Jerry Novotny OMI
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July 23, 2014

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Their Child Was Taken, Sold For Sex, Then Killed. Now They Want Lawmakers To Help Stop The Madness.
Mrs. Smith’s account, given by video conference from Regina, SK on July 8, can only be described as every parent’s worst nightmare.

Powerless In Bethlehem
The family is glued to the TV showing horrifying images of the shellings in Gaza. A guest clicks with her tongue, expressing anger. We all look with an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. In the Shujaya quarter in Gaza city dozens are hit or crushed. We watch the head of a boy torn apart from the rest of the body. I am distressed by the BBC, which clinically speaks about Israel’s “intensified operation” in Gaza, and which wants to “cover both sides of the conflict,” as if there is symmetry.

A Web Of Factors: Runaways And Homeless Youth In America
A year ago I didn’t know what human trafficking was. Today I know that human trafficking is the sale of one person by another for labor or sex. Surprisingly, it is rampant in our nation.

'Tokyo Should No Longer Be Inhabited,' Japanese Doctor Warns Residents Regarding Radiation
In an essay addressed to his colleagues, Japanese doctor Shigeru Mita has explained why he recently moved away from Tokyo to restart his practice in western Japan: He believes that Tokyo is no longer safe to inhabit due to radioactive contamination caused by the March 11, 2011, meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

CDC Study Finds There Are Far Fewer Homosexuals In US Than Many Think
A study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released Tuesday found that there are far fewer who people who identify as homosexual and bisexual in America than many think. The study also found that self-identified homosexuals lead less healthy lives.

AIDS Conference Honours Delegates Killed In Air Tragedy
Amid the sadness, there was also a strong sense of hope and purpose as various speakers accentuated the main theme of the world’s biggest AIDS conference, “Stepping up the pace”.

Africa: Girls Deserve Better Than Child Marriage
In my country, Gambia, an estimated 36% of girls are married before they are 18. In rural areas of the country, the rate is thought to be much higher. Globally, some 14.2 million girls a year are thought to be married as children.

Supporting Children Of Migrant Parents In South-East Asia
As South-East Asians increasingly migrate overseas in search of work, there is concern over the growing number of family members, particularly children, left behind in the home countries. The prevalence of female migration, though not unique to South-East Asia, has led to some reports on a potential “crisis of care”.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! All wired up: the contraceptive chip

Karl D. Stephan
The Gates Foundation has funded an implantable device which can be controlled remotely.

New! Hobby Lobby Gobbledygook -- On Both Sides

Dianne N. Irving
In considering the Hobby Lobby case, the "religious beliefs" of the plaintiffs just happen to match the long-documented and long-acknowledged objective scientific facts of human embryology. But it would seem that there's enough gobbledygook to go around. It doesn't emanate from just the "pro-choice" side in these debates.

New! Select Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Assisted Suicide Fiction: Themes and Absences in the Works

Jeff J. Koloze
This paper arose from several fears, all of which reside in the author: the fear of facing the reality that the contemporary issue called assisted suicide counters the proposition that the author is not living in the most perfect of all perfect worlds; the fear of reading literature whose narrative structures ineluctably end with a disturbingly sad denouement; the fear of what reading such disturbing literature would have on his psyche; the fear of confronting those whose arguments for assisted suicide seem unassailable; and the fear that the alternatives to assisted suicide are grand, yet pale philosophical tenets that cannot match the grander and stronger needles filled with toxic agents to end what some misguided person may think is a dreary life.

The debate that wasn't: New Zealand's rushed marriage revolution

Carolyn Moynihan
Last night (April 17) 77 people changed the institution of marriage in New Zealand from a conjugal union with the potential for generating children and providing them with the nurture of their own mother and father into "a union of 2 people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity" with the potential for systematically depriving children of their mother or father, or both. All in the name of "love". Starting in August.

Contraception is the No.1 Enemy of Marriages

Anthony Zimmerman
The Lord has a superb plan for marriage. He made it durable, to fit all cultures from Adam and Eve until the angels blow their trumpets. Let the word go forth: "NO CONTRACEPTION, PLEASE!"

Catholic nurse recounts hospice horror, says doctor euthanized priest

Matt C. Abbott
In recent days, Panzer received the following (edited) e-mail from registered nurse and Illinoisan Wendy Ludwig, who recounts the horror of witnessing the euthanizing of an elderly Catholic priest.

The Promotion of Organ Donation and Transplantation

Scaria Kanniyakonil
Many religious and secular approaches justify organ donation and transplantation because it promotes life. Catholic Church also favours it, especially in the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which states that it is an act of the virtue of charity. This article presents the promotion of organ donation and transplantation. The first section of this article discusses the present state of organ donation and transplantation, and the second section deals with ethical issues related to organ donation and transplantation, and the final section is on the promotion of organ donation and transplantation.

Not a noble death

Michael Cook
The euthanasia of Nobel laureate Christian de Duve in Belgium is a worrying precedent for the world's baby boomers.