Jerry Novotny OMI
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September 22, 2014

Breaking News

Why Does God Allow All The Violence And Suffering Today?
Perhaps the suffering is meant to unite us in compassion and action.

No More Tears: Moral Healthcare For Women
With tears in her eyes, Lindsey approached me during her junior year in high school after hearing a lecture I gave on the negative side effects of contraception and the alternatives offered by the science of NaPro Technology.

Suicide And Faith: My Story

Experts Tell UN Human Rights Council To Include The Family In New Development Goals
Countries must look at factors that destroy families, a legal expert told the Human Rights Council on Monday. The plea to the rights council came as their delegates in at UN headquarters are deciding how billions of aid dollars will be spent on new global development goals in the coming years.

IPS Treatment Window Opens
A team at the governmental scientific research institute Riken on Sept. 12 transplanted a retina sheet made of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into a woman — the world’s first clinical research involving the transplant of human iPS cells.

Indiana Attorney General Files Administrative Complaints Against Four Abortionists
The Indiana Attorney General’s office announced yesterday that it has filed administrative complaints against four abortionists in three counties for recordkeeping violations. The Medical Licensing Board will determine what discipline the violations warrant.

Catholic Leaders Criticize Cardinal Dolan’s Defense Of Gay Group At St. Patrick’s Parade
'The Church should be protecting our children rather than abetting those who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of innocent souls,' says Austin Ruse.

Transgender ‘female’ Boxer Gives Female Opponent Concussion, Breaks Her Eye Socket
Nothing can take away from the fact that you are physically a man

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Ethical Perspectives

New! The Language of Love
Bishop Conley's Pastoral Letter on Contraception

Janet E. Smith
(On March 25, 2014, Bishop Conley of Lincoln, NE. issued a powerful call to Catholics to embrace the Church's teaching on contraception.) Twenty years ago, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta stood before the President of the United States, before senators and congressmen, before justices of the United States Supreme Court. She spoke about her work among the world's poor. She spoke about justice and compassion. Most importantly, she spoke about love. "Love," she told them, "has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me."

New! The Pornification of the Church
Silence No Longer an Option

John Stonestreet
In the spring of 2000, Zogby International asked more than a thousand U.S. adults whether they had ever visited a sexually-oriented web site. Only one in five had done so. Among born-again Christians, 18 percent had gone to such sites, just three percentage points less than the general public.

New! Bear Witness to the Truth about Unborn Human Life

Ryan T. Anderson
While it is a self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, what is self-evident in the technical philosophical sense is not always readily assented to, or immediately obvious. In many ways this is the story of debates throughout American history, and it is true today in the debate over unborn human life.

Preparation for Marriage III (part 1)
Immediate Preparation Part 1: Considerations Prior to Becoming Engaged

William E. May
The main thing is, for those preparing for marriage during the proximate stage, to understand why homemaking is so important and that a livable, cheerful and happy home does not depend on wealth but on the persons living in it.

Called to Give Life
A Sourcebook on the Blessings of Children and the Harm of Contraception

Jason T. Adams
"Called to Give Life" helps those who have the task of forming others to understand the wisdom of the Church's teachings about human sexuality. This sourcebook contains a bounty of information to help those in catechesis not only form others but also themselves. Part I provides vital documentation to explain the "whats and whys" behind the dangers of contraception, sterilization and abortion and the beauty of Natural Family Planning. Part II is a collection of homilies designed to help priests and deacons preach the truth of married love with courage. "Called to Give Life" concludes with an excellent section on pastoral considerations to make present and alive in dioceses and parishes the truth about human sexuality.

Rethinking Contraception

Sam Torode
We enrolled in a Natural Family Planning (NFP) home study course offered by the Couple to Couple League. Sorting through all the information was a bit daunting at first, but the more we read, the easier it became to grasp. By studying NFP, we learned far more about our bodies complementary designs than we had ever been taught by doctors or health instructors. More than that, we were prompted to communicate with each other on a deeper level than before and were immersed in what we found to be a profound, biblical perspective on the meaning of sex. Learning NFP is the best way we can imagine to prepare for marriage.

Ohio man ordered not to father children

Michael Cook
Are anti-procreation orders constitutional in the United States? A case in Ohio is working its way to the state Supreme Court.

The Grim Truth Is No Laughing Matter!

Judie Brown
Serious matters deserve serious attention. But when light is made of the taking of a precious human life, the world should be both shocked and offended. And when a human life is compared to that of an animal, we should stand up and proclaim the sanctity of every person's life. But is this happening in today's world? Or are most people laughing at the jokes and letting the atrocities slide?