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April 19, 2018

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The Progressive Racism Of Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger was anti-God, anti-marriage, and anti-America, long before it was fashionable to be so, but she wasn’t a racist—at least not in the traditional sense of the word. Was she bigoted? Certainly, but her bigotry wasn’t ethnically driven. It was bigger than that. Sanger’s devotion to eugenics wasn’t built on a contempt for people of color; it was built on a contempt for the poor and ignorant, which is why she despised most Christian charities.

A Conversation About ‘Humanae Vitae’ May Finally Be Possible
Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical came out just as the sexual revolution was picking up steam, well on its way to becoming a dominant force in Western culture.

US Nurse Charged With Murder. Assisted Suicide Laws Will Not Protect People From Medical Killers.
The assisted suicide lobby argues that legalizing assisted suicide will prevent "underground" killing. They suggest that legalizing and regulating assisted suicide will protect people from illegal acts.

Ignoring The Crimes Of Assad's Regime Will Not Lead To Peace
'The atrocities committed by ISIS have tended to eclipse the mass murders of Bashar al-Assad,' says Mazen Darwish

UN Agency Launches Appeal To Reach Over 340,000 With Assistance In Crisis-struck Ukraine
“We note that the 340,000 people in critical need this year is an increase on the 215,000 the organization has assisted over the four years since the start of the conflict,” Joel Millman, a spokesperson for the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), said at a regular media briefing in Geneva.

'Pro-life Walkout': Students At 350 Schools Leave Classes
'Enough is Enough! We will no longer tolerate legal abortion in our nation'

Abortion Is Murder, Says Sri Lankan Cardinal
Despite terminating pregnancy being illegal in the country, about 650 procedures take place every day

Court Rejects Parents’ Appeal, Allows Hospital To Shut Off Alfie Evans’ Life Support Over Their Objections
A British court has rejected the final appeal from the parents of little Alfie Evans, whose life support will be shut off soon by a children’s hospital despite their objections.

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The Importance of "Human Life" - 50 years later

Dear Friends for Life: “Humanae Vitae”, the prophetic encyclical written by Pope Paul VI in 1968, warned Catholics about the culture of contraception and the deadly impact it would have on society. “Humanae Vitae” explains why the Catholic Church rejects contraception. Pope Paul VI warned of dire consequences if contraception became widely practiced. He cautioned that there would be greater infidelity in marriage, confusion regarding the nature of human sexuality and its role in society, using women for sexual pleasure, compulsory government birth control policies, and the reduction of the human body to an instrument of human manipulation. In 2018, these warnings are a living reality. Author Mary Eberstadt, in a speech at Notre Dame, argued that abortion rates have increased as a result of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and contraception in particular. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Do not be afraid: the truth about Down syndrome

Mary Cooney
Most people who want to abort babies with trisomy 21 are terribly misled. Children with Down are truly a gift to their families and to the world at large. Let's continue to love and protect them before and after birth.

New! How Not To Do Bioethical Reasoning

E. Christian Brugger
The authors are frustrated because CPCs won't accept abortion clinics as valid alternatives for dealing with problem pregnancies. But CPCs came into existence on the premise that abortion clinics do horrible things and are devoid of moral legitimacy.

New! Saving elephants and squirrels, but not humans

Ann Farmer
British passion to conserve species runs out at the abortion clinic door.

New! Can Sex Be Casual? Searching for Connection on Campus

Brittany Basile
A new book on the hookup culture describes its harms in great detail. But the author fai ls to understand the implications of her own data, ignoring the fact that we're in the middle of a cultural sexual crisis that exists because we've told ourselves that sex can be casual

New! Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist's Evaluation of I am Jazz

Michael K. Laidlaw
The book "I Am Jazz" contains both false information and very troubling omissions. Children who are experiencing gender dysphoria will likely be harmed by this book, as will children who do not have the condition.

What can language do against the truth of abortion?

Sheila Liaugmina
After 44 years of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade, and tens of millions of human lives never lived and children never known or given a chance to be held, known or loved by their parents or at least one of them, or any family member, or couples eager to adopt, the cost of this violence and the cumulative ravages and drastic loss it left has been realized and mourned.

One child changes: No effect?

Marcus Roberts
A few weeks ago we mentioned the news that China was relaxing its despicably evil One Child Policy. Understandably perhaps, the only response to that post was scepticism that we should take anything that the Chinese Government says at face value.

Catholic Hospitals and the Intent to Kill

Judie Brown
The hospital's statement employs nuanced rhetoric to describe the actions taken to provide care to the expectant mother by terminating an eleven-week pregnancy in order to save her life. Note that the hospital does not address the two patients involved in the decision, but rather relegates the preborn child to the status of a problem that required a surgical intervention.

On Abortion Rates: Good News and Cause for Reflection

Richard M. Doerflinger
American abortion rates are falling significantly. Although the Guttmacher Institute tries to hide the chief causes of this trend, cutting through the spin reveals that pro-life laws and attitudes help reduce the abortion rate and the abortion ratio.

Kids and Geezers

Hank Mattimore
To me the experience was a reminder of the magic that exists between the very young and the very old. The so-called generation gap that yawns between parents and their kids does not seem to exist between kids and geezers. They get along because they have so much in common.

Sri Lanka: Aspirations to justice defeated at all level

Asia Human Rights
In Sri Lanka, what remains widespread in political, social, and cultural life is widespread shameless impunity relating to every form of abuse of human dignity and human rights. This widespread shameless impunity is also widespread in the entirety of the legal system in Sri Lanka.

The Virtue of Justice and Its Limitations

Peter Chojnowski
"How can we know that [an] act is contrary to an act of justice, when we cannot even define what 'justice' is? This problem of definition...also existed in the dying days of ... ancient Athens. There, in the fifth century and early fourth century B.C., the philosophers Socrates and Plato confronted an intellectual situation similar to our own. In their case, it was the intellectuals referred to as the Sophists who were undermining the fabric of traditional Greek moral life. They did this by throwing into question the universality of such traditional virtues as justice, temperance, and fortitude."

Catholic Bishops Who Dishearten

Judie Brown
Catholic leadership often creates a level of discomfort among those of us who believe that today's culture wars require saints and martyrs rather than politicians masquerading as bishops and priests.

Missouri Stem Cell Petition: Voters Can Push the Logic of Stowers Institute's Quirky 'Science'

Dianne N. Irving
At last heavy Republican political weight in Missouri is bearing down on and exposing the obvious desperation and downright fraud involved in the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. .. Let's just push the logic of Neaves' quirky "science" a bit and see where else it would take the good State of Missouri besides constituitionalizing "stem cell research".

US stem cell scientist punished for fraud

Michael Cook
Stem cell research fraud continues, though not as spectacularly as in the lab of disgraced South Korean Hwang Woo-suk.