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Polemics

Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote an excellent article called “The Decline of Controversy.” He gave the Center permission to publish it in From the Housetops magazine. His major point was that false ecumenism and religious indifference were undermining the art of religious disputation. The good old days of vibrant argumentation were being replaced by soulless dialogue. The more controversy declines the more truth becomes relative.

Polemics can be called the art of disputation. It is more than debate; it is animated debate. By its very nature polemics is meant to be a stimulating exercise, which fortifies the mind by establishing the reasons that support the truths we believe in. And one way to do that is by exposing the fallacies of the arguments used to support false doctrine.  With liberals and Protestants, polemics employs arguments based on the authority of scripture and tradition. But the polemicist may also utilize contrast in exposing doctrinal or moral fallacies. Whatever tools are used, charity is the balm that softens the opponents hearts so that they may listen to or read arguments rather than ad hominems.

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‘Catholics’ Who Serve Planned Parenthood in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

Amid the gruesome revelations of the ghoulish practices by Planned Parenthood—the country’s worst perpetrator of abortions—came the news that the local political arm of this organized crime network, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, keeps a list of “Champions” and “Allies” who serve the interests of the abortion industry in the Massachusetts General Court. In the first part of our analysis, released on July … More →


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Human Capital – Episode 3: Planned Parenthood’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (The Center for Medical Progress) — The third episode in a new documentary web series and 7th video on Planned Parenthood’s supply of aborted fetal tissue tells a former procurement technician’s harrowing story of harvesting an intact brain from a late-term male fetus whose heart was still beating after the abortion. The “Human Capital” documentary web series, produced by The Center for Medical … More →

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Human Capital – Episode 2: Inside the Planned Parenthood Supply Site

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (The Center for Medical Progress) — The second episode in a new documentary web series highlights a young woman’s eyewitness narrative of the daily practice of fetal body parts harvesting in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, describing tissue procurement workers’ coordination with abortion providers, the pressure placed on patients, and disregard for patient consent. The “Human Capital” documentary web series, produced by The Center … More →

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Fifth Undercover Video from CMP: Intact Fetuses ‘Just a Matter of Line Items’ for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center

HOUSTON, Aug. 4 (Center for Medical Progress) — The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses. In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company … More →


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Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

DENVER, July 30 (Center for Medical Progress) — New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is a wealthy, multi-state Planned Parenthood affiliate that does over 10,000 … More →

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Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (Center for Medical Progress) — The first episode in a new documentary web series features a woman who once worked in Planned Parenthood clinics describing the profit motive involved in Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts, and includes new admissions from top-level Planned Parenthood leadership about the illicit pricing structure. The “Human Capital” documentary web series is produced by … More →

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PJB: Planned Parenthood and a New Dark Age

Buchanan does a fine job. Excerpts: “If God does not exist, then everything is permissible.” Ivan Karamazov’s insight came to mind while watching the video of Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood describe, as she sipped wine and tasted a salad, how she harvests the organs of aborted babies for sale to select customers. “Yesterday was the first time … people wanted lungs,” said Nucatola, “Some people … More →


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‘Crux’ Publishes Poll by Anti-Catholic Hate Group

The Boston Globe’s visceral, longstanding, and institutionally pervasive hostility towards Roman Catholicism plummeted to new depths of malice and mendacity yesterday, when its religious website Crux, billed as “Covering all things Catholic,” published a column by a functionary of the anti-Catholic hate group, Catholics for Choice. In a disinformation piece entitled “Do Catholic millennials buy US bishops’ religious freedom arguments?”, one Jen Girdish, identified as Associate Director of Communications for the group, … More →


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Catholic Legislators Serving Planned Parenthood: Naming Names, Pulling No Punches

The gruesome revelations that Planned Parenthood—America’s largest perpetrator of abortions—is now engaged in the hideously evil and horrifically ghoulish practice of harvesting for profit the body parts of the unborn children it murders on an industrial scale, ought to remind the Catholic community that this demonic entity thrives because of the financial support it receives from the taxpayers through the votes of our elected representatives. A recent article … More →


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Boy Scouts Accelerate Their Moral Demise

It was not a very difficult prediction. The handwriting was on the wall. On May 27, 2013, I wrote, on this site: …the time it took for the US Armed Forces to go from “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the present aggressively proactive homosexualist policy will seem long compared to the time it takes the BSA to change their policy on homosexuals as adult leaders. The coercive … More →


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Sick Monsters at Planned Parenthood Harvesting Organs Illegally for Profit

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (Center for Medical Progress) — New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses, and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts. In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human … More →

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Obergefell v. Hodges: A Moment of Grace

At the end of a short posting on our site, “Rod Dreher on Obergefell and Living as Exiles,” I said about that horrible SCOTUS ruling: “this is a moment of grace for us.” The promise was made to develop that thought, which I now set out to do. Some background is in order. By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and … More →


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Steve Wood’s Warning on Degenerate Proselytism in the Wake of Obergefell

A friend just sent me a newsletter he gets from Steve Wood. It concerns Obergefell v. Hodges and the terrible prospects that wicked bit of judicial activism holds out for our youth. My correspondent is of the opinion that Mr. Wood is one of the few conservative Catholic writers saying correctly that the homosexual movement is a very real threat to our children and grandchildren, who are all potential targets of recruitment because … More →


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Catholic Action League Denounces Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized this morning’s decision by the U. S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States—ratified in 1868—contained a heretofore undiscovered right to same gender marriage. The five to four decision, written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, a … More →


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Persecuting People with Your Victimhood

Has the mad-science laboratory of Political Correctness finally evolved victims into persecutors? Well, of course it has. Anyone paying attention to the news, and seeing bakers, inn-keepers, and others who refuse to serve the homosexual agenda being disenfranchised and legally pilloried knows it is. Given the “progressive” nature of this phenomenon (and “progress” here goes from simply wanting tolerance to demanding conformity), it can only … More →


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