April 17, 2014

The Pro-Life Cause, Orthodoxy, and Hope

The Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth

Source: Frederica | Frederica Mathewes-Green - A talk for an Orthodox Christian Pro-Life Event; January 22, 2012. Today is the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion—through all 50 states, for any reason whatsoever. When I was a college student, back in the 70’s, I was in favor of legalizing abortion. I wasn’t a Christian then, but I was a feminist, the first feminist in my dorm, and I was loudly in favor of social revolution and women’s rights. I took it for granted that abortion was necessary, if women were ever going to be equal to men. Of course, I didn’t think the number of abortions would ever be very high. Most of us, at that time, assumed that women wouldn’t want to have abortions, and would do so only in the most extreme situations. Things didn’t turn out that way. As of last June, the number of abortions since Roe v. Wade was 53,600,000.    (NRLC estimate of … [Read more...]

Frederica Mathewes-Green: Gay Rights [AUDIO]

Frederica - Here and Now

Frederica's podcast does not offer the definitive answer on homosexuality, but it is laced with the graciousness, compassion, and fidelity to Orthodox teaching that has become her hallmark over the years. It's worth a listen, even if only as a reminder that good people struggle with same-sex attraction who don't adopt the ideological rigidity of the activist and others who insist on a moral parity between opposite-sex and same-sex behaviors. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Interview with Frederica Mathewes-Green and Fr. Hans Jacobse [AUDIO]

Frederica - Here and Now

After the debate in Maryland, Frederica and Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green invited me to their home for breakfast on the way to the airport. It was the first time I met them. Frederica is a very gracious woman. She made a beautiful breakfast (homemade pancakes, I love pancakes, these were great), we had some great conversation, and then she pulled out a portable microphone and started interviewing me. Fr. Gregory told me she carries the microphone in her purse and when the muse strikes her she records a podcast. What follows is the interview, a kind of immediate reflection on the debate two days earlier. … [Read more...]