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Jerry Novotny OMI
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January 19, 2020

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J.K. Rowling ‘Controversy’ Shows Women Have Most To Lose With Gender Identity Ideology
Just a few years ago, advocates of so-called “gender identity” insisted that all they wanted was space to “live and let live” — to “be themselves.” Unfortunately, that was not true — they wanted much, much more. In the case of British academic Maya Forstater, we recently got a glimpse of the ominous end game of gender identity ideology: Nothing less than the total and complete social alienation of anyone who asserts the biological reality that men cannot be women and women cannot be men.

Contrary To Media Reports, New Abortion Pill Study Finds It Endangers Women And Reversal Works
The authors of a new study continue promulgating misleading information about the real risks of the abortion pill regimen, instead of emphasizing the safety of using progesterone to try to reverse Mifeprex's effects.

More States Move To Stop Boys From Competing As Girls In Sports
Since this issue doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon and the federal government doesn’t seem inclined to deal with it, a number of states are attempting to take matters into their own hands this year. The subject at hand is transgender students who “identify” as females competing in girls’ high school sports.

Twins Born Minutes Apart On Different Days, In Different Decades
Indiana twins Joslyn and Jaxon arrived a bit ahead of schedule last week and already have a lot of fans. They weren’t due to be born until February 19, but the duo made a surprise appearance when one was born on New Year’s Eve and the other on New Year’s Day.

Planned Parenthood Lost 400,000 Individual Donors Last Year
Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report has revealed that the largest provider of abortions in the nation is bleeding donors. According to American Life League (ALL), Planned Parenthood lost almost 400,000 individual donors during the fiscal year ending last June.

Latest Planned Parenthood Annual Report Reveals Record-breaking Abortions And Taxpayer Dollars
Planned Parenthood just released its 2018-2019 annual report and it reveals that the organization has now committed its highest number of abortions on record while also receiving more taxpayer funding than any other year on record.

Powerful Reflections On The Dignity Of The Human Person From A Disabled Woman Of Singular Talent
"I can't walk; I can't sit up straight; I can't feed myself. If you and I meet, the first thing you notice will be my body crumpled in a wheelchair. Once I could at least sit up, but now my weak neck is bent over and my spine bent so much that my head falls heavily upon my left shoulder and my hunched back."

Standing For Truth Against The Spirit Of The Age
“The process of IVF damages embryonic stem cells and thus life and is therefore completely, clearly and totally incompatible with our Catholic faith,” read the post. “For all believers in God, all life is sacred at all times.”

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Editorial

On New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis calls listening an act of love

Pope Francis said on New Year’s Eve, “It is an act of love to spend time with others, to listen to them and their needs, and to try to see them as Christ sees them.” “We are called to meet others and listen to their life, their cry for help." "LISTENING IS ALREADY AN ACT OF LOVE!” he said. In his homily in St. Peter’s Basilica, our Holy Father said “having time for others, dialoguing, recognizing with a contemplative gaze the presence and action of God in their lives, witnessing the new life of the Gospel with DEEDS RATHER THAN WORDS, is truly a service of love which changes reality.” Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Courage, Love, and Sacrifice in the Fight for Marriage Reality

Robert P. George
Every time we fail to muster the courage to do what's right, what God is calling us to do, there is behind that failure a still deeper failure: a failure of love.

Andrea Long Chu Says You Are a Female, and He's Only Partly Wrong

Angela Franks
Transgender performance of femaleness can only be a parody, because no amount of "bottom surgery" will make a male into the kind of human being who has the natural power to bear a child. The woman has the spontaneous, natural power to make space for the other, which embodies the spiritual reality to which all human beings are called.

Saving Human Rights from the Human Rights Movement

Andrew R. Deloach
Without a proper understanding of human beings that is grounded in natural law, human rights will always fall short of the lofty goals set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights is to help the U.S. protect human rights, it needs first to try to understand their nature.

Fitting the Punishment to the Crime: The Justice of Contemporary Criminal Sentencing Laws

Joseph Bessette
Were the criminal sentencing reforms that began in the 1970s too harsh? Rachel Barkow's new book says they were. But most Americans would likely call these changes progress: our worst offenders now get something closer to what they should get than in the days when the experts were more in charge of punishment. Perhaps the real question is whether we should ground our criminal law more on justice as retribution.

No Religion Needed: The Moral Horror of Assisted Suicide

R. J. Snell
The very reason why someone would object to a purely religious claim deceptively being presented as a non-religious claim is the very same reason why assisted suicide is wrong. It is wrong, always and everywhere, to treat persons as mere tools. No matter how we feel about it.

'Three-parent' IVF: cure or myth?

Caroline Simons
The British House of Lords is expected to approve regulations today to permit IVF techniques which may prevent the transmission of some mitochondrial diseases from mother to child. Every cell in children produced by these techniques will have DNA from three individuals - hence the "three-parent" description. These genetic changes will be inherited by future generations.

Going commercial with three-parent babies

Xavier Symons
The same doctor who delivered the first "three parent baby" is now attempting to commercialise mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). Dr John Zhang of New Hope Fertility Clinic in New York is now offering MRT for older women suffering from infertility.

A Weimar moment for America

Robert R. Reilly
Judge Walker's decision was not only irrational; it was a denial of reality. Socrates said that the worst thing a person could do was to lie in his soul about what is. This is such a lie. It denies what is between a man and a woman in marriage. As bad as this is for the poor souls who have organized their lives around a moral disorder, it is even worse for the political order that publically adopts it for its own - since it is marriage properly understood that is essential for civilization's survival. Publicly enforced lies about what is are evil. That is why this is a Weimar moment.

Dubai: a city over-run by males?

Shannon Roberts
Dubai's gender imbalance is 'unnatural' according to a report released last week by the Dubai Statistics Centre. The statistics show that 75.77% of Dubai's population of approximately 2.2 million are men, and just 24.23% are women - second only to Qatar who has a higher gender imbalance still.

Bruce Jenner, Transgenderism and the Church
Thinking Through the Next Tough Issue

John Stonestreet
Bruce Jenner, Transgenderism and the Church

Peak US fertility association green-lights IVF for over-50s

Michael Cook
What about the children? A woman who conceives at 50 could die when her child is a teenager. This, the ethics committee acknowledges, is "one of the most stressful life events for children or adolescents". The statement leaves the question unanswered. It simply says that this is a problem which parents will have to deal with.

Sanctifying GRACE, What it is, What it does

Anthony Zimmerman
"Grace elevates us to a new dimension in the cosmic pecking order of what is honorable, what is splendid, what is most near to God's surpassing glory. Grace is the wedding garment that we will wear in heaven.

"Privacy is for paedos"

Michael Cook
At the heart of this gigantic report are unanswered questions about the nature of privacy.

Fear No Evil

Douglas P. McManaman
Synopsis: The principal and inevitable mistake of those who are committed to evil is their failure to realize the priority of divine providence. God's knowledge is eternal and entirely unlimited. It follows that their evil is known eternally. And since God is unlimited power as well as unlimited goodness, He will not allow their evil to prevail. Hence, those committed to evil have lost already.

'Genetic sexual attraction' could become issue for kids of sperm donors

Michael Cook
The British press is a fathomless mine of lurid but thought-provoking, strange-but-true explorations of the dark side of the human condition. Last week's revelation was published in a magazine called The New Day -- a passionate incestuous romance between a 51-year-old British woman and her 32-year-old American son.