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Jerry Novotny OMI
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January 17, 2020

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J.K. Rowling ‘Controversy’ Shows Women Have Most To Lose With Gender Identity Ideology
Just a few years ago, advocates of so-called “gender identity” insisted that all they wanted was space to “live and let live” — to “be themselves.” Unfortunately, that was not true — they wanted much, much more. In the case of British academic Maya Forstater, we recently got a glimpse of the ominous end game of gender identity ideology: Nothing less than the total and complete social alienation of anyone who asserts the biological reality that men cannot be women and women cannot be men.

Contrary To Media Reports, New Abortion Pill Study Finds It Endangers Women And Reversal Works
The authors of a new study continue promulgating misleading information about the real risks of the abortion pill regimen, instead of emphasizing the safety of using progesterone to try to reverse Mifeprex's effects.

More States Move To Stop Boys From Competing As Girls In Sports
Since this issue doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon and the federal government doesn’t seem inclined to deal with it, a number of states are attempting to take matters into their own hands this year. The subject at hand is transgender students who “identify” as females competing in girls’ high school sports.

Twins Born Minutes Apart On Different Days, In Different Decades
Indiana twins Joslyn and Jaxon arrived a bit ahead of schedule last week and already have a lot of fans. They weren’t due to be born until February 19, but the duo made a surprise appearance when one was born on New Year’s Eve and the other on New Year’s Day.

Planned Parenthood Lost 400,000 Individual Donors Last Year
Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report has revealed that the largest provider of abortions in the nation is bleeding donors. According to American Life League (ALL), Planned Parenthood lost almost 400,000 individual donors during the fiscal year ending last June.

Latest Planned Parenthood Annual Report Reveals Record-breaking Abortions And Taxpayer Dollars
Planned Parenthood just released its 2018-2019 annual report and it reveals that the organization has now committed its highest number of abortions on record while also receiving more taxpayer funding than any other year on record.

Powerful Reflections On The Dignity Of The Human Person From A Disabled Woman Of Singular Talent
"I can't walk; I can't sit up straight; I can't feed myself. If you and I meet, the first thing you notice will be my body crumpled in a wheelchair. Once I could at least sit up, but now my weak neck is bent over and my spine bent so much that my head falls heavily upon my left shoulder and my hunched back."

Standing For Truth Against The Spirit Of The Age
“The process of IVF damages embryonic stem cells and thus life and is therefore completely, clearly and totally incompatible with our Catholic faith,” read the post. “For all believers in God, all life is sacred at all times.”

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Editorial

On New Year’s Eve, Pope Francis calls listening an act of love

Pope Francis said on New Year’s Eve, “It is an act of love to spend time with others, to listen to them and their needs, and to try to see them as Christ sees them.” “We are called to meet others and listen to their life, their cry for help." "LISTENING IS ALREADY AN ACT OF LOVE!” he said. In his homily in St. Peter’s Basilica, our Holy Father said “having time for others, dialoguing, recognizing with a contemplative gaze the presence and action of God in their lives, witnessing the new life of the Gospel with DEEDS RATHER THAN WORDS, is truly a service of love which changes reality.” Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Courage, Love, and Sacrifice in the Fight for Marriage Reality

Robert P. George
Every time we fail to muster the courage to do what's right, what God is calling us to do, there is behind that failure a still deeper failure: a failure of love.

New! Andrea Long Chu Says You Are a Female, and He's Only Partly Wrong

Angela Franks
Transgender performance of femaleness can only be a parody, because no amount of "bottom surgery" will make a male into the kind of human being who has the natural power to bear a child. The woman has the spontaneous, natural power to make space for the other, which embodies the spiritual reality to which all human beings are called.

New! Saving Human Rights from the Human Rights Movement

Andrew R. Deloach
Without a proper understanding of human beings that is grounded in natural law, human rights will always fall short of the lofty goals set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights is to help the U.S. protect human rights, it needs first to try to understand their nature.

New! Fitting the Punishment to the Crime: The Justice of Contemporary Criminal Sentencing Laws

Joseph Bessette
Were the criminal sentencing reforms that began in the 1970s too harsh? Rachel Barkow's new book says they were. But most Americans would likely call these changes progress: our worst offenders now get something closer to what they should get than in the days when the experts were more in charge of punishment. Perhaps the real question is whether we should ground our criminal law more on justice as retribution.

New! No Religion Needed: The Moral Horror of Assisted Suicide

R. J. Snell
The very reason why someone would object to a purely religious claim deceptively being presented as a non-religious claim is the very same reason why assisted suicide is wrong. It is wrong, always and everywhere, to treat persons as mere tools. No matter how we feel about it.

Bangladesh: Civic space denied and ruling party takes laws in hand

Asia Human Rights
The deaths of three girls aged eight, four and two from prolonged starvation has caused much shock and uproar throughout India.

Gender Confusion In Our Families: How Does One Respond?

Frank J. Moncher
Any ensuing discussions should recognize the totality of the person, apart from any name, pronoun or label. Dignity rests in how the child was made: out of love, unrepeatable, male or female, and in the image and likeness of God.

Chinese couples using American surrogates to get residency

Xavier Symons
A new American import has become popular in mainland China - surrogate children born in the US. Wealthy Chinese couples are increasingly making use of US surrogate mothers, according to surrogacy agencies in both America and China.

Short Commentary on Matthew, No. 15
Jesus opens His mission at Capharnaum

Anthony Zimmerman
The sonorous words that Matthew intones here are like a flourish of trumpets: "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." For this was the historic moment when the cosmos turned on its hinges.

Focusing on Prenatal ABILITIES - The womb classroom!

Kurt Kondrich
In 2003 my beautiful daughter Chloe was born with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and I must admit my family was filled with fear, anxiety and uncertainty about Chloe's future. At the time I was in my 20th year as a Police Officer, and I had no knowledge of supports for children like Chloe.

Eugene Peterson and Same-Sex 'Marriage'

John Stonestreet
Last week, the well-known evangelical author Eugene Peterson appeared to embrace so-called same-sex "marriage," and then, he backtracked. There's a lot to talk about.

No standing: what marriage radicals really think of "the people"

Jennifer Roback Morse
Is it same-sex marriage rights they want, or a revolution in the American legal system?

Founder of Femen Brazil now makes war on feminism

Carolyn Moynihan
Sara Fernanda Giromin discovers motherhood and happiness.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research Likely Won't Cure Any Diseases

Wesley J. Smith
The advances in adult-stem-cell research: Meanwhile, research into harnessing non-embryonic sources of stem cells for use in medical therapies is advancing at an astounding pace, both in animal studies and early human trials.

Come with Me
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time - B

Frank Enderle
All of us, without exception, are called by the Lord. He says to us each and every one of us the same words he said to his Apostles: "Come with me." In order for us to hear the call of Jesus and be able to follow Him, as the apostles did, we need to disengage from the inordinate desire for material things that plagues the society in which we live. If we do not do that, we may find that there is too much clutter in our lives, too many things to worry about, and we will not be able to follow the Lord freely.