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Thousands of Women Hurt by Abortion Troubled that US Supreme Court Decision Leaves Dangerous Drug on the Market
Thousands of women hurt by abortion expressed outrage and sadness that the US Supreme Court ruled last week that dangerous abortion pills can remain on the market. The abortion pill case, filed by emergency room doctors, challenged the FDA's reckless removal of protections for women and girls with access to this dangerous kill pill.

'Inside Out 2' is a fantastic antidote to contemporary nihilism
But anything that moves large numbers of people away from the nihilist worldview and gets them to believe that abstractions such as anger, fear, and love are real things ? in some sense, more real than the atoms we are made of ? is preparing the ground for actual evangelism, whether the filmmakers realise it or not. And for my money, that's a good thing.

Southern Baptist Church Votes to Oppose IVF Because Human Embryos are Destroyed
The largest Protestant denomination in the country voted this week to oppose in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

South Carolina Abortions Drop 80% as Heartbeat Law Saves Thousands of Babies
The Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act is saving unborn babies' lives in South Carolina since it was upheld last August by the State Supreme Court. Newly released data from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control shows abortions occurring in South Carolina declined by about 80 percent once the protective Fetal Heartbeat Act became legally effective.

God Created Fatherhood and We Need More Men to Step Up to Become Good Dads
The beauty of fatherhood is that it instills in men an unmistakable sense of mission and purpose, which speak to the masculine soul in a particularly profound way. And the rewards are too many to properly catalogue here, but a few that come to mind are the indescribable thrill of seeing your newborn's face for the first time, the utter joy of witnessing the first steps of a one-year-old, the delight and satisfaction in witnessing your child surpass your own skills and abilities, the heart-melting experience of hearing your child say, "I love you."

Children are gifts, not projects
How did we get to this place where so many parents distrust the existential competence of their children to the point that they are willing to have them drugged, and thus made numb to essential elements of their being before they even have the opportunity to truly engage in the process of self-discovery and adaptation that lies at the heart of becoming a mature person?

Valuing life: abortion is just the tip of the iceberg
"Some lives aren't worth living". That's the claim behind the campaign for assisted suicide and euthanasia. They want our country to pass laws that allow doctors to help end patients' lives.

Belarus: Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers
Harassment and Prosecutions; Total State Control Over Legal Profession

Study Finds Only 0.4% of Abortions are Done Because of Rape
More than 95 percent of abortions are done simply out of convenience, while only 0.4 percent of women are getting abortions as a result of rape or incest.

Artificial Intelligence and the Human Factor
Our Editorial Director reflects on an event in 1983, when a man saved the world from a nuclear war that could have been triggered by the error of a machine.

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Editorial

Human Dignity and Shady Characters

It appears today that the truth is not important anymore. What is important is to do what is "politically correct", not what is right. Our involvement in politics should be driven by the uncompromising belief that no one is worthless and that truth is paramount. For this reason, we, as Christians, defend the Right of the unborn to live. It is also the reason why we stand against suicide and euthanasia. We do not have a right to kill people because they are near death and need our help. Our witness to the dignity of human life also requires that we speak up against unjust wars, (eg. Ukraine, Gaza), for migrants who are fleeing violence (eg. Somalia, Kenya) and other hardships (eg. North Korea, Afghanistan). These people have dignity no matter what language they speak and no matter what religion they practice. The same is true for prisoners. No matter what crimes they have committed, their lives still matter and they still deserve to be treated with respect. As Christians, we must give voice to all those people whom the world says are worthless. When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make any compromises. Period! The world needs our witness more than ever. So let us not be afraid to speak up for those who are so often forgotten and overlooked. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Making Amends for Offending Christ

Judie Brown
These are trying times for faithful Catholics. From the fraudulent Joe Biden who wears his Catholicism like a cheap suit to Catholic prelates who avoid reprimanding Biden, the offenses to the Lord are everywhere. When the president of the United States insults the body of Christ by supporting abortion while claiming to be Catholic, and does so with impunity, we cannot help but wonder what in the world our Catholic bishops are thinking.

