Donald DeMarco

We have been a long time in the making

Donald DeMarco: It is a relatively simple thing to make something. All we need to do is put together parts that are readily available. Man is a maker. Homo faber is his classical name. On the other hand, man himself is made. The process of making a man is unimaginably complex and extends over centuries. We could not come into existence save [...]

2024-05-01T09:13:23-04:00May 1, 2024|Abortion, Donald DeMarco|

Motherhood and poetry

Donald DeMarco, Commentary: Poetry in the best sense offers us glimpses into reality that we can ill afford to do without. Science, opinion polls, psychological theories, and the like, are but shadows in comparison with the light by which poetry can illuminate certain realities. G.K. Chesterton maintained that “great poets use the telescope as well as the microscope.” This paradoxical feature may make [...]

2022-09-15T11:27:07-04:00September 15, 2022|Donald DeMarco, Marriage and Family|

Should Scripture Be More Trans-Friendly?

Donald De Marco The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (U.K.) have issued a new set of guidelines that introduces an assortment of “trans-friendly” terms. The concern is to avoid offending people who have been transgendered by insisting that there is such a thing as distinct sexes. The guidelines instruct doctors, nurses, and midwives to use gender-neutral terms. Thus, “chestfeeding” should replace “breastfeeding” [...]

2021-04-06T15:00:39-04:00April 6, 2021|Donald DeMarco, Motherhood, Soconvivium, Transgender|

Fads, fallacies, and flags

Commentary St. Jerome’s University, in Waterloo, Ont., and purportedly a Catholic institution, has decided to fly the LGBTQ flag on its campus to celebrate “Pride” month. Interim President Scott Kline, whose term began on July 1, 2019, defended the action as a way of sending the message that “all are welcome in this place.” The immediate reaction to the move has shown [...]

Striving for excellence

Kirk Gibson's iconic 1988 World Series home run. Donald DeMarco writes is an example of one of the great joys of life. In sports, you either win or lose, but you cannot win unless you play the game. This axiom applies to life as well as to philosophy. One cannot succeed in life unless he puts aside the fear of [...]

2019-10-16T05:08:39-04:00October 15, 2019|Donald DeMarco, Society & Culture|

The coming nightmare of abstract humanism

There are many definitions of the cynic. The one I choose for this article describes the person who is hostile toward the past that he knows and hospitable toward the future that he does not know. The clearest example of this form of cynicism about which I am aware belongs to a former colleague of mine who shall remain anonymous: “Marriage is [...]

2019-09-16T08:42:51-04:00September 16, 2019|Abortion, Donald DeMarco, Planned Parenthood|

What do you say when no one listens?

A group of male pro-lifers arrived on the campus of Penn State University recently to dialogue with students about what is truly the most important moral issue of our time. The results were mixed. However, a few female students rigidly maintained that men have no business talking about abortion. Therefore, dialogue between men and women, in their minds, on the subject of [...]

2019-07-23T13:26:22-04:00July 25, 2019|Donald DeMarco, Human rights, Pro-Life|

The fragile dew-drop

We live, scientists tell us, in a four-dimensional space-time continuum. In a way that is difficult to grasp, space and time are profoundly inter-related. But the imagination lives in a fifth dimension -- Dimension H -- the realm of the hypothetical. What is and what could be lie in tantalizingly close proximity to each other, separated only by our free choices. Free [...]

2015-09-26T12:03:15-04:00September 24, 2015|Announcements, Book Review, Donald DeMarco, Features|

Assessing culture power

A convention for liberal activists was held in Providence, R.I. in mid-June, 2012. The opening speaker, who will remain nameless out of respect to her ancestry, is a Democratic congressional candidate. She called the attendees to exercise “culture power” and urged women who had had abortions, as well as those who supported these women, to stand. She then said to [...]

2012-10-01T12:19:26-04:00September 30, 2012|Columnist, Donald DeMarco, Society & Culture|

Q & A with Donald DeMarco

Editor’s Note: Editor Paul Tuns spoke with frequent Interim contributor Donald DeMarco by email. DeMarco, a prolific author, professor emeritus at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ont., and an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., was recently named a Senior Fellow of HLI America, an initiative of Human Life International. Some of his recently writings [...]

2012-07-04T08:38:04-04:00June 28, 2012|Announcements, Columnist, Donald DeMarco, Features|

The fate worse than death: making everybody equal

In the movie version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, there is a scene in which the captain of the book-burning squad makes off-hand comments on some of the books that are about to be incinerated. In his view, philosophy books are the most pernicious. He pulls down a book from the shelf and cradles it in his hands for a moment [...]

2012-02-23T10:59:01-05:00February 23, 2012|Donald DeMarco|

Great expectations

“All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.” -- George Gordon Lord Byron Birth, as it is often said, is a miracle. A baby is born, a living, breathing, honest-to-goodness baby that you can hold in your arms. Just prior to delivery, it was something parents were expecting, but whose reality was still concealed. It was something [...]

2011-12-12T12:17:23-05:00December 12, 2011|Columnist, Donald DeMarco, Marriage and Family|

The home run derby and polygamy

I am a baseball fan. I appreciate, therefore, the dramatic home run and the superlative play of those privileged individuals who are dubbed All Stars. Naturally, on the night of July 11, I turned my TV channel to the broadcast of the All Star Home Run Derby. But a strange thing happened. Despite the triadic confluence of baseball, home runs, and All Stars, [...]

2011-08-09T11:18:07-04:00August 9, 2011|Announcements, Donald DeMarco, Features, Issues|

A time-traveler’s review of feminism

“The Time Travel Society will hold its annual meeting three years ago.” This chronological bit of humor may be viewed as a tribute to H. G. Wells’ fabled time machine.  Nevertheless, we do possess a technology that has much in common with time travel. It is the modern television set, partnered, as it is, with the handheld remote that can carry us, at [...]

2011-07-25T07:57:01-04:00July 25, 2011|Donald DeMarco|

The advantages of being mistaken

I have, on a few occasions, during my career as a pro-life advocate, been mistaken for one who promotes the other side. A TV talk show host invited me to come on her show to neutralize a previous guest of hers who was, to her chagrin, pro-life. A group of pro-abortionists asked me to host a pro-choice taping for them. I have [...]

2011-05-26T14:33:52-04:00May 26, 2011|Columnist, Donald DeMarco|
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