Jerry Novotny OMI
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November 23, 2014

Breaking News

Western Giants Launch Dangerous & Controversial Contraceptive In Africa
Simply put, this is racism, it is imperialism and it is a form of colonialism where the poor African women are being treated as subhuman subjects to the wealthy and worldly. Who will speak up for the women of Africa? Who will lament the crass disregard for their wellbeing? Who will complain about the cruel disrespect with which they are being treated? Who will shed tears for the irreparable damage that could befall them?

KENYA: Nurses Campaign Against Controversial Tetanus Jab
The Kenya National Union of Nurses has joined the campaign to stop the controversial tetanus vaccination until an independent body certifies its safety.

The Love That Brings New Life Into The World
I want this morning to begin our conversation by one way of telling the story of the most beautiful idea in the history of civilization: the idea of the love that brings new life into the world.

As Myanmar Health Care Fails To Improve, Poor Continue To Cross Border
Skyrocketing investment and much-lauded government reforms have yet to trickle down to Myanmar’s health-care sector — which remains stymied by the educational, bureaucratic, and corruption issues plaguing the country at large. The government this year vowed to have universal health care by 2030, but currently allocates just over three percent of its budget on health care or, $11 per person.

Why Ending Gendercide Is An Essential Pro-life Goal
Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, an organization at the forefront of the fight against gendercide in China, has a point when she says sex-selection is not “just another reason” for abortion. “There is a strong correlation between gendercide and forced abortion,” she said.

Abortion Isn't About A Baby; It's About Me, Asserts Writer
Rebecca Traister attempts to come off as some authority on women, feminism, and the reality of abortion in her New Republic piece entitled “Let’s Just Say It: Women Matter More Than Fetuses Do.” She fails at this task.

Essure Birth Control Is Ruining Women's Lives
According to recent news coverage and personal testimonies, hundreds of women have experienced adverse side effects from Essure – “the only non-surgical, permanent birth control available”.

NGOs Lobby For Abortion Rights To Amend India's Pregnancy Act
Persistent lobbying efforts by pro-abortion organizations have led to proposed legislation to amend India's Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP), originally enacted in 1971. If passed, the law will allow abortion up to 24 weeks gestation and grant midwives and homeopaths the right to perform abortions.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Homosexuality and the Church Crisis

Brian Clowes
This paper demonstrates that there is indeed a very strong link between male homosexuality and child sexual abuse. It also shows that there is a similar or higher rate of child sexual abuse among other very large groups of adult males (e.g., Protestant clergy, who are usually married), thus proving that celibacy is not the root of the problem - homosexuality is.

New! World population predictions: are we ignoring education?

Marcus Roberts
There seems to have been a resurgence of doom and gloom population predictions in the last couple of months in the media.

New! Rejecting euthanasia, respecting the human spirit

Margaret Somerville
Recently, Jonathan Kay, John Moore and I participated in a panel on CBC's The National, discussing assisted suicide and euthanasia. Kay supported extreme individual autonomy: Whatever their reason, competent adults should have the right to euthanasia. Moore proposed some conditions, such as terminal illness, on exercising that right. I argued that we should reject euthanasia, in part, because it's dangerous for vulnerable people and society.

Declaration on Divorce

Official Documents
The Code of Canon Law establishes that "Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion" (can. 915).

Update on Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (hescr)

C. Ward Kischer
The term "stem cell" has its origin in either histology or histopathology.cIn histology it has been known for decades, but by the terms "reparative cell" or "regenerative cell". The term "stem cell", per se, probably arose from histopathology, and was first identified in peripheral blood and bone marrow. The cell identified was believed to be the precursor to all of the blood cell types (please see: "Research On Stem Cells", Kischer, C.W., this website).

What's at Stake in the "Same-Sex Marriage" Debate?

Melanie Baker
The law cannot be divorced from reality, from nature. The moment this happens, law becomes arbitrary, the whim of the ruling power: it becomes tyranny.

Bishops Who Wear Badges Of Courage

Judie Brown
One of the most curious things about the constant war of words that the mainstream media wages against Catholic bishops is that it never reports on the other side of a bishop's actions - the reasons why he acts in a particular way, when a bishop is faithful to Christ and His Church. And there have been several in the news recently who deserve to be admired and emulated, not scorned and rebuked.

Invisible Kids

Hank Mattimore
We need to really SEE these kids; put ourselves in their tennis shoes. It is not their fault that they find themselves in foster care. And, like the man on the stair, wishing they would go away will not make it happen.