Kasper James

Kasper James

Biography

Kasper is an undergraduate student at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, pursuing a degree in International Politics and Policy. A native of central Iowa he is partial to wide open spaces and rushing winds. When he is not writing for IYC or studying towards his degree, Kasper enjoys running, gardening, reading, meaningful conversations with friends, good tea, and writing for his own personal blog.

Thoughts

For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. ~St. James the Apostle

I fully believe that belief in God is important. However, as St. James the Apostle says, even the demons believe in God. True faith is meant to be so much more than belief. As our belief in God is worked out in His ordained institutions such as the Church and the Family, our faith is matured into what the Catechism calls the fullness of Christian life.  I am honored and humbled to be asked to write for the International Youth Coalition and to support the work of C-FAM as they proclaim the value and sanctity of human life, the Church, and the family.

Abortion

Pills By Proxy: The Culture Of Death Does Its Dirty Work At An Increasingly Disturbing Distance

Pope Saint John Paul II was right when he characterized ours as a “culture of death”. Perhaps that may have been a shocking statement to some ears in the middle-nineties. Such a statement is no longer shocking. Instead, the culture of death is openly embraced and promoted. In fact, the culture of death has become […]

Kasper James | July 12, 2015

Christianity

Gender Balance: The Holy Father on the Importance of both Men and Women in Church and Society

Coming away from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women there is one thought which has been most at the forefront of my mind. The thought generally presents itself as a question along the lines of “Is this whole thing about equality or restitution? And, what do you mean by ‘equality’?”. I am […]

Kasper James | May 25, 2015

Christianity

Striken, Smitten, and Elected

Recently, a schoolmate of mine excitedly recommended that I take the time to watch Prime Minister David Cameron’s Easter video. I admit I was skeptical about the content of the video from the beginning. I do not want to assign motive to a situation of which I am largely ignorant, but Cameron’s message raised some […]

Kasper James | May 6, 2015
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CSW

Society and Vengeance: Thought Provoking Side Comments from a Panel Discussion on Women and the Environment

I kicked off my attendance of the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) first thing on Monday morning by attending a side event about women’s involvement in creating and implementing environmental policy, sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The high level panel included the Undersecretary of State […]

Kasper James | April 15, 2015

Africa

Daily Bread Duly Balanced: Pipe Dreams of Eliminating Food Insecurity, Tempered with Faith

During the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) every conceivable facet of human existence is examined through the perspective of how women are involved, affected, excluded, needed, and pre-empted (along with a multitude of other verbs). Thus, while midtown Manhattan does not seem like the most obvious place to discuss and […]

Kasper James | March 22, 2015

Christianity

Will You Be My [Saint] Valentine?

[Disclaimer: This blog post does not pretend to be an authoritative or scholarly historical analysis. Rather it is a musing on parallels which may exist between to today and antiquity.] Today is Valentine’s Day. And while there may not be a lot of popular certainty about the precise origin of Saint Valentine’s Day, and even […]

Kasper James | February 14, 2015
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Christianity

Limits and Offenses: How Free Should Our Speech Be?

“What the #$%& is happening in France,” a friend asked me in a text message last week as French anti-terrorism police surrounded the town of Crépy-en-Valois and battled  a hostage situation at a Kosher market in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. My reply, “Immigration and freedom of the press…” was perhaps a bit too wry, […]

Kasper James | January 16, 2015

Abortion

Planned Pastor-hood

It seems that abortion giant Planned Parenthood is developing a habit of publishing pastoral letters in an attempt to garner support among Christians for abortion. The latest letter is an attempt to prove that abortion is not incongruent with religion. Bearing the title “A Pastoral Letter: About Your Abortion Decision,” and carrying the names of […]

Kasper James | November 28, 2014

Bioethics

Dignity and Autonomy: Brittany Maynard Plans to Take Her Own Life

Today was supposed to be the day that Brittany Maynard chose to die. This seems an odd sentence to write. Unfortunately, that statement is not a quote from an Aldous Huxley novel or the latest dystopian film. Instead, it is the only reality deemed plausible by a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. You have […]

Kasper James | November 2, 2014

LGBT

Pray For the Upcoming Synod on the Family

Catholics and Christians worldwide would do well to be in prayer for the upcoming Synod on the Family. Pope Francis has convened the synod to address “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” By calling a Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father is showing the importance of addressing the pastoral care […]

Kasper James | September 24, 2014