New! Digital technology: creating anxious children

Margaret Hickey
Over the last number of decades, family life has collapsed in the West. Novel, reality-denying notions of what constitutes family, that set adult choices over children's needs, must surely contribute in no small measure to the social withdrawal and alienation of the young. Also, the impact of social media on parents' own lives and the way it can engross their attention inevitably impacts the quality of the time they give their children.

New! Mere Humanity: An Ecumenical Anthropology for Human Flourishing

Jordan J. Ballor
Human flourishing does not require escaping the cares and travails of this world, but rather, it imbues them with significance in the light of the Eternal One, in whom we live and move and have our being.

New! There is hope for boosting fertility rates - even in desperately low South Korea

William Huang
For years now, South Korea has been a poster child for extreme low fertility. Its total fertility rate (TFR) tumbled to 0.72 in 2023 and continues to fall. (To maintain its population, a country needs to have a TFR of 2.1.) Even more shocking is that not a single province managed to break the TFR level of 1. The country's "highest" fertility rate is in the rural province of Jeolla-namdo - only 0.97.

New! Teen Porn Addiction

Shenan J. Boquet
Porn is something that many people are reluctant to talk about. It makes us uncomfortable. Sometimes we don't want to talk about it because it's embarrassing. Or it's embarrassing to our children. But, with the prevalence of porn and the ease with which kids can access it, these are conversations we must have in order to protect our children.

Rolling the Dice

Proclaim Sermons
After the death of Judas, the disciples met, nominated two candidates to replace him, prayed and then cast lots. That seems like an odd way to go about the work of the Lord. But regardless of what method we use to call leadership in the church, prayer is essential, as well as faith that it is God who strengthens us and makes us equal to the task.

President Trump reconsecrated our nation back to Christ

Barbara Kralis
On the first day of June, in the year two thousand and twenty, President Donald J. Trump reconsecrated our United States of America back to God.

Parents and Teachers: Take Control of Your Children's Education

Judie Brown
We have been blind. As we work diligently to educate the public about the horrors of abortion and the threats to human dignity, the culture of death has crept into our schools, working to destroy the innocence of our children.

Truth and spectacle

Margaret Somerville
We are right to be angry about the Chinese deception during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games because it represented a breach of trust.

Should we really treat animals like humans?

Christopher O. Tollefsen
All creatures are special, but some are more special than others.

What is the Actual US Divorce Rate and Risk?

Glenn Stanton
It is important that those who care about the state of the family have a realistic view of its strengths and weaknesses. Considered carefully and understood properly, statistics about divorce can offer us one important part of that picture.

The journey of infertility: Walking with the Church to find solutions, wisdom, and peace

Judie Brown
It's personal. It's painful. And for the millions of people affected by infertility, it can also be very isolating. For those who have never experienced the sorrow and complexity of this condition, it's impossible to truly comprehend the degree of suffering it causes. I had considered myself empathetic to those who couldn't conceive, but I didn't fully understand what they were going through until it happened to my husband and me.

Has reproductive technology made men redundant?

Michael Cook
Men are becoming less and less relevant to reproduction and parenting, according to an op-ed in the New York Times.

John's Christmas Story

Proclaim Sermons
John's message that the Word became flesh matters to us because God has identified with our human weakness, made a commitment to us and stands in solidarity with the ways the world harms our bodies.

Pak Wanso's "The Dreaming Incubator":
An Application of Western Literary Theories to a Major Work of Korean Fiction

Jeff J. Koloze
Western readers find that Pak Wanso challenges them to view the world much differently. In "The Dreaming Incubator" those who should stand for women's rights and the freedom of choice act like those in China who implement population control measures by forcing mothers to abort. Moreover, Western democracies are laboring under a stifling political correctivity; one thinks of the efforts of some professional organizations which discount the existence of post-abortion syndrome even when research has documented its existence. Another significant challenge that Western readers must overcome is the familial breakdown which occurs when abortion infects the institution. The most significant challenge involves the subject of the short story. "The Dreaming Incubator" is not about political commentary or criticism of the economic system in Korea. It is not about a family struggling to cope with the disasters wreaked upon it by the Korean War. It is about abortion.