Jerry Novotny OMI
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November 21, 2017

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U.N. Urges Japan To Resettle More Refugees
The U.N. refugee agency has urged Japan to resettle more asylum seekers, its chief said on Monday, pressuring the country to help solve a global crisis after giving refugee status to just three people in the first half of the year.

The Poor: Our 'passports To Paradise'
Pope Francis has celebrated the first-ever World Day of the Poor with with Mass in St Peter’s Square followed by a lunch for 1,500 invited guests – from among the poor, homeless and unemployed.

Breastmilk: The Gift That Keeps On Giving… Babies Who Were Exclusively Breastfed Have Less Than Half The Risk Of Eczema As Teenagers Than Those That Were Not
Adding to the wealth of evidence that prove the benefits of beast milk, a new study finds that breastfeeding could lower the risk of eczema in children by half, as reported by the Science Daily.

Bishops Of Japan And Korea: 'Peace Is Not Based On Weapons'
The Bishops of Korea and Japan have issued a joint appeal for peace in the region, at the conclusion of their joint meeting, held in Kagoshima from 14 to 16 November.

Muslims Are Converting To Christianity In Record Numbers
How are so many conversions taking place in oppressive countries where proselytizing can bring a death sentence?

Pope Francis' Message For First World Day Of The Poor
Let us love, not with words but with deeds

Pope Francis Addresses Pontifical Academy For Life: “Euthanasia Is Always Wrong”
The following is the Message the Holy Father has sent to the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, and to all participants in the European Regional Meeting of the World Medical Association on “end of life” issues (Vatican, 16-17 November 2017)

Adult Stem Cells And Gene Therapy Save A Young Boy With Horrible Skin Condition
When people talk about something that “saved their skin,” they usually mean that it helped them out of a difficult situation. But a young boy in Germany has literally had his skin—and his life—saved through the use of genetically-engineered adult stem cells.

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Why the war on unborn children

Why is pregnancy a war between a mother and her child? A little research shows that the number of casualties of all the wars in the history of the world is estimated at somewhat less than 500 million. This is less than one-third the amount of unborn lives sacrificed in the last 36 years. This war on unborn babies is the “longest war” in the history of our planet. Since 1980 more than one and one half billion babies have been legally slaughtered. The United States alone stands at 60 million. Who PROFITS from killing babies? The Child? The Mother? The Family? Society? It is Planned Parenthood and big abortion industries.Who SUFFERS from killing babies? It is the same child, mother, family and society. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Porn Is the Missing Piece in the Louis C.K. Story

Mary Rose Somarriba
Pornography rewires its viewers' brains, distorting the way they interpret the behavior of those around them and making them believe that unacceptable behavior will be welcomed.

New! Doubting Thomas (Aquinas) on Private and Public Killing

Christopher O. Tollefsen
There is a genuine tension, not just in Aquinas but in Church teaching more generally, between claims about the intrinsic goodness, sanctity, and inviolability of human life, and claims about political authority to kill. The second in a two-part series.

New! A Philosophical Case Against Capital Punishment

Christopher O. Tollefsen
Arguments against the death penalty can be made not only on the basis of theology but also on the basis of natural law philosophy. The first in a two-part series.

New! The Embryo Before the Physician

Pilar Calva
The first event in the formation of a human being is the fusion of the ovum and the spermatozoid (each a "gamete"); this is known as conception. Upon conception, a developmental process of life begins that will not cease until death.

New! Gene Editing and the Welfare of Embryos

E. Christian Brugger
In this article, I draw attention to the scientific community's terrible disregard for the welfare of human embryos as it seeks to apply and perfect the new technique.

Crowdfunding Site Helps Kenyan Home For Sexually Exploited Boys

Arthur Goldberg
FundingMorality.com's latest featured project helps teens snared in child sex tourism move onto healthier lives.

"Yes" to euthanasia brings a seismic shift in values

Margaret Somerville
Why, after millenniums of prohibiting the intentional killing of another human being, in particular by physicians, did Quebec politicians think euthanasia is a progressive idea that must be implemented without delay? Bill 52, originally introduced by the Parti Qubcois government, was rapidly reintroduced by the Liberals and passed Thursday.

