“In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred.” – Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican Spokesman, May 2, 2011
Category Archives: Current Events
In a few short days, 2 billion people — some little girls, mostly grown adults — will watch in high definition as Catherine Middleton marries Prince William. It seems to be all the news can cover, and who can blame them? It is the wedding of the century, costing 30 million dollars. What will Princess Kate wear? Who is invited? Will it rain (I mean, we are talking London here)? This is the stuff fairytales are made of, and this is what the wonderful world of Disney fed our childhood dreams with: prince meets commoner and makes her his princess bride…“and they lived happily ever after.”
In an industry where most grown adults would not dare to answer such questions, Justin Bieber takes a clear stand for life. You might think the anti-abortion comment would have polarized him, but it was his response to rape that has caused more controversy. The media and Pro-Life Christian groups have spun Bieber’s comment, accusing him of believing that it’s a part of God’s plan for women to be raped.
As hundreds of thousands march for life across the country today, we share the stories of those impacted by the fight for life.
I believe that abortion is a terrible evil. Because I believe that, for the past couple years I’ve gone to the March for Life held in Washington D.C. It’s a peaceful protest held in the middle of the city where an estimated 250,000-400,000 people gather to let the government know they’re not okay with the decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973.
There’s one scene that I’ll never forget from the March for Life…
(Editor’s Note: Professor Bob Rice is a veteran youth minister and professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville. This month, he guest blogs for us.)
A few weeks ago, John David Duty was killed by lethal injection in the state of Oklahoma. He had strangled his cellmate, Curtis Wise, with his shoelaces in 2001. He was already in jail for rape, robbery, and shooting with intent to kill in a 1978 conviction. Another man executed. So what? It happens 50-60 times a year…
This month, we reach the 37th anniversary of the “Roe V. Wade” decision that legalized abortion In the US, and are again brought face to face with one of the most divisive issues in our nation. Since 1973, over 40 million children have been aborted in the United States. That’s more than any state’s population – if California fell into the ocean, it’d only be 37.2 million people. Whether we’d like to admit it or not – whether it’s comfortable or not – abortion is a monumental issue.
First of all, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I know that the rest of the world is done with Christmas after December 25th, but we as Christians are just getting started. Now that all the gifting is finished, we are left to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas with no distractions.
This is the perfect setting to ask yourself questions about where you’ve been and where you’re going. After all, 2011 is just around the corner and everyone will be talking about their New Year’s resolutions. But did you know there is a right and a wrong way to craft a New Year’s resolution? It’s all about being S.M.A.R.T. Let me explain…
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2010 was a wonderful year for the Movement of Life Teen, and not just because this year marked our 25th anniversary. We had an powerful year at summer camps, conferences, missions, and parishes. I sifted through 100s of photos from 2010 and picked out my favorites. Can you find yourself?
So MTV’s #1 show of the past ten years is now over. Last night’s much-hyped finale gave little closure, and here’s three reasons why: 1. It was Real. And Fake. Through six seasons, fans of the show are still debating which parts of The Hills are real and which are fake. The reality show began by telling the story of a handful of young adults trying to make their way in Hollywood. But the show wasn’t filmed and edited in the documentary style of of other reality shows. The Hills had stunning Read more [...]
The presents are open, the wrapping paper has been cleaned up… and the batteries have been lost. New toys (and probably some school supplies or slippers) have been enjoyed. The feasts have turned into leftovers and kitchens are now “Cold-Cut Central.” It’s the lull – that week between Christmas and New Year’s. I’ve always thought that New Year’s is such an interesting time… one where we look two directions at once. Every TV channel and magazine is full of “Year in Review” or Read more [...]
It’s almost Halloween – a day that causes Christian controversy, debate, and lots of ‘fire and brimstone’ speeches. And even though I’m way too old to go Trick or Treating this year, I did take some time to think about the ‘spookiest’ Greeting-Card holiday. If you’re Catholic, you know that Halloween night is really the vigil for All Saints’ Day, when we remember all those in Heaven. The more I thought about that; these two events that overlapped, I realized they’re both focused Read more [...]
Olivia, Mark Hart, and Fr. J chat about why the world’s greatest minds seem to be atheist.
Olivia, Matt Smith, and Fr. J discuss the Church’s response to the abuse scandal, and what impact that has on our faith.
What’s up with evolution? Did we come from monkeys? Olivia, Fr. J, and Greg Iwinski figure out if it matters how we got here.
For the last two months I have talked to students and teens at the high school where I work. There have been tears, complaints, and laughter. All of this surrounds the fact that our school will not sponsor a Prom in the Spring. You see, where I live, Prom is no longer the event where you can take pictures, have dinner, and dance with your friends before graduation. In fact, the dance has little to nothing to do with Prom as it has become. Very few will stay for longer than an hour at a Read more [...]