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January 23, 2021

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US Archbishop Says No Catholic 'in Good Conscience' Can Favor Abortion
When they vote, Catholics must weigh many issues of very grave moral consequence "in good conscience," but "no Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said Jan. 21. "'Right to choose' is a smokescreen for perpetuating an entire industry that profits from one of the most heinous evils imaginable," he said in a statement. "Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop."

Former Abortion Facility Owner: Some Abortionists Made $6000 An Hour, Rushed Women Through Like Cattle
The documentary “Life After Abortion,” directed by Brian Barkley and produced by New Liberty Videos, features an interview with pro-life activist Carol Everett, who was once an owner of five abortion facilities in the 1980s. Everett’s facilities were focused on making a profit, and she was personally dedicated to making as much money from abortion as she could.

12 Myths About Assisted Suicide And Medical Aid In Dying
In an age of “alternative facts”, it’s hard to sort out myth from reality when it comes to so-called ‘medical-aid-in-dying’ (MAID)—also called physician assisted suicide (PAS). By whatever label we attach to it, this practice involves a physician’s prescribing a lethal drug for a patient with a putatively terminal illness who is requesting this “service.” Some form of MAID/PAS is now legal in 5 states and the District of Columbia.

55 Twins Or Triplets ‘selectively Reduced’ By Abortion In First Half Of 2020
Between January and June 2020, there were 55 selective foetal reduction abortions whereby, in cases of multiple pregnancies – twins or triplets, one or more was aborted to ‘reduce’ the number of babies in the womb.

Mississippi Bill Would Find Anyone Who Performs An Abortion Guilty Of Murder
A new bill introduced into the Mississippi legislature would find anyone who performs or induces an abortion guilty of murder.

NI Abortion Stats “tip Of The Iceberg”: SPUC Calls On Health Workers To Refuse To Participate In Abortion
SPUC is calling on healthcare workers in Northern Ireland to “dedicate themselves to preserving the lives of unborn children by refusing to participate in abortion.” The call comes as the Northern Ireland Department of Health released abortion figures for the 2019-2020 period.

Abortion Cannot Be A Human Right Because It Kills Human Beings
You’ve seen the photos of protestors holding signs at pro-abortion women’s marches. You’ve read the slogans about reproductive rights, ranging from straightforward to clever to angry.

Equality Must Begin In The Womb, Says NC’s First Black Lieutenant Governor
North Carolina’s newly-elected Lieutenant Governor, Mark Robinson, solidified his pro-life stance at the North Carolina Right to Life Rally and March in Raleigh last Saturday. Robinson, who is the state’s first Black lieutenant governor, spoke passionately about the issue in what was one of his first major speeches since being sworn into office on January 4.

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On the moral illicitness of the use of vaccines made from cells derived from aborted human fetuses

In recent weeks, news agencies and various information sources have reported that, in response to the Covid-19 emergency, some countries have produced vaccines using cell lines from aborted human fetuses. In the case of vaccines made from the cell lines of aborted human fetuses, we see a clear contradiction between the Catholic doctrine to categorically, and beyond the shadow of any doubt, reject abortion in all cases as a grave moral evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance (see Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2268, n. 2270), and the practice of regarding vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines as morally acceptable in exceptional cases of “urgent need” — on the grounds of remote, passive, material cooperation. To argue that such vaccines can be morally licit if there is no alternative is in itself contradictory and cannot be acceptable for Catholics. Any link to the abortion process, even the most remote and implicit, will cast a shadow over the Church’s duty to bear unwavering witness to the truth that abortion must be utterly rejected. The ends cannot justify the means. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Learning, Justice, and Gift

Elizabeth Corey
If people are more than wage-earners, then they must see that all of life is not about the practical activity of getting ahead. If they are more than political actors, then we must have education that is not expressly political. In other words, if we want to "do justice" to the total human condition, we must explore all the things that comprise the liberal arts: religion, philosophy, art, music, and literature.

New! A Concise Moral Catechesis

Douglas P. McManaman
Most people see morality is restrictive: can't do this, can't do that, etc. But it is really about becoming more fully the person God intends for us to become. When God sees us, he looks at us through rose colored glasses. Yes, he sees us in all our warts and defects, but He sees us as He intends us to be; He sees us in all the perfection and splendor that is ours as He intends us to be in the Person of Christ. The moral life is about achieving that image, becoming a unique Christ, that Christ which He can be only in you individually.

New! Is Down syndrome 'tragic' when they die - or when they live?

Ann Farmer
The husband in the UK's first Down syndrome couple has died of Covid-19. Tommy Pilling died on New Year's Day at the age of 62 after catching the coronavirus. In 1995 he made headlines when, as a man with Down syndrome, he married Maryanne, who also has DS - the first such marriage in Britain.

New! Theology of Home Shows Women the Beauty of Fruitful Living

Jennifer S. Bryson
Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering's Theology of Home project is a counteroffensive against the dominant feminism of our culture, which has greatly degraded home and homemaking. Their latest book addresses the question of what it means for women to live fruitfully.

New! The endgame of transgender ideology is to dismantle the family

Kimberly Ells
The stage is being set for the legal marginalization of mothers, fathers, and families by force of law.

Global Poverty and Violence

Eric Metaxas
Name a root cause of poverty in the developing world. Corruption? Poor education? There's something else you probably haven't thought of.

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.

The power of cuteness

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini
The story of a deserted baby exposes contradictory attitudes towards children with Down syndrome.

Classroom prostitution for fun and profit?

Judith Reisman
"Prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in sex acts for hire." A pimp is "one who arranges such sex acts for hire." A voyeur is "one who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others." All three were (and are) psychosexual pathologies.

Asia: Cannot remove hunger without functioning public institutions

Asia Human Rights
The year 2016 has proved to be a difficult year in terms of food and livelihood security for the poor and marginalized communities across Asia.

"MAID" in Laval, Canada

Nancy Valko
Legalizing physician-assisted suicide inevitably leads to further erosion of medical ethics and thus crucial protections for ourselves, our loved ones and society.

A quarter of young Americans have serious mental health issues

Shannon Roberts
New data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) last Thursday analyses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dying to Be Politically Correct

Judie Brown
It used to be that doctors and hospitals did everything in their power to uphold the Hippocratic Oath and do no harm. Patients and their well-being came first, and the sick and dying were cared for with love and respect. But things have changed. We now see patients and their families pushed to become organ donors or to sign orders that allow themselves or their loved ones to "die with dignity," thereby freeing up a hospital bed for the next patient. This scary scenario is all too prevalent in our society.

Abortion and America's Dirty Little Secret

Judie Brown
As thousands march today to commemorate the day the Supreme Court legalized the murder of preborn babies, we must take a look at the road that led here. We must look at how we could have become a nation that so callously disregards the most innocent among us. Judie Brown's insights may surprise you.

Why are gun stores essential services but not churches?

Celia Wolf-Devine
Why are gun stores essential services but not churches?