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October 20, 2021

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‘The Facebook Files’: The Many Faces Of Social Media Reveal A Harmful Side
Leaked files by a former Facebook manager show the social-media giant's complete disregard for the emotional welfare of some of its most fragile users.

We Got Here Because Of Cowardice. We Get Out With Courage
A lot of people want to convince you that you need a Ph.D. or a law degree or dozens of hours of free time to read dense texts about critical theory to understand the woke movement and its worldview. You do not. You simply need to believe your own eyes and ears.

Pay Attention To Profanation, Blasphemy, And False Gods
When I saw Rio de Janeiro’s towering and iconic Christ the Redeemer statue defiled with a “VACCINE SAVES” message—worst of all, as if the Lord Himself were delivering the message to the world—I literally gasped. The depth and breadth of the hubris that it takes to plaster this ungodly message on the true Savior’s chest left me (and millions of others) stunned, shaking, sorrowful. It’s hard to look at, and one wonders at the patience of God in staying His hand. “United by the vaccine” is the sub-message, another shocking inversion of Truth.

Supreme Court Will Fast Track Decision On Texas Abortion Ban, Pro-Life Groups Expect Another Victory
The Supreme Court has agreed to fast-track a decision on whether to block the Texas abortion ban while lawsuits from Joe Biden and abortion companies continue in lower courts.

Kamala Harris Colluded With Planned Parenthood To Put Pro-Lifers In Jail Who Exposed Baby Part Sales
An attorney for pro-life journalist David Daleiden slammed Vice President Kamala Harris for “egregious abuse” of her power when she colluded with pro-abortion groups to punish Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade.

Yes, Abortion And Transgenderism Do Have Lots In Common
Sometimes even New York Times columnists tell the truth. For instance, a recent article by Jennifer Finney Boylan was headlined “Abortion Rights and Trans Rights Are Two Sides of the Same Coin.” Yes, and the coin is currency from Hell.

Yemen: 10,000 Children Killed, Maimed Since Start Of Conflict
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights the unfortunate effect of Yemen’s almost seven-year war. At least 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since it began, with many more child victims unreported and unaccounted for.

Pope: The Dignity Of The Patient Comes Before Sickness And Profit
Pope Francis on Monday urged Catholic healthcare operators to be outgoing and extrovert in order to testify in action that there are no lives that are unworthy to be discarded, and which is not prey to the demands of profit.

Parents Celebrated Daughter With Trisomy 18 Who Lived 50 Days After Birth
Two parents are speaking about their daughter with Trisomy 18, also called Edwards syndrome, who lived for just 50 days after birth. Her short life meant heartache and pain for them, but she received nothing but love and compassion.

Why I Hope New South Wales Does Not Embrace Voluntary Assisted Dying
When faced with the terminal suffering of someone you love, almost nothing else matters. I understand the pain. The renewed debate about voluntary assisted dying in NSW is personal for me – my mother died earlier this year following a battle with a terrible disease over a number of years.

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Editorial

War Against Children: Forced Begging - "stolen lives” (Part 7)

What would you do? Let's say you are walking along the streets of a major city and you see a mother and child sitting on the sidewalk. The child looks very ill and is holding out a tin cup, desperately asking for help. How should I respond? Child begging is not only one of the worst forms of child labour, but one of the worst violations of a child's right and absolutely against the dignity of a child. The use of children for begging - whether the child appears to be accompanied by a 'parent' or not - is a denial of their fundamental rights, such as the right to protection, integrity and dignity. Immediate risks comprise physical and emotional abuse, abduction, rape, and accidents. Longer risks include ... an increased likelihood of drug use to ease this hard lifestyle, along with the exposure of being coerced into other dangerous work or bad situations (prostitution, forced labour, unsafe migration), involvement in crime plus a growing disconnection from their family and community. As Christians, how should we respond? Do we have a responsibility to do something? Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Miscarriage in the Shadow of Abortion

Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo
The most foundational evidence for the value of the human person is the child in the womb, whose life creates beauty and obligations, possessing all the hope of humanity. When life in the womb has an ambiguous civil, social, and legal status, how can the fabric of our civilization hold together? The unborn child is the most singular affirmation we possess that our existence is not pointless.

