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Jerry Novotny OMI
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November 16, 2018

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Abortion Dominates Family Planning Conference
Family-planning potentates donned super-hero masks at a conference in Rwanda this week, touting their “family-planning super powers.”

Countries Debate Soft Law In Death Penalty
A dramatic debate on national sovereignty erupted in the General Assembly on Tuesday over a proposed resolution on the global abolition of the death penalty.

Resist The ‘cold Shadow’ Of Euthanasia, Says Cardinal Collins
The “cold shadow” of euthanasia is spreading, Cardinal Thomas Collins has said.

Dutch Doctor Who Euthanised Woman Who "didn't Want To Die" Faces Prosecution
The story of a nursing home doctor who secretly drugged a 74 year old dementia patient's coffee before getting her relatives to hold her down while she administered a lethal injection caused horror around the world when it was reported last year.

How To Gain Control Of Your Kids’ Smartphone
The biggest pain point for many parents is—you guessed it—smartphones. Should our kids own them? If so, how do we keep them from owning our kids?

Rohingya Plead "They Will Kill Us If We Go Back"
There is panic in refugee camps in Bangladesh today amid reports that Myanmar and Bangladesh are to start refugee repatriations very soon. While the Bangladeshi government accepted approximately 700,000 Rohingya refugees after the Myanmar army’s ethnic cleansing campaign, Rohingya say authorities are now pressuring them to return.

Now Even Family Assisted Suicide?
Her obituary stated that Tessa was 55 years old and the divorced mother of two adult children when she died on May 14, 2002 in San Francisco, California after a nearly four year fight with breast cancer . She had been a real estate agent and later worked as controller in her son’s company.

Wenzhou Bishop Shao Zhumin Taken By Chinese Police For “10 Or 15 Days” Of “isolation And Indoctrination”...
He will be subjected to isolation and indoctrination for 10-15 days. The faithful ask the Church worldwide for prayers. Bishop Shao is recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government. In the diocese, official and underground communities are united.

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Editorial

Society Dehumanizing Unborn Babies?

Dear Friends for Life: Why this evil-disposed attack on procreation today? Procreation, the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing a biological offspring, is gradually being equalized with the phrase “profit and power at any cost”. Just look around. Big industry extending its strong influence over procreation and changing the meaning through manufacturing, engineering and controlling. For example, babies are made by IVF. In the process, on the average of 24 tiny lives die in order for one life to survive. Another example: Desired embryos are implanted in a uterus. The big question is: Whose uterus? The mother’s? A rented one (surrogacy)? An artificial womb? Yes, we are approaching a biotechnological breakthrough. Ectogenesis, the invention of a complete external womb, could completely change the nature of human reproduction. In April of last year, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announced their development of an artificial womb. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Where Angels Fear to Tread: The Fraud of Transgenderism

Babette Francis
Hard on the heels of the recent global campaign to legalize same-sex "marriage" has come another more radical product of the sexual revolution: the promotion across all levels of society of the radical ideology of transgenderism.

New! The Future of American Sexuality and Family: Five Key Trends

Mark Regnerus
We find ourselves in a liminal spot, one between long-taken-for-granted traditional relationships anchored in marriage and the future relationship system characterized more consistently by "confluent love." There will not be two dominant systems.

New! Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

Paul McHugh
The idea that one's sex is a feeling, not a fact, has permeated our culture and is leaving casualties in its wake. Gender dysphoria should be treated with psychotherapy, not surgery.

Transing California Foster Children and Why Doctors Like Us Opposed It

André Van Mol
California's AB2119 should not be law. Signing the bill is a triumph of ideology posing as science. Human beings should be affirmed, not false identities and sexual confusion.

The Dangerous Effects of Surrogacy: A Review of A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India

K. Blaine
The structure of the surrogacy market does not enhance individual freedom. Surrogate mothers are willing to abide by the rules imposed by the clinic and the intended parents in their desperation to bring their families out of poverty.

