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Jerry Novotny OMI
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August 18, 2019

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What Duty Of Care Do We Have Towards Illegal Migrants?
Immigration is one of the most difficult issues of our times. As part of our focus on demography, we are presenting various perspectives on the debate. From Lebanon, Barend Vlaardingerbroek asks whether all refugees are really refugees.

Loneliness Is A Human Catastrophe – And It’s Getting Worse
Heat waves kill. But selectively. If you’re relatively young, healthy and have access to a lake or air conditioning, heat is at worst an irritant. Immobile urban seniors living alone without air conditioning are at risk.

Why The World Needs To Allow Women To Shout Their Adoptions
People often think that if a child is unwanted by a birth mother, he is unloved. But placing a child for adoption is a profoundly loving choice.

Teen Boys Exposed To Violent Porn 2-3 Times More Likely To Victimize Girls, Study Finds
To summarize: teenage boys exposed to violent pornography are two to three times more likely to victimize girls, primarily through some form of sexual assault. Now consider the fact that boys have a 90% chance of being exposed to pornography before the age of 18, and that the most popular forms of porn feature horrifying violence against women and girls.

Teen: ‘Taking Puberty Blockers Was Worst Decision Of My Life’
A teenager says puberty blockers were sold as a “miracle cure for being trans”, but instead felt like poison which did not solve her problems.

More States Pledge To Include ‘LGBT History’ In School Curriculums
Beginning in 2020, more states will now include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history in their public school curriculums.

One In Four Babies Aborted In England And Wales
Nearly a quarter of babies are aborted in England and Wales, shocking new statistics reveal.

Teen Vogue Uses Snapchat To Instruct Kids How To Get An Abortion
Popular magazine Teen Vogue recently published content on Snapchat explaining to teenagers how to get abortions.

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Editorial

21st Century Asian Slaves

The crisis of health of trafficking victims in Southeast Asia deepens as a recent study finds victims badly abused. The research discovered that people caught in trafficking suffer beatings, neglect and severe health problems no matter where they end up working. Researchers interviewed more than 1,100 men, women and children in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, who had been trafficked into at least 15 sectors – including factory work, domestic labour, sex work and fishing. An estimated 56% of forced labourers live in the Asia and Pacific region, especially in the Greater Mekong subregion, which has more than 13 million migrant workers, 13% are trafficked Vietnamese migrants, and 17% of 596 Thai fisherman reported that they were working against their will or under threat of penalties. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria - Too General and Too Much Harm

Walt Heyer
The diagnosis of gender dysphoria prematurely puts people on a path to transition while trivializing and dismissing contributing factors such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual fetishes and co-existing psychological disorders. The trans "treatment" being idolized today should meet the same fate as lobotomies, tooth pulling and colon removal - tossed on the historical rubbish heap of debunked horrific experiments perpetrated on innocent, hurting people.

New! Social Science Is Not Enough

Scott Yenor
All the science in the world does not answer the deepest questions of political importance. Pretending that questions of political priority are merely technical or scientific questions is the lie of modern times. Conservatives must relearn this lesson in order to defend essential public goods like marriage and the family.

New! Immigration: Can We Talk About This?

James E. Hartley
How do we determine the right level of immigration? Assuming the optimal number of immigrants per year is neither zero nor infinite, what is it? Five hundred thousand? One million? Two million? Five million? If we can start our discussion about immigration from a shared set of ideals, then we can begin the laborious task of determining the levels and types of immigration that will allow the continuation of the American experiment.

New! What is a 21st century family?

Carolyn Moynihan
What is a family? Not so long ago it would have been uncontroversial to reply, "A husband and wife and their children." This conjugal family could be diminished by the death of a member, splintered by divorce, expanded by the co-residence of other relations (a grandmother, for example), an adopted child, or other persons; but the norm of mum, dad and their kids remained almost universally acknowledged.

New! Philosophy and Theology: What Justifies the Right to Live?

Christopher Kaczor
Who has a right to live, and why? Much continues to be written on the moral status of the human embryo, but the best biological and ethical research points to the truth that all human beings - even in the first stages of life - merit equal basic protection from intentional harm.

Coming "Out of the Closet", Not Just for Gay

Hank Mattimore
It's not only the gays who struggle to come out of the closet. Many of us are in closets of our own making, closets that have nothing to do with sexual orientation but everything to do with owning our real self.

Nullity of Marriage Contested

Anthony Zimmerman
The Pope recognized that some couples have sufficient reason to avoid having children by using periodic abstinence "even for the entire duration of their marriage".

Cell Line Research At Georgetown et al
(Children of God for Life Responds)

Debi Vinnedge
Please read the statement released by the National Catholic Bioethics Center regarding the aborted fetal cell line research at Georgetown University - and our response. These people are supposed to be giving guidance and direction to our Bishops and Church leaders. You will be shocked to learn that not only does this Catholic organization think that Georgetown's research is perfectly acceptable, they believe the pharmaceutical industry is blameless as well!

Short Commentary on Matthew, No. 36

Anthony Zimmerman
Although Jesus had fasted forty days and nights at the beginning of His public mission, there is no record in the Gospels that He prescribed a rule about fasting to His disciples.

A Note on Purgatory

Douglas P. McManaman
Consider the pain of wanting to right certain wrongs that we recognize we were responsible for, but are unable to right immediately. A person with a just will refuses to accept rest until those wrongs and the damage they have caused are made right, which is why the souls in purgatory accept their suffering -- caused by the knowledge of those wrongs -- until all of them are made right, which in most cases would take decades, some even centuries. The essence of purgatory's sorrow is summed up by poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92): "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"

The case for loving the disabled

William West
The value of the disabled and the love they inspire is the subject of a new 900-page book, Far From the Tree

Macklemore's "Same Love": When Feelings Are Not Enough

Frank J. Moncher
Persuasive analyses of how a "gay culture" is going to be beneficial to civilization overall, is lacking. Most of the discussion from this perspective attempts to cast the movement towards "gay marriage" as an advancement of civil rights on par with other civil rights. It ignores the heretofore obvious fact that men and women are different, and such differences have huge implications for relationships.

Hotels and the Pornography Plague: An Example of Moral Responsibility from Scandinavia

Robert P. George
While many American hotel executives refuse to rid their businesses of pornography, Petter Stordalen, owner of one of Scandinavia's largest hotel chains, is leading the way forward.

In the Footsteps of St. Paul
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Antonio P. Pueyo
Why should anyone preach at all? I see two important reasons, first, because the Lord commanded it, and second, because something good ought to be shared.

Pakistan: Glamourizing 'good' terrorists-new way to serve state interests

Asia Human Rights
Glamorizing terrorists as born again saviours of humanity is the new tactic adopted by the state to abet home grown terrorism.