Jerry Novotny OMI
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November 30, 2015
Notice: Fr. Novotny is off to Taiwan to attend the 20th HLI Asia-Pacific Congress on Faith, Life and Family. He'll be back on December 2nd.

Breaking News

Canada: Liberal Party Health Minister Jane Philpott Pushes For More Abortion Clinics
For those concerned about the health and safety of all Canadians, no matter their location, it was with nervous excitement that we received the news of Dr. Jane Philpott’s appointment as Minister of Health.

“The Good Wife” Tackles Planned Parenthood: Shows Abortionist Selling Baby Parts For $100
While the media erupts about the bold way ABC’s latest episode of “Scandal” promoted abortion, another popular TV show tackled the issue of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies’ body parts on Sunday.

Planned Parenthood Praises ABC For Having Character Abort Her Baby As “Silent Night” Plays
Planned Parenthood sang the praises of the ABC show “Scandal” on Friday after the TV show glorified a main character’s abortion to the tune of “Silent Night” and the defeat of a bill to de-fund the abortion giant. “We just hope those in Congress — and throughout the nation — who are steadfast on rolling the clock back on reproductive health care access are taking note” of the show, Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

Slouching Towards A Genderless Society
It would seem that in today’s modern US society there are pundits who wish to make gender something that is fluid. Something that can change on a whim, if one wills it.

UN Committee On The Rights Of The Child Tells Pro-Life Poland To Legalize Abortions
A new United Nations document is demanding that conservative Poland makes abortion easily available to young girls.

Living With "Living Wills"
In the early 1970s when I was a young ICU nurse, none of us medical professionals had even heard of a “living will”. There was a universal presumption for life and “quality of life” was something to be improved, not judged.

Pornography Is Our Greatest Ongoing Spiritual Threat
The bishops of the United States gathered together last week for their annual meeting in Baltimore. One of the issues that they chose to address this year concerns what is perhaps the greatest ongoing threat to the spiritual and physical health of the Catholics in United States. It breaks up marriages, kills the state of grace, and in many cases destroys the possibility of vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life. It is a plague and its name is: pornography.

Philadelphia Planned Parenthood Clinics Caught Storing Aborted Babies In Bags In Janitor’s Closet
Pennsylvania officials recently discovered unsafe and unsanitary conditions in two Philadelphia abortion clinics during special monitoring inspections. The discoveries also include finding the remains of aborted babies stuffed in a closet at the time when the abortion company is under fire for selling aborted babies and their body parts.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Abortion, The Mother's Life, And The Principle of Double Effect

Pilar Calva
Some may view risking malformation as cruel, but they forget one thing. Life, even when imperfect (as if a perfect life were possible) is a gift, and the ultimate good.

New! More Than We Wish to Know: Chen Guangcheng and the Truth about Chinese Human Rights Abuses

Arthur Waldron
We hear endlessly of "change" and "reform" in China, and the United States has premised its policies on these promises. The memoirs of Chen Guangcheng paint a very different portrait.

New! Abortifacients, Emergency Contraception, and Terminating Pregnancy

Mathew Lu
If there is any plausible reason to believe that emergency contraceptives cause - even occasionally - the death of embryo, then they are morally equivalent to abortifacients.

Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism: Part I

Peter Chojnowski
Beginning with Amintore Fanfani's seminal Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism, Chojnowski examines the nature of Capitalist ideology, and shows how it is at odds with traditional Church teachings.

Disparate bedfellows: same-sex marriage and human rights

Barend Vlaardingerbroek
The claim that same-sex marriage is a basic human right finds no support in international human rights declarations.

"Conservative" Senator Frist, the U.S. Senate's Own Big "Pre-Embryo Substitute"

Dianne N. Irving
For Frist to claim in the same breath that he "believes" that human beings begin at conception, yet add immediately that in all conscience he supports killing them for their stem cells, seems to indicate such a "pre-embryo substitute" mentality. Frist combines this with the ridiculous on-going effort on the part of many "conservatives" that it is just a matter of "belief" that the early human embryo is even a human being! He further wiggles out of reality's tight grasp -- and out of a tight political spot -- by piously deferring to one's "conscience". Whatever happened to a "well-formed conscience" anyway, one that is morally required to start with the known objective scientific facts, rather than be just an expression of one's desires, wishes, whims, or out-of-control imaginations. Then amazingly Frist justifies his bold betrayal by claiming that there is "more" to the issue than just "faith" -- i.e., there is science! Which "science"? The science of human embryology known for over a hundred years, or the political "science" that hypes-up what is nothing more than heartless and non-empirical but very lucrative propaganda about "miracle cures" for real people using human embryonic stem cells acquired by killing mere human beings? Frist chooses the latter.

Channels of Wellness
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Antonio P. Pueyo
There is the amusing story of a man who was suffering from a disease of the legs so that he could not walk. Some relatives insisted on his being treated by a doctor. Other relatives wanted the local “herbolario” or medicine man. To keep the peace, the man decided that the doctor treat one leg and the indigenous healer treat the other leg. What leg got healed first is your end of the story.

The ethics of transgender fertility

Michael Cook
This month's issue of LGBT Health contains a fascinating interview with two Boston fertility specialists who cater for gays and lesbians who want to become parents.