where we progressively interiorize what has been learned in stage one. Here, personal initiative comes to the fore and virtues begin to be formed. We develop a consistency of personal intention to act in accord with excellence.

The road to infanticide

A baby unable to consume food or water was born on April 15, 1982. The parents refused a procedure to correct the defect —...

The future of the pro-life cause

“It’s the economy, stupid!” James Carville’s memorable note-to-self during the 1992 presidential race will be the determining factor in the 2012 campaign, according to the...

My friend, the Catholic who wasn’t

My best friend is one of the most Catholic people I know. Only he’s not Catholic. But we can all learn something about being...

Debate fails to persuade dissenters; conversion of heart needed

Nestled in the mountains not far from Naples, Italy, there’s a rustic little village known as Pietrelcina. Visitors from all over the world descend...

Human Freedom; Part two: Education for freedom

“It is not enough to say ‘I am free’,” Blessed John Paul II was accustomed to say, “One needs also to say ‘I am...

Our faith should transform our politics

In response to editors' requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is a column titled "Our faith...