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August 14, 2018

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Incredible Meeting Stops University From Experimenting With Body Parts From Aborted Babies
For years, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has performed research using fetal body parts. And for years, they might have been violating federal law which prohibits the exchange of fetal tissue “for any profit or benefit of valuable consideration.”

Churches Throughout Brazil Ring Their Bells At The Same Time To Stand Against Abortion
Brazilian churches are ringing in their opposition to the killing of unborn babies in light of the country’s talks about decriminalizing abortion.

The Amazing Pro-Life Story Behind The Life Of Apple Founder Steve Jobs
The first thing to think about is that Jobs was born in 1955. His biological mother, an unwed graduate student, gave birth and arranged for his adoption. This was 18 years before abortion became legal in America by way of Roe v. Wade. If Jobs had been conceived 18 years later, or if Roe v. Wade had become the law of the land 18 years earlier, there is some chance that there never would have been a Steve Jobs.

Vatican Makes Progress On Pushing Drug Availability For Kids With HIV
An initiative to identify and properly treat children living with HIV has gained new momentum as international organizations and pharmaceutical companies respond to a Vatican push to look past profit to doing the right thing.

We Need To Help Global Refugees
U.S. refugee resettlement is at an historic low. This year, the U.S. government slashed admissions to just 45,000 refugees, compared to 110,000 the previous year, and as we approach the end of this fiscal year, only 18,516 refugees have been resettled in the U.S. to date.

Japan: Reflection On Peace By Archbishop Of Nagasaki
We are taught that humanity has dignity by virtue of being created in the image of God and that therefore all human beings are a family. In addition, we know that God has given us a mission to build solidarity through reconciliation and mutual love. Based on that conviction, let us try to use information to tell the truth with love, to strengthen each other and create bonds. Let us always keep a close eye on the situation in the world, especially in East Asia, and pray that politicians continue patient dialogue to pursue mutual benefits and peace, rather than their own narrow interests.

Doran Reaffirms Humanae Vitae Teaching
The Chair of the Irish Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics has said there is a “direct connection between the ‘contraceptive mentality’ and the surprisingly high number of people who seem ready to redefine marriage today as a relationship between two people without distinction as to sex”.

Iowa Abortion Rates Drop 50% In 10 Years As More Babies Saved From Abortion
The death of even one baby from abortion is one too many, but there is a great reason for pro-life advocates in Iowa to celebrate. New figures from the Hawkeye State show the number of abortions on babies there have dropped just under 50% over the last ten years.

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21st Century Asian Slaves

The crisis of health of trafficking victims in Southeast Asia deepens as a recent study finds victims badly abused. The research discovered that people caught in trafficking suffer beatings, neglect and severe health problems no matter where they end up working. Researchers interviewed more than 1,100 men, women and children in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, who had been trafficked into at least 15 sectors – including factory work, domestic labour, sex work and fishing. An estimated 56% of forced labourers live in the Asia and Pacific region, especially in the Greater Mekong subregion, which has more than 13 million migrant workers, 13% are trafficked Vietnamese migrants, and 17% of 596 Thai fisherman reported that they were working against their will or under threat of penalties. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! The culture of death began as an academic exercise

Felipe E. Vizcarrondo
Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have very bad consequences. The free exchange of ideas ought to be encouraged in a democratic society. But responsible citizens must be aware of the consequences their words will have on culture and society.

New! Roe v. Wade has brought women grief. It's time to acknowledge it

Veronika Winkels
Overturning the judges' ruling could encourage real help for pregnant women. Perhaps the voices we need to pay more attention to right now are those of women who have the courage to openly acknowledge that their abortions brought them indescribable grief, and that they regret them. That group of women is a large one. Roe v. Wade made it a large one.

