Jerry Novotny OMI
Updated Daily:
November 28, 2015
Notice: Fr. Novotny is off to Taiwan to attend the 20th HLI Asia-Pacific Congress on Faith, Life and Family. He'll be back on December 2nd.

Breaking News

Canada: Liberal Party Health Minister Jane Philpott Pushes For More Abortion Clinics
For those concerned about the health and safety of all Canadians, no matter their location, it was with nervous excitement that we received the news of Dr. Jane Philpott’s appointment as Minister of Health.

“The Good Wife” Tackles Planned Parenthood: Shows Abortionist Selling Baby Parts For $100
While the media erupts about the bold way ABC’s latest episode of “Scandal” promoted abortion, another popular TV show tackled the issue of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies’ body parts on Sunday.

Planned Parenthood Praises ABC For Having Character Abort Her Baby As “Silent Night” Plays
Planned Parenthood sang the praises of the ABC show “Scandal” on Friday after the TV show glorified a main character’s abortion to the tune of “Silent Night” and the defeat of a bill to de-fund the abortion giant. “We just hope those in Congress — and throughout the nation — who are steadfast on rolling the clock back on reproductive health care access are taking note” of the show, Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

Slouching Towards A Genderless Society
It would seem that in today’s modern US society there are pundits who wish to make gender something that is fluid. Something that can change on a whim, if one wills it.

UN Committee On The Rights Of The Child Tells Pro-Life Poland To Legalize Abortions
A new United Nations document is demanding that conservative Poland makes abortion easily available to young girls.

Living With "Living Wills"
In the early 1970s when I was a young ICU nurse, none of us medical professionals had even heard of a “living will”. There was a universal presumption for life and “quality of life” was something to be improved, not judged.

Pornography Is Our Greatest Ongoing Spiritual Threat
The bishops of the United States gathered together last week for their annual meeting in Baltimore. One of the issues that they chose to address this year concerns what is perhaps the greatest ongoing threat to the spiritual and physical health of the Catholics in United States. It breaks up marriages, kills the state of grace, and in many cases destroys the possibility of vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life. It is a plague and its name is: pornography.

Philadelphia Planned Parenthood Clinics Caught Storing Aborted Babies In Bags In Janitor’s Closet
Pennsylvania officials recently discovered unsafe and unsanitary conditions in two Philadelphia abortion clinics during special monitoring inspections. The discoveries also include finding the remains of aborted babies stuffed in a closet at the time when the abortion company is under fire for selling aborted babies and their body parts.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Abortion, The Mother's Life, And The Principle of Double Effect

Pilar Calva
Some may view risking malformation as cruel, but they forget one thing. Life, even when imperfect (as if a perfect life were possible) is a gift, and the ultimate good.

New! More Than We Wish to Know: Chen Guangcheng and the Truth about Chinese Human Rights Abuses

Arthur Waldron
We hear endlessly of "change" and "reform" in China, and the United States has premised its policies on these promises. The memoirs of Chen Guangcheng paint a very different portrait.

New! Abortifacients, Emergency Contraception, and Terminating Pregnancy

Mathew Lu
If there is any plausible reason to believe that emergency contraceptives cause - even occasionally - the death of embryo, then they are morally equivalent to abortifacients.

Casualties in the War on Poverty
The Church Needs to Step It Up

John Stonestreet
It's been fifty years since President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."

Important Clarifications on the Meaning of "Conscience"

Douglas P. McManaman
For a Catholic to make a moral decision on the basis of illegitimate dissent is to act in violation of conscience, not in accordance with it. The very fact that one is not plagued by guilt afterwards does not mitigate the argument. Feelings of guilt do not always accompany decisions that we know might be wrong, are probably wrong, or are in fact wrong.

Dolly lab to create 'virgin birth' embryos

Irving News Comments
Please note the convergence of scientific and ethical issues concerning the use of the early human embryo in research with the use of adult human subjects in research -- especially research concerning artificial reproductive technologies (ART).

Dutch debate euthanasia of their prince

Michael Cook
Nearly six months ago Prince Friso, the son of Queen Beatrix, of the Netherlands, was buried in an avalanche while skiing in Austria. By the time he was rescued, he had already suffered severe brain damage.

Homosexuality, reparative therapy, and the Jewish community

Matt C. Abbott
As the homosexuality debate rages among Christians (although it shouldn't, given the clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the natural law), said debate also seems to be taking more prominence in the Jewish community.