Jerry Novotny OMI
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May 23, 2022

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Cordileone Teaches Pelosi and the World: If Abortion Is Not Wrong, Then Nothing Is Wrong
We must pray that other bishops in this country are prepared to follow Archbishop Cordileone and administer that medicine. Because not to do so is the clearest sign that killing babies is not so serious after all - or as divisive, say, as the issue of slavery proved to be on the eve of the Civil War. Concerning that "irrepressible conflict," it was Lincoln who said that "if slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong." That is exactly the sort of conviction we need to apply to abortion, along with the courage to sanction those Catholics in public office who will not accept it.

Roe v. Wade Was Never A 'Law' In The First Place
The Supreme Court is not a legislative body -- while it can make judicial rulings, it cannot make law.

Archbishop Cordileone bars Nancy Pelosi from Communion until she ends abortion support
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion.

Five ways to manage your doom-scrolling habit
Doomscrolling, according to Merriam-Webster, is "the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing". For many it's a habit born of the pandemic - and one that is likely to stay.

Watching Porn Can Hurt Teens' Self-Esteem and Body Image
"[Porn can] give an unrealistic view of sex and our bodies, make us self-conscious, and question why our bodies are not developed like what we see online."

I Had an Abortion. Here's Why I Want Roe Reversed
My pro-life stance is more than an opinion; it is a faith-filled, moral, and spiritual resolve. After experiencing my own abortion and sitting eye-to-eye with hundreds of hurting post-abortive women over the years, I have no other choice but to believe abortion has to end one day. It has to end for the sake of the innocent children being killed and for the scared, coerced, or misled women who feel they have no other choice.

Child Sacrifice Is Nothing New
Though one can find examples across ancient Mesopotamia of human sacrifice, one of the clearest documented, and condemned, was that of the Canaanites who sacrificed their children to the god, Moloch.

The Left's War on Children
The next major issue will be claims of the declining mental health of our nation's youth - and it might be true to some extent. And, of course, the agenda-driven left will be ready to rush in with its latest prescriptions and school curricula, including destructive policies that will further advance its agenda and, ultimately, only make matters worse... These are purposefully inflicted wounds that will leave lifelong scars on our nation's most precious assets.

Abortion is the Real Assault on Women
Far from being a basic ?right,? abortion is deeply damaging to women; it is not the means to a level playing field that its avid supporters believe it to be. This faulty perception relies on decades of accepting a poor societal ?solution? to the ?problem? of women?s fertility.

Interreligious meeting underscores need to protect family unity
Muslim scholars, Catholic, Jewish and Hindu leaders meet at a forum in Saudi Arabia to discuss common values and express shared commitments, at which Cardinal Parolin spoke in a video message and participants issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the forum outlining common commitments and goals.

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War Against Children: Freezing Live Embryos - "human or not?" (Part 10)

It is so easy in life to lose sight of what's most important. Our days are so busy that we often overlook problems facing our children both born and unborn. Take for example freezing unborn embryos. This is another obsession in waging war on Children. This procedure takes a living human person and actually freezes it. This freezing, also known commonly as solidification, is a phase transition where an unborn child turns into a solid when its temperature is lowered below its freezing point. We must ask ourselves "When does human life begin?" Are embryos human people? Are pre-born children human embryos at the beginning of pregnancy? The answer is very simple. Is the pregnant woman human? Yes. Is her partner human? Yes. It follows that the embryo in the woman's body must be of the same species - HUMAN. Then it is safe to say that frozen human embryos are the most weak and vulnerability of human beings. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! The Right to a Dead Baby? Abortion, Ableism, and the Question of Autonomy

Charles C. Camosy
How we treat imperiled newborns - not only after a failed abortion attempt, but also in a more traditional NICU setting - is essential for fully grasping the current understanding of the right to abortion. When we examine the central role ableism plays in both sets of issues, thinking about them together provides an anti-ableist critique that has important implications for both prenatal and neonatal justice.