Plato's "Royal Lies":
State Authorized Eugenics, Communism, Utilitarianism, Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide, "Mother Earth" Myth, Day Care Nurseries, Women in the Military, and Population Control

Dianne N. Irving
Far too often scholars uncritically turn to the venerable ancient pagan philosopher Plato for "guidance" and "wisdom" simply because Plato recognized immateriality and god . Usually, frankly, it is someone who has never had a decent course in philosophy -- not to mention the history of philosophy (starting with the Pre-Socratics). Usually they don't realize how strictly philosophical presuppositions (and the errors inherent in them) have paralleled and been integrated into the histories of both theology and politics, even determining the definitions of their own fields terms. One thing is certain: these inherent philosophical errors will prove to be just as destructive within a theological or a political framework as within a purely philosophical one -- if not more so. The purpose of this article is to investigate and document just a few of the problematic conclusions to which Plato s philosophical errors must necessarily lead in the area of "philosophical anthropology", politics", and public policies.

The True Road to Justice

Charles J. Chaput
But as Jesus showed again and again by His words and in His actions, the only true road to justice passes through mercy. Justice cannot be served by more violence. "Frying the killer" may sound funny to some, righteous to others. But make no mistake: Capital punishment is just another drug we take to ease other, much deeper anxieties about the direction of our culture. Executions may take away some of the symptoms for a time (symptoms who have names and their own stories before God), but the underlying illness -- today's contempt for human life -- remains and grows worse.

Man and Woman, Marriage and the Family (Part I)

Ron Panzer
Man and woman as husband and wife are not only to help and encourage each other (Genesis 2:18), they help and encourage their child, ... for many of life's experiences can be difficult. The family is the place where comfort, love and faith are expressed to encourage each other to recover from disappointments, to get up and begin anew. A father or mother's hug, kiss, and smile help the child know they are loved, though he may have fallen down or failed to accomplish what he was trying to do. The family is where home is, where the child as well as the mother and father feel safe, loved and supported in their life. Husband and wife each seek in their own way to nurture the flame of love given to them by God, humbly serving each other, and striving to bring happiness to each other within the home (Philippians 2:1-12).

Music Strengthens the Human Heart
6th Sunday of Easter (B)

Jeremiah R. Grosse
Music is powerful. Music does not forget. Emotions are never dead, only dormant. Singing a joyful song to the Lord has the power to summon each of us to our history, to the Apostles and martyrs who helped to lay the foundation for the Church, and to all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.

A good solution or a quick fix?

Anne Morse
Should women suffering from anorexia take pills to suppress hunger? Should women suffering from fertility take pills to suppress babies?

Underage sexting is common but risks child porn law charges

Denyse O’Leary
Young people should learn early on that it is best not to send any electronic communication that would embarrass them if it got rebroadcast. Most e-mails won't; for example, if the Car Wash for United Way planning documents go to some people they weren't intended for by mistake, they will simply sound boring or puzzling, and be ignored or delete

Academic Fraud and Conceptual Transfer in Bioethics:
Abortion, Human Embryo Research and Psychiatric Research

Dianne N. Irving
" ...there has emerged a phenomenon unknown to antiquity that permeates our modern society so completely that its ubiquity scarcely leaves us any room to see it at all: the prohibition of questioning... We are confronted here with persons who know that, and why, their opinions cannot stand up under critical analysis and who therefore make the prohibition of the examination of their premise part of their dogma... The questions of the "individual man" are cut off by the ukase of the speculator who will not permit his construct to be disturbed." (Eric Voegelin; Science, Politics and Gnosticism)

Leadership in the Church

Douglas P. McManaman
Synopsis: If good leadership, in very general terms, is about taking a "back seat" and allowing an order that is larger than the individual leader to emerge on its own, it is counterintuitive that Church government is monarchial in nature. How do we resolve the paradox that the Church, the best institution, adopts the worst form of government?