New! Philosophy and Theology: End of Life Questions

Christopher Kaczor
As baby boomers enter retirement and age, it is likely that end-of-life issues will gain greater and greater public attention. Several recent articles reflect on these issues. In "Making Christian Life and Death Decisions," Rev. Kevin Flannery, SJ, of the Gregorian University, offers a helpful look at end-of-life issues such as euthanasia, artificial nutrition and hydration, and life-sustaining treatments, making use of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.

New! Thinking Clearly About Immigration

Timothy Hsiao
All human beings share certain universal human rights. But I am not just a human. I am also an American, a Kansan, a university instructor, and a member of a church body. Each one of these relationships generates specific goods, rights, and responsibilities that are unique to me. The same is true for nation-states, each of which have a distinct culture and unique responsibilities to its own citizens.

New! From Termination to Extermination: The International Down Syndrome Genocide

David F. Forte
The beautiful, happy 2018 Gerber Baby, Lucas, is lucky to be alive. Most children diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are now killed before birth. Estimates vary, but in the United States, abortions of children whose Down syndrome is detected in the womb are in the range of about 67 percent. The lethal discrimination practiced against such persons has become a worldwide phenomenon. Iceland has trumpeted its success in eliminating people with Down syndrome from the island. Denmark, whose people heroically saved over 95 percent of the Jews living there during World War II, now boasts that 98 percent of unborn children with the condition are aborted. Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, and Belgium all have rates exceeding 90 percent.

Walking with My Ghost

Hank Mattimore
Steven Levine, author of "A Year To Live," suggests that we take a day off from living from time to time. He advises us to use our imagination to disconnect ourselves from life and pretend that we have died. We see the world as though it were the day after our funeral. We walk through a world in which we no longer are physically present.

The Nobel Peace Prize they'll never give

Michael Cook
Surrogacy will be one of our biggest human rights challenges. But same-sex parenting boosters will veto awards to those who fight it.

Nature editor questions "the religion of science"

Michael Cook
The public should treat scientists with a bit less reverence, says a senior editor of Nature in a controversial column in The Guardian. Henry Gee writes that scientists acquired an undeserved aura of absolute authority in the 20th century.

Pakistan: Human rights lawyers verbally and physically abused in court over case involving other lawyers

Asia Human Rights
With the collapse of the overall system of governance in Pakistan, the jail system followed suit and collapsed.

Queering education

Robert R. Reilly
What will happen in the classroom if same-sex marriage is legalised? Massachusetts offers a vision of the future.

Purgatory: Workshop For Heaven

Anthony Zimmerman
By no means will any of us enter heaven, or even want to enter there, unless our characters are in perfect shape, and our deficits are paid up in full. Purgatory is the service shop where repair work is done, and where books are balanced.

A Primeval Revelation

Anthony Zimmerman
We correctly assume that our Adam and Eve instructed their children about the revelation they had received, and so provided the human race with an original catechesis; this likely included teachings of faith, a primeval form of the ten commandments, sacred rites, and prayer. Human culture was initially based on the primeval revelation, and so fanned out with peoples to all parts of the globe.

Fragmentation of the Personality Associated with Post-Abortion Trauma
by Joel Osler Brende, M.D., FAPA

A.I.R.V.S.C.
In a follow-up article to “Post-Trauma Sequelae Following Abortion And Other Traumatic Events,” Dr. Brende explains that post-traumatic fragmentation of the personality following abortion has important personal as well as social implications. He points out that victims of post-traumatic self-fragmentation intermittently become self-destructive, depressed and/or antisocial. Traumatized adolescents and young women are reported to be particularly vulnerable to the loss of innocence and idealism and meaning for their lives.

Rising Above the Earth

Douglas P. McManaman
Many people who would otherwise rise to great spiritual heights cannot do so because they are still attached to the earth, to one or more vices that they are unwilling to surrender, or to temporal goods to which they are inordinately attached and which act as weights that counter the force of the flame urging them upward.

God, Death, and Capital Punishment

Christopher O. Tollefsen
It is philosophically and theologically defensible for Catholics to believe that the death penalty is intrinsically wrong.