New! Grandma Death

Judie Brown
She has five children and nine grandchildren, but her real devotion is to the practice of killing babies before they are born. Who is this woman? Her name is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her game is murder.

New! The WHPA is Not a Moderate Bill

Shenan J. Boquet
The fact that every Democratic representative but one in the House voted for this repugnant piece of legislation tells you everything that you need to know about the current state of the Democratic party. The Democratic party is not simply "pro-choice,"" as they would have us believe, they are truly pro-abortion.

New! After Zoom Church: Restoring the Real in Christian Worship

Joshua Pauling
Church is not just a place to sing, listen, think, or emote. It is where God delivers Christ and his forgiveness through Word and Sacrament into the whole human person. Privatized, digital worship services subtly spurn physicality and community, unintentionally endorsing a mind-body dualism that runs counter to Christianity's holistic view of the human person.

New! Four Economic Lessons on Vaccine Development and Distribution: A Case Study of the U.S. and the European Union

Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde
The rapid spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns have resulted in immeasurable economic costs and human suffering. In mere weeks, the pandemic disrupted travel, worldwide markets, and the intricate supply chains that pervade an increasingly globalized economy. As a result, this pandemic offers us the perfect case study for a number of important economic concepts.

The terrible consequences of forced abortion of the disabled

Judie Brown
U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) candidate Geoffrey Clarke recently sparked outrage by calling for the forced abortions of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome, spina bifida, or any "similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family." UKIP suspended him, and Clarke apologized, saying that he expressed his views poorly and does not believe in compulsory abortion. Whether he does or doesn't, there are plenty of people worldwide who do believe that children with disabilities should be eliminated before birth.

Gender gaps in college linked to divorce rates

Nicole M. King
While research has told us that the prevalence of divorce in our society can account for the gender gap within higher education, a recent article in The Huffington Post sheds more light on what the exact causal relation might be. It may not just be the possibility of divorce, itself, that has such an impact on both female and male adolescents, but rather the lack of father involvement in the lives of male children.

A transit of common sense

Carolyn Moynihan
Questions about gender transitioning are at last being heard.

Horror, Exile, and Death

Judie Brown
Atrocities against human beings occur every day worldwide. Often we hear an outcry when an offense is especially egregious. But what could be more egregious than the wanton slaughtering of innocent babies or than the premature death of those who are ill? Let us examine the actions, or the inactions, of our daily lives. Souls are at stake.

Activism and the Eucharist

Douglas P. McManaman
I think one of the most significant points in this gospel is that the miracle was worked only after the Apostles realized that what Jesus was asking them to do was simply beyond their capacity. How do we feed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish?

Truth-telling is a revolutionary act. Especially about transgenderism

James Parker
Basil Zempilas, Western Australian media presenter and newly elected Lord Mayor of Perth, has expressed a personal opinion on his breakfast radio show about the transgender community.

Beijing's Nebuchadnezzar Moment

John Stonestreet
"Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents."

Sri Lanka: Understanding what governance means in a democracy

Asia Human Rights
Phrases like 'good governance' are often used in less developed countries without attaching a specific meaning to them. The experience of the present government in Sri Lanka is a clear example of this.

Legalizing Polyamory

John Stonestreet
Each summer, I teach high school and college students at Summit Ministries on the topic of marriage and the family, including what marriage is, what it's for, cultural trends about the family, etc. Ever since the Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalized so-called same-sex marriage, I've told them that polyamory will be legal in their lifetime.

Short Commentary on Matthew, No. 43

Anthony Zimmerman
The last sentence spoken by Jesus, namely that John is the greatest of those ever born of women, yet "the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" has puzzled me.