Jerry Novotny OMI
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April 24, 2018

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Alfie Evans Can’t Go To Rome For Treatment, Judge Rules: BREAKING
UK toddler Alfie Evans may not fly to a hospital in Rome for treatment, a UK judge ruled this afternoon.

New Research: 35 States Are Sabotaging The NPT
Research shows that the five nuclear-armed states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are not taking action to fulfill their nuclear disarmament obligations.

Mothers Launch High Court Challenge Against Ealing Buffer Zone
I am launching my legal challenge at the high court to ensure that all women at Ealing and across the country do not have a vital support option removed. In doing this I represent the thousands of women who have been helped by these vigils.

Ministering To The “Extended Wounded” Who Have Been Hurt By Abortion
The fingers of abortion reach into many lives and cross all generational lines. It affects everyone whether they know it or not. We often forget the extended wounded in the need to help the grieving post-abortive individual. Wounded family and friends don’t even know where to go to get help. Some don’t understand why they hurt so bad when the aborted baby’s parents don’t seem to be in pain.

Number Of Births Outside Marriage Rise In EU
The number of births outside marriage has risen in all European Union member states since 2000, the EU’s statistics agency revealed on Monday.

Portugal's Parliament Approves New Legal Gender Change Law
Portugal's parliament has approved a new law making it easier for people to change their legal gender.

Romania’s Ruling Party Expects To Rally 1 Million People Against Gay Marriage
In the same month, Romania should hold a referendum aiming to redefine the family in the Constitution. At present, the Constitution states the family is formed through the “consenting marriage between spouses”. In the amended version, the article would state that the marriage is between a male and a female.

Wuerl: On ‘Humanae Vitae’ Anniversary, We Renew Fidelity To The Pope
“The Church, from the very beginning, has always recognized the special and unique role of Peter,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the closing Mass of a Catholic University of America symposium on the 50th anniversary of papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.

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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! Surrogacy: No Laughing Matter

Jennifer Lahl
Surrogacy is no April Fools' joke. It's no laughing matter at all. It's a big business that exploits, uses, abuses, preys on, and commodifies women. It turns children into products to be designed, selected, and purchased, while it profits handsomely. And it is willing to fight like mad to protect its moneyed interests.

New! Do not be afraid: the truth about Down syndrome

Mary Cooney
Most people who want to abort babies with trisomy 21 are terribly misled. Children with Down are truly a gift to their families and to the world at large. Let's continue to love and protect them before and after birth.

New! How Not To Do Bioethical Reasoning

E. Christian Brugger
The authors are frustrated because CPCs won't accept abortion clinics as valid alternatives for dealing with problem pregnancies. But CPCs came into existence on the premise that abortion clinics do horrible things and are devoid of moral legitimacy.

New! Saving elephants and squirrels, but not humans

Ann Farmer
British passion to conserve species runs out at the abortion clinic door.

New! Can Sex Be Casual? Searching for Connection on Campus

Brittany Basile
A new book on the hookup culture describes its harms in great detail. But the author fai ls to understand the implications of her own data, ignoring the fact that we're in the middle of a cultural sexual crisis that exists because we've told ourselves that sex can be casual

Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia

Michael Cook
Beginning today, the Dutch right-to-die association NVVE is celebrating Euthanasia Week with a selection of documentary films and youth outreach.

Religious Liberty Bestowed by God or Government?

John Stonestreet
The problem isn't just that we're losing religious freedom. It's that people no longer understand what it is.

Are animals persons?

Margaret Somerville
My reasons for rejecting personhood for animals include that it would undermine the idea that humans are "special" relative to other animals and, therefore, deserve "special respect." ...Whether humans are "special" -- sometimes referred to as human exceptionalism or uniqueness -- is a controversial and central question in bioethics, and how we answer it will have a major impact on what we view as ethical or unethical with regard to our treatment of humans and of animals.

Indonesia's deadly landslide

Sheila Liaugmina
How much of the world is aware this happened? With so much else going on everywhere, in the US and globally, and so many news stories to get to and post here, all piling up, I came across this. And want to point it out.

A setback for embryonic stem cell research

Michael Cook
A milestone case in the European Court of Justice may signal a new direction in campaigns against human embryo research.

Lessons from the events of Epiphany[1]

Tom Bartolomeo
The truth be told, none of us knows the consequences of his beliefs and decisions. Mary and Joseph were not aware of the trials they would face together in the days and years ahead, having and caring for a son who in their case was the Son of God. They did not consider the adverse consequences as God bid them to have and raise a child as God bids all married spouses.

It's all about Christ!
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

Douglas P. McManaman
The faith of the Church is expressed in Peter's words: "To whom shall we go?" If Christ is God, then there is no one to whom we can go who has anything but a human word and a passing life to impart. Outside of Christ, there is nothing, nowhere to go. Wherever you have the Church, you have that faith; for that is the faith of the Church.

The Blood of Christ Helps Us Grow into His Likeness
Corpus Christi Sunday (Year B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
The Precious Blood of Jesus is our ransom from death. The Son of Man came to give His life as a ransom for the many. It is actually a compensation made on our behalf to the outraged justice of God. We are not to think of our Lord's death as if it were merely an inevitable result of His conflict with the leaders of the Jewish people; as if it were a regrettable accident of history.

Divine Mercy

Antonio P. Pueyo
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Mt. 5:7). Mercy is not just a sentiment called pity. Mercy is active love. Being merciful is recognizing the needs of the other as a person and acting accordingly. I could be the person in a similar situation. I could be the one in need of comfort, healing, forgiveness, support, or a listening heart. We have to cultivate a certain sensitivity to situations where we can manifest God's mercy. The temptation is to isolate ourselves psychologically so that we would not be bothered by others.

Supreme Court marriage ruling is 'a constitutionally illegitimate fiat'

Sheila Liaugmina
The court didn't interpret a law. It invented a right.