Bayer: A Trusted Name? Serious Side Effects Plague Yaz Oral Contraceptive

E. Christian Brugger
My friend Richard Doerflinger, hearing that the FDA was investigating the Bayer drug (again) for posing to women an 'unacceptable risk' of lethal blood clots, quipped, "You mean the FDA thinks there's an acceptable level of risk?!" Apparently. The BMJ studies concluded that women who use oral contraceptives such as YAZ have a two- to three-fold higher risk for developing potentially serious blood clots than women taking earlier-generation drugs.

The Heroic Battle of the United States to Preserve the Sacred Covenant of Marriage (1)
Part One

Barbara Kralis
Same-sex marriage, and other 'de facto unions,' part of a new ideology of insidious and hidden evil, attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man. Even if the majority of the people supported same-sex marriage and civil unions [and they don't] making them the equivalent to traditional marriage [and they are not], the majority would be gravely wrong.

Praying Community
Ordinary Sunday A-23

Antonio P. Pueyo
One of our deeper human needs is to belong. We want to feel accepted and welcomed by a close-knit group. In rural societies this need is filled in naturally by family, relatives, and neighbors. Relationships are defined by blood affiliations and extended by various forms of affinities. In rural communities people know most everybody in the village. In the village where I grew up people would know one another by their nicknames or by a particular trait (Pedro who owns the white buffalo). In this kind of setting, gathering people into praying communities is not so difficult. One can at least start with the natural closeness of people who usually are already members of a chapel group.

What really matters in life
Federico P. Labaglay, OMI

There are many ways of helping others. It could be by giving material goods like food or clothing or even financial help. It could be lending a listening ear to one with a heavy problem. It could be just sitting beside the bed of someone sick and do little things for him. It could be giving someone a job or helping him get one. It could be bringing to the attention of management some recommendations which will improve the condition of fellow workers in the work place thereby increasing loyalty to the company and productivity. No matter, we should help the needy in our own unique way.

Fortitude and Emotional Well-Being

Douglas P. McManaman
Synopsis: The typical hedonist today does not aspire to anything larger and higher, but settles for "feeling good". Such a life does not require fortitude. But a truly meaningful life, one whose meaning (direction) is determined in regards to man's true end -- which is the knowledge and love of the greatest good -- does indeed require a host of virtues belonging to fortitude. The virtue of temperance is thus not enough for emotional well-being, since temperance deals with the greatest pleasures, not the greatest difficulties. Rather, it belongs to fortitude to remove the obstacles that withdraw the will from following reason on account of difficulties that give rise to fear and/or daring.

Capital Punishment, Sanctity of Life, and Human Dignity

Christopher O. Tollefsen
Intentional killing is always wrong, and support of capital punishment often stems from a misunderstanding of the nature of human dignity.

The Psychology of Rape

A.I.R.V.S.C.
Rape is a topic that is always viewed as very difficult to address, presumably because it deals with complex psychological problems and because it involves sensitive sexual issues. However, those who support abortion rights argue that abortion provides a necessary benefit to the woman, who is pregnant as a result of rape. This discussion on the psychological aspects of rape will challenge this assumption.

Letters to Embryologist Keith L. Moore Re "Pre-Embryo"

Dianne N. Irving
As a former research biochemist at NIH, and a Ph.D. philosopher/bioethicist, I am writing to express my concern about your intended use of the term "pre-embryo" in your fifth edition of The Developing Human. ... I find it alarming that so many heretofore critical definitions based solely on highly debatable philosophical, sociological, political, ethical, etc., criteria - and especially those "definitions" that couldn't "make it" in their own fields - are now more and more seeking scientific data and conclusions for their very justification. In fact, I wonder if such extra-scientific influences are not beginning to "prejudice" the very data and conclusions of pure science itself - and hence this letter of concern to you.

"Openly Gay" Australian High Court Judge Thanks Kinsey

Judith Reisman
Australian commentator, Bill Muehlenberg said of Justice Kirby, in Christian Today, "If anyone wonders why society is in such a mess, they simply need to look at our ruling elites….judges, movers and shakers, and intellectualoids."

Public Life
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Antonio P. Pueyo
We are accountable to the public and its social expectations, but more than that, we are accountable to God. We know ourselves better than the public knows us, but most of all God knows the depths of our hearts.