New! The Problems of Putting off Children

Nathanael Blake
A vision of control based on ambition, education, and income has come to dominate professional-class perspectives on having children, but we should reject these mistaken cultural pressures and remember that truly abundant life is achieved through giving and receiving love.

New! On Tech and Dignity: How We Can Stay Human (Part II)

Deion Kathawa
The only way to avoid a posthuman future is by affirming the goodness of being human in both our personal choices and social and legal institutions. Most importantly, we should recommit to the virtue of religion: giving God His due. Religion teaches us to value the ontological goodness of our creatureliness, exhorts us to take steps to preserve it, and gives us the confidence to do so. When we're steeped in a religious mode of being, we're content just to be human; we have no need or desire to grasp for more.

New! On Tech and Dignity: The Posthuman Technology That Threatens Us All (Part I)

Deion Kathawa
Part I addresses the threat that technology poses to human dignity because of the threat it poses to humanity itself - both elites and non-elites. Transgenderism is the first step on the road to a miserable posthuman future. Part II argues that we must recommit to the virtue of religion if we're to resist this technologized, posthuman threat.

New! Diseased Politics and Politicized Disease

James E. Hartley
Solzhenitsyn's 1968 book Cancer Ward presented a metaphor of the state as a physician to capture what was happening in the Soviet Union. But the book can also help us examine American society in the Age of COVID.

Heppermann's "Ask Me How I Got Here"

Jeff J. Koloze
Although a feeble teen abortion account, pro-lifers can use this "novel" (so-called) to show how post-abortion syndrome affects a young woman who lacks orthodox religious faith.

Exposing Population Control: Tanzania

Steven Mosher
The East African country of Tanzania suffers from many challenges, but overpopulation is not one of them. The subtropical country has a land area larger than California, Michigan, Arizona, and Virginia combined, and a population only about the size of California's and Virginia's combined

Margaret Sanger's Negro Project Is Alive and Well

Judie Brown
Planned Parenthood does not want you to know that genocide is not only prevalent, but is pushed on a daily basis in our country.

Searching for meaning in disaster

Michael Cook
Is there a meaning to Haiti? 200,000 dead; 1.5 million homeless; the chaos of looting and raping, hunger, thirst, disease. The randomness of the deaths -- children, an archbishop, a head of United Nations operations, slum dwellers, police. The Haitians were already living in one of the poorest, worst governed nations in the world. Now they have to struggle with the worst humanitarian disaster ever faced by the UN. Why?

Healing Our Hungers (8/1/21 Ordinary Time 18)

Proclaim Sermons
As in other places in scripture, John draws a connection between food and faith. Jesus came as the bread of life, who feeds our spiritual hunger. One way to respond is to heal our relationship to physical food.

Repairing Lost Consciousness in PVS Patients

E. Christian Brugger
What did the Schiavo affair teach us? Pundits were quick to answer this after the medical examiner released Schiavo's autopsy report in June 2005.

Go west, old man! Go west!

Michael Cook
Ten percent of Americans now have access to assisted suicide after Jerry Brown, governor of California, approved Assembly Bill 15.

Surrogacy children face more developmental difficulties

Michael Cook
"Signs of adjustment problems could be behaviour problems, such as aggressive or antisocial behaviour, or emotional problems, such as anxiety or depression," Dr Golombok told NBC Today.

FDA: New drug application 21-045, Levonorgestrel ( Plan B , and Preven ), ("emergency contraceptives") and (their possible abortifacient effects)

Irving News Comments
The scientific experts who are the experts on the issue of when a human being begins to exist, and on subsequent early human development from fertilization on, are human embryologists. Although many attempt to cast even the scientific issue in "subjective" terms, it needs to be realized that in the science of human embryology these scientific experts are professionally required to follow definitions of terms according to an International Nomina Embryologica Committee (INEC).

Thailand: Failure of justice for human rights defenders

Asia Human Rights
One year after the assassination of human rights defender Mr. Chai Boontonglek, a member of the Southern Peasants' Federation of Thailand (SPFT), the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned about persistent impunity in human rights murder cases.