Call for Congressional Inquiry into Corpse Shows

A NJ Congressman has called for the US Attorney General to investigate corpse shows. Lawmakers are calling for Congress to probe bodies shows in the wake of ABC News “20/20” report on the black market of bodies coming from China to be put on display across the United States. “It has every mark of executions…

Freedom of the Press

Can we have freedom of the press if reporters find themselves subject to the full weight of governmental pressure to get them to disclose confidential sources? Case in point. Aren’t such measures intended to inspire fear in the hearts of journalists, to get them to back off stories of importance? Isn’t it a form of…

Some Young Adult Groups I Knew

In the nine years I was director of young adult and campus ministry for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, I encountered a wide variety of young adult groups throughout the city. There were some that were earnest in their faith and enthusiastic in sharing it; I think especially of those young adults associated with Bayou Awakening…

Diminishing Freedom in Favor of the Common Good

Houston Catholic Worker argues on behalf of labor unions, suggesting that you must limit individual freedom in pursuit of the common good. That’s frighteningly similar to arguments made by totalitarian regimes of the left and the right through the ages, and akin to the arguments made by supporters of the “Patriot Act.”

“Intellectual Scandal”?

Liberal German scholar Gerd Ludemann bitterly attacks the recent book on Jesus by Pope Benedict XVI, calling it an “intellectual scandal”–because the pope dares to assert the divinity of Jesus, the inspiration of Scripture, and the reliability of the Gospel accounts. Ludemann is a fan of the “Jesus Seminar,” and his review has been expanded…