Jerry Novotny OMI
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June 26, 2017

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Disabled Professor: Nazi Euthanasia Program No Different Than Push To Euthanize People Today
Recently the euthanasia lobby attacked Dr Harvey Schipper for comparing “assisted dying” to the Nazi T-4 euthanasia program. This would not have been a big deal other than that fact that Schipper had been appointed to chair a working group that was to examine Canada’s euthanasia law and make recommendations concerning possible extensions to the law.

Premature Baby Born At 24 Weeks Weighed Just 1 Pound, But Now He’s Thriving
Kayden Slottkelooks extremely small for his age: He is seven months old and weighs about 14 pounds.

Nancy Pelosi Won’t Say Aborting A Baby With Beating Heart “Dishonors God”
CNS News put pro-abortion House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the spot this week, asking her if aborting an unborn baby with a beating heart dishonors God.

Pro-Life Talk At Google HQ Was So Good The Video Is Going Viral
Pro-life speaker Stephanie Gray is making a big impact after giving a pro-life talk at Google’s headquarters this spring.

Men And Abortion
Some in our culture believe that, since women can legally abort their unborn children, men should have the legal right to “financial abortions.” These would allow men to give up any parental rights and responsibilities they have to their children, should they be born. This perverse logic proposes that, since abortion prevents women from being “forced” to become parents, men shouldn’t be forced to become parents either.

How Planned Parenthood Dehumanizes Its Abortionists
Dr. Harris is important to Planned Parenthood, but only if no one ever knows what she experiences in their clinics.

Fathere's Day, And Single Moms
In 1970, two years before Father's Day was finally given formal recognition, less than 12% of American families with minor children were helmed by single mothers. Today, that number has risen to 26%. And since more than 40% of American babies are currently born to unwed mothers, the percentage of single-mother households is likely to keep going up. But why is that?

CTE Report Urges Pentecostal Churches To Do More To Tackle Human Trafficking
New report calls on Pentecostal Churches to do more to tackle the ‘hidden’ scourge of women blighted by human trafficking and modern slavery.

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War Against Babies with Down’s Syndrome

The war against babies with Down’s syndrome by abortion has increased as a newer and more accurate prenatal test for Down’s syndrome was developed in Britain. Pro-life campaigners fear this is eugenics by the back door. They have warned that because most people terminate pregnancies where Down’s syndrome is identified, this accurate form of testing will result in the disappearance of people with this condition. It is important to remember that a baby is a baby first and foremost and that the syndrome is very much secondary. This little baby is a real baby. It is precious. It is beautiful as all new babies are and has the exact same needs. Some parents cope better than others in caring for any new baby. In this case it is a question whether the baby has a disability or not. A baby with Down syndrome is not the fault of the mother or father. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! I Was Once a Fetus: That is Why Abortion is Wrong

Alexander R. Pruss
I am going to give an argument showing that abortion is wrong in exactly the same circumstances in which it is wrong to kill an adult. To argue further that abortion is always wrong would require showing that it is always wrong to kill an adult or that the circumstances in which it is not wrong - say, capital punishment - never befall a fetus. Such an argument will be beyond the scope of this paper, but since it is uncontroversial that it is wrong to kill an adult human being for the sorts of reasons for which most abortions are performed, it follows that most abortions are wrong.

New! Right-to-Life Issues in Contemporary Bioethics Fiction

Jeff J. Koloze
This study reviews literary works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries which concern bioethical aspects involving the foundations of the right-to-life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. After considering definitions of "bioethics" from various sources, the paper derives three general principles from the literary works and examines how each of these principles is depicted. Finally, the research highlights fictional works which include ethical standards developed by religious sources, filling the ethical void created by most bioethics fiction.

New! An Interview with an Assisted Suicide Doctor

Nancy Valko
It's not often that we get a glimpse into the assisted suicide movement from the perspective of a medical professional who actually participates in terminating the lives of the terminally ill. Most seem to prefer anonymity.

New! Forget Not the Body: Reflections on Artificial Wombs

Anthony McCarthy
Thinking about artificial wombs helps clarify the moral significance of the bodily and the biological - in particular, the significance of pregnancy and maternity.

New! A Dutch euthanasia pioneer surveys the wreckage and despairs

Michael Cook
Safeguards for the mentally ill and the demented are slipping away.

The top marriage myths debunked

Blaise Joseph
Bradford Wilcox, a US academic at the University of Virginia with expertise in marriage and family issues, has an article at The Atlantic entitled Unequal, Unfair, and Unhappy: The 3 Biggest Myths About Marriage Today. He argues that, contrary to popular opinion, most married couples with children are satisfied with their relationships.

Should we allow prenatal testing for autism?

Xavier Symons
In a controversial move last week the West Australian Reproductive Technology Council authorised an IVF clinic to screen out potentially autistic embryos.

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Tom Bartolomeo
John, the last Apostle of Jesus Christ, survived long enough in this world to live until the second century after the birth of Christ recorded the future of mankind in the Book of the Apocalypse, the last book of the Bible. It may seem fanciful, speaking of Christ as the light, but where else do we have "all that is good" but in God, the source of our life and light, of Truth and Justice. Light was the first act of creation and the first measure of the Son of God as Man in John's gospel - the first and the last light which shines in the world which the darkness will not overcome - waiting for the future in the Book of Revelation where the Lamb of God illumines heaven "who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Surrogate Parenting is Wrong

Judie Brown
Women selling their bodies as vessels has become an increasingly common commodity in today's society. But the moral implications are far - reaching, and the emotional tolls are becoming visible. When science trumps God's plan, and aims to override His will, calamity is sure to result.

Penelope Fitzgerald: the valiant life of a mother and novelist

Francis Phillips
Domestic hardship meant the British writer was 60 before she could launch her career.

Promises to Keep
2nd Sunday of Lent (C)

Antonio P. Pueyo
The cross and the resurrection are intertwined. With suffering comes glory.

The Human Machine?

Judie Brown
Man is created in the image and likeness of God. All life, at every stage, has value and should be cherished because he is a child of God. Yet, more and more frequently, we see children tossed aside, children abused, children unwanted, and children created in labs. We see traditional families broken apart and even scoffed at. We see chaos reigning and a love of human life dwindling. What is it that man has become?

"New Age" Human Embryology Text Book:
"Pre-embryo", "Pregnancy" and Abortion Counseling; Implications for Human Embryo and Fetal Research

Dianne N. Irving
It would appear to this writer that these various key definitions are being "ratcheted" in order to scientifically justify abortion, human embryo and fetal research. This is the ultimate in the on-going politicization of science. And unless the errors and inconsistencies are corrected immediately, we are not only entering a protracted period of "false concepts concerning our own development" we are entering a protracted period of abysmal abuse of human beings in medical research - pre-born and adult. The stage has already been set.

Pankalia: The Catholic Vision of Beauty

Peter Chojnowski
How different is our contemporary pathetic conception of the beautiful from the unfathomable richness of the above statement of St. Thomas Aquinas, "There is nothing that does not participate in the beautiful."

Conferences of Bishops: Mandate to Teach?

Anthony Zimmerman
Bishops in conference do well to confront their nation with the contents of already formulated Catholic social doctrine, to emphasize the primacy of ethics over politics. But are Episcopal Conferences a likely body to have the gifts needed to develop new social doctrine in response to the needs of the day?