Jerry Novotny OMI
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June 2, 2015

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Emails Raise Questions Of Bias In Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service For Same-Sex Wedding
The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that the government agency responsible for enforcing Oregon’s anti-discrimination law appears to be working closely with a powerful gay rights advocacy group in its case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

How You're Ruining Your Sex Life: Porn
The truth is, our modern way of life throws up a lot of obstacles to a great married sex life. You may have unwittingly run into one or more of them. The good news is, many of them are easy to avoid once you’re aware of them. And if you do find yourself hung up on one, you might be surprised at how easy it is to fix it.

Pope Francis: Civilization's Progress Is Measured By Its Ability To Protect Life
Pontiff lists "scourge of abortion" as the number one contemporary attack on life

African Bishops: "Courageously Uphold Catholic Family Values"
Catholic bishops from Africa and Europe have urged families to courageously uphold Catholic family values, boldly rejecting new atheistic ideologies that seek to destroy marriage and the family.

Abortion Is The Death Penalty For The Unborn...
Nebraska’s Catholic bishops were proud to support LB268, which definitively repealed our state’s death penalty. For months, we worked with senators from across the state to bring an end to the practice of capital punishment. The passage of LB268 strengthens Nebraska’s culture of life. My opposition to Nebraska’s death penalty is rooted in my respect for the fundamental dignity of every human life...

Children 'Burned Beyond Recognition' In Barrel Bomb Attacks Killing 200 Syrian Civilians
Close to 200 civilians in Syria have died from barrel bomb attacks throughout the weekend allegedly carried out by the army of President Bashar al-Assad, activists have said. While Assad has continuously denied responsibility, a U.N. envoy has condemned the bombings as "totally unacceptable."

Gas Buildup Under Fukushima Threatens Hydrogen Explosion, Warn Nuclear Officials
It is estimated that at least 130 storage containers holding radioactive waste at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan are now leaking, according to new reports. The result is a continuous hydrogen gas buildup that nuclear...

Newer Birth Control Pills Raise The Risk Of Blood Clots
A new study puts a number on the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots after using the pill

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Reverence for Life and the Approach to Patient Care

Ron Panzer
Whatever the stage of life, we serve and treat - so long as these can truly help. We don't withdraw our services simply because we do not approve the life before us. We know that all patients are human persons made in the image of God. As such, they are to be served and have their lives affirmed - including the preborn, the newborn, infant, child, as well as the adult, the disabled, and the elderly. Like the farmer, we put our hand to the plow and do not look back. We serve to the best of our ability and leave the results in His hands. (Luke 9:62)

New! Outsourcing embryos in India

Michael Cook
A recent Vice documentary for HBO, Outsourcing Embryos, explored the well-trodden path to shady surrogacy practices in India.

New! When My Father Told Me He Wanted to Be a Woman

Denise Shick
When I was nine years old, my father told me he wanted to become a woman. I know I speak for others who have undergone similarly tragic childhoods when I say that I pray the Supreme Court will seriously consider the six amicus briefs submitted by the children of LGBT parents

Leading health expert slams assisted suicide in NY Times

Michael Cook
Dr Ezekiel J. Emanuel was one of the most reviled figures of the Obama Administration during the debate over its health care bill. He was even called a "Deadly Doctor" who wanted to ration health care. Last year he left the Administration and returned to academia, but no doubt some foes of Obama still regard him as a fan of euthanasia.

"Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology" Specific Reproductive Technologies (Part II)

E. Christian Brugger
This is the second part of a two-part series on the U.S. Bishops' new document on reproductive technology, Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology, issued on November 17. In the first essay I discussed the document's ethical framework for analyzing particular forms of reproductive assistance. In this essay I review the document's ethical teaching on the following forms: using gamete donors, surrogate motherhood, homologous artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and cloning.

Family structure: it's an education in itself

Andrea Mrozek
An international report finds a clear educational advantage in developed countries for children living with two parents.

A Tarnished Opportunity, Part 2

Mary McLellan
Until the adults in the room decide to stand up and demand that sex education should be restricted to the biology of reproduction and not the teaching of sexual pleasures, our vulnerable children will continue to be exposed to sexually explicit curricula disquised as "reproductive health education."

Aborted Fetal Cell Line Vaccines And The Catholic Family
A Moral Perspective

*Offsite Article
The following information has been prepared to address the concerns of Catholic parents, physicians and clergy regarding the use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines.  It will also expose the truth that has been intentionally kept hidden from our Catholic ethicists, theologians and the general public far too long.