Jerry Novotny OMI
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November 1, 2014

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The Synod Tells Us Its Priorities, But Are We Listening?
The synod has not been shy on the subject. The Intrumentum laboris consistently condemns birth control and "gender theory." The nice, married, heterosexual couples who offered testimony consistently sang the praises of natural family planning and deplored the prevalence of contraception.

Love Is Superior To Law, Pope Tells Congregation
For Christians, laws must be subordinate to love, Pope Francis told his congregation at a morning Mass on October 31.

Autism Group Slams Decision Allowing Mother To Kill Her Disabled Daughter
The euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice, a severely disabled child who was not dying has made international waves with disability advocates especially outraged. Nancy’s mother had requested that her daughter be killed and was granted approval by the British legal system. While the 12-year-old Nancy had significant disabilities, she was able to breathe on her own and did not require life support.

A Child Pauses At The Gates Of Hell
This weekend is the time to look to the saints for inspiration and help, and to pray for the living and the dead. But we don't need to go to Church to find the saints. There are many among us bravely fighting for justice and the rights of the abused and oppressed children, the suffering and the neglected.

Philippine Shelter For Street Kids Hit With Allegations Of Abuse
Many homeless children choose to stay on the streets of Manila rather than in government shelters, where rights groups say detainees are subject to abuse and maltreatment.

Aging Nuclear Power Plants
Of the 48 nuclear power reactors in Japan, four — the No. 1 reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga plant, the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Mihama plant and the No. 1 reactor at Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s Shimane plant — have already been in operation for more than 40 years, while three others — Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Kansai Electric’s Takahama plant and the No. 1 reactor at the Genkai plant of Kyushu Electric Power — will reach the 40-year mark in July 2016.

Boys, Porn And Education
Pornography is a destroyer of innocence, and the innocence proper to certain years of a boy’s life is an important factor in his education—especially if that education is informed by the classical pedagogies of wonder, imagination, and delight.

Scientific Review Recommends Informing Patients About Abortion-Breast Cancer Link, Risks Of Birth Control Pills And Menopausal Therapy
A second scientific review in 2014 has strongly urged physicians to warn patients about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link before an abortion and argued the evidence for a cause-effect relationship is substantial. A. Patrick Schneider and his colleagues authored the latest review entitled, "The breast cancer epidemic: 10 facts," for the journal, The Linacre Quarterly.

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Chinese journalist shocked at conditions for elderly

Shannon Roberts
A visit to the hospice in China where her father was recently moved left her shocked at the conditions for those who did not have family to sit with and look after them, and worried about the dignity of the elderly in China in general - even more so given the increase in the elderly population to come.

New! Abortion Is Great? For Whom?

Steve Soukup
The Pro-Choice movement is unhappy. Those who support abortion "rights" feel the game slipping away from them. They fought so hard and accomplished so much. Now they see the other side winning.

New! Abortion in Contemporary Literature:
Life-Affirming Messages in Fiction and Films and Public Policy Implications

Jeff J. Koloze
What many in the technologically-saturated contemporary culture may not realize is that the traditional literary forms - books and other publications - still have a powerful influence on the culture. This paper argues a more radical and specific position regarding the connection between reading tastes and political opinion. The effect of contemporary literature on Americans' positions on a controversial issue like abortion may be not only grossly overstated, but also a significant factor in the increasing number of Americans who identify themselves as pro-life.

Plastinated people
Is it offensive to human dignity to display naked corpses posed like shop-window mannequins?

Michael Cook
Human dignity is a motherhood concept like freedom of speech or the brotherhood of man. It's great for padding out politicians' speeches. But what happens when it conflicts with another motherhood concept, autonomy, the ability to make free and independent decisions?

Population growth: doom or necessity?

Marcus Roberts
I came across a very interesting article from the New Yorker the other day. (As an aside, isn't the ability to find pretty much any information you want on the internet just amazing! We take it for granted now, but really the amount of information and knowledge we have at our fingertips would have been unthinkable for most people only 15-20 years ago...)

Babies as enemies: Planned Parenthood's sterile sexuality dehumanizes preborn

Rita Diller
It is time to step back and realize that we have to begin at the beginning. If we really want to get to the crux of what it will take to win this battle for legal protection for all members of the human family, we have to address man's current attitudes toward sexuality that holds sterility - not fertility - as the goal.

'Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity

Matt C. Abbott
The following is the prologue to Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, by Anthony Esolen. Thanks to Saint Benedict Press for giving me permission to publish this excerpt in my column.

On Being a Man - and a Woman

Douglas P. McManaman
Young people today have no heroes. That is why young males have no idea what it means to be a man, and few females have any idea what it means to be a woman. But there is no topic that seems to captivate them more than the subject of male and female differences, because insights here seem to provide them with clues about what it really means to be a man and a woman.