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July 23, 2017

Breaking News

Judge Says Charlie Gard’s Parents Can’t Take Him To U.S. Even Though He Was Given U.S. Residency

Plan To Give Terminally Ill Patients Access To Lethal Drugs
Patients would need to be of sound mind — ruling out people who suffer dementia — and would have to self-administer life-ending medication unless physically unable, in which case a doctor would deliver the dose.

Chile Senate Passes Bill Taking First Step In Legalizing Abortion
Chile Senate Passes Bill Taking First Step in Legalizing Abortion

Medical Miracle; 12-Ounce Baby Born 4 Months Premature Gets To Go Home
Emily Rose Hollins arrived home from the hospital on Friday for the first time since her premature birth five months ago.

Assisted-Suicide Measure Takes Effect In Washington, D.C.
A new measure took effect on Monday in the nation’s capital, allowing doctors and pharmacies to provide terminally ill patients with life-ending medication. Washington, D.C.’s mayor signed the Death with Dignity Act last December, but the measure wasn’t implemented until this week.

Mother From China Dies After Husband Forces Her To Abort FOUR Baby Girls In A Year
It is being reported that a mother of one from Eastern China has died after her husband forced her to abort four babies in the space of a year - because he was determined to have a son.

Digital Media Have Many Positives For Kids
We need to help them use it in a critical and balanced way.

Responding To The Sexual Revolution
Glynn Harrison’s new book A Better Story: God, Sex and Human Flourishing (Inter Varsity Press, 2017), grapples with the lessons the sexual revolution has for the Christian community. He challenges Christians to think deeply about pressing questions of identity and human flourishing.

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Is Nuclear Power the Solution

Dear Friends for Life: David Gutierrez in NaturalNews asks, “Chernobyl Has Killed One Million People; Will Fukushima Kill Five Million?” In Fukushima, March 2011, a major earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at three separate reactors, the cores of which continue to disperse so much “radiation” that one would die instantly if entering the area. Is there a quick-fix solution to this radiation problem? Definitely not. The radiation problem will continue on its present course of destruction for many years into the future. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! "Harmonious Household": Homer's Odyssey on the Breakdown of Marriage and Family

Kelly Scott Franklin
Although we tend to think of the Odyssey as a story of homecoming, it has just as much to say about the terrible cost of homewrecking. Homer's ancient book offers a timely lesson for readers living in an age when so many forces are working to erode the institutions of marriage and the family.

New! Abortion Begs the Question: Is Hell Real?

Judie Brown
The subject of hell always raises eyebrows. Nobody wants to hear about it, and many people do not even believe it exists. In our modern culture some believe the word "hell" represents nothing more than a scare tactic or a fable of long ago.

New! In the Charlie Gard controversy, the NY Times backs infanticide

Michael Cook
The case of dying English baby Charlie Gard shows how much public opinion about life and death issues is swayed by emotion rather than thoughtful deliberation. In an op-ed this week the NY Times hits rock bottom.

New! The Sufis: Islam's Anti-Terrorists

Robert Carle
Westerners tend to think Islam's recent trajectory is one of resurgent Wahhabi-inspired extremism, but growing numbers of Muslims are adopting Sufi practices that promote peace, hope, and harmony among religions.

New! Charlie Gard's parents have the right to try new treatment

Nancy Valko
A central issue in the controversy over withdrawal of treatment from British baby Charlie Gard is that of parental rights.

Abusive Population Control

Since its beginnings in the 19th Century and especially since its exponential growth after World War II, the global population control movement has inflicted documented human rights abuses on millions of women worldwide. During the overpopulation hysteria of the 1960s and 1970s and into the 1980s, nations from Mexico to India implemented coercive population control policies that forcibly sterilized millions of women, forced millions more to have abortions, and also forcibly sterilized millions of men.

Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing

Tom Bartolomeo
The outcome of our national elections does not decide our salvation. Our opposition to intrinsic evil does, particularly upholding traditional marriage, the dignity of human conception and the protection of the life of the unborn child. Evil of such magnitude trumps and far outweighs any and all other considerations. We can not be so blind to the truth and not "cry out and say . . . with courage" as did Bartimaeus: Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me . . . I want to see.

Abstinence Until Marriage: The Best Message For Teens

Bridget Maher
Teen unwed childbearing has negative consequences for mothers, children, and society. Unwed teen mothers are likely to live in poverty and be dependent on welfare, and only about 50 percent of them are likely to finish high school... Children born to teen mothers are more likely than other children to have lower grades, to leave high school without graduating, to be abused or neglected, to have a child as an unmarried teenager, and to be delinquent. ... Aside from the risk of pregnancy, teens have a high risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Each year 3 million teens -- 25 percent of sexually active teens -- are infected with an STD.

How "risk reduction" policies keep the cost of teen sex high

Carolyn Moynihan
Economics might not be the most obvious discipline for studying teenage sexual activity and its results, but the dismal science can, in fact, throw some light on what seems an intractable modern problem.

Who says it's not a good time to end abortion?

Barbara Kralis
Consistency is faithfulness. Pope John Paul II said, "But all faithfulness must pass the more exacting test of duration. It is easy to be consistent for a day or two. It is difficult and important to be consistent one's whole life. It is easy to be consistent in the hour of enthusiasm; it is difficult to be so in the hour of tribulation. And only a consistency that lasts throughout the whole life can be called faithfulness."

In Vitro Fertilization and the Church's Teaching

Ray Campbell
If we look at IVF the situation is very different. The child is not conceived in and through the very act which celebrates the two-in-oneness of the spouses. The child is conceived as a result of a whole series of acts and decisions, most of which are not the acts or decisions of the parents, but of others. The act of intercourse, if it takes place, is only accidental to the procedure. The spouses produce the gametes which are used by others in order to produce the end product. These acts are actions typical of a making, a producing. In IVF a person comes into being as an object of manipulation by the technicians. This is a relationship of radical dominance, which does not embody the respect for the dignity of the individual.

Part Two Troublemaker - Advocate

Ron Panzer
Society is not exclusively culture of death or culture of life. There are some aspects that are wonderful while many other parts of society are corrupt and evil. There are some really wonderful administrators who are just as dedicated as the most caring staff. Working with them is a privilege.

Reason should be open to God

Leonard Franchi
Benedict XVI had provocative ideas about the true nature of education.

The language of dehumanization

Thomas Clark
The words we heard in the Gosnell trial resembled some of the horrific slang of the Vietnam War.

Stem Cell Research: Some Pros and Cons

Dianne N. Irving
The debates are raging. Many people are confused about what stem cell research really is, and wonder why all the fuss. There are several well documented and well-articulated sources of information available on this issue already, so the following is simply a brief over-view of some of the major scientific, ethical and legal pros and cons.