Jerry Novotny OMI
May 24, 2013
Paying For College By Selling Yourself (or Your Eggs)
There is no doubt that higher education is costly. Textbooks alone can run $1,000 a semester for some undergraduates. Waiting tables and flipping burgers won’t cover those costs. With many parents just as strapped for cash as their children, how does one pay for a college diploma?
Women Suffer In Multiple Ways From Abortion, Reveals New Analysis Of Research
Legalized abortion is widely touted as beneficial to women, but a wealth of medical and psychological evidence suggests otherwise, according to a new analysis of decades of research.
British House Of Commons Passes 'gay Marriage' Bill With Overwhelming Support
“Saddening and damaging to the reputation of Parliament,” was what the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children called the 366 to 161 House of Commons vote on the government’s “gay marriage” bill last night.
Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Openly Gay Youths, Maintain Ban On Gay Adult Leaders
The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday ended its ban on openly gay youths but maintained a prohibition on gay adult leaders, a decision framed as a compromise but one that could lead to litigation and thousands of defections from one of America’s largest youth organizations.
Stealth Campaign Used To Push Abortion Drug Where It Is Illegal
While debates over abortion laws and international norms continue, a stealthy campaign is underway to gain universal acceptance for the tools and training to do abortions, whether legal or not.
Melinda Gates To Speak At Conference With Partial-Birth Abortionist
When Melinda Gates declared that family planning for poor women would be her signature issue, she named her campaign "No Controversy."
The Simple Defense For Marriage
The United Kingdom moved closer to being the latest nation to legislate in favor of same-sex "marriage" this week when it passed a bill allowing such ceremonies to take place in England and Wales.
Nine In 10 Children Born To Cohabiting Couples This Year Will See Parents Split By The Time They Are 16
Half of all children born this year will not be living with both natural parents when they reach their mid-teens, and almost all those who suffer family breakdown will be the children of unmarried parents, added the report.
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In my last brief, I summarized the chilling argument from the 2012 Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) defending the indefensible practice of killing infants after birth (so called "after birth abortion"). I described how the authors argue that neither fetuses nor newborns are persons and therefore can be treated in a subpersonal way (killed). And I noted that the May 2013 issue of the JME continues the appalling conversation over the legitimacy of infanticide.
When and how did you begin to exist? Or your children? Given the amazing advancements of science and medicine over the past 100 years, one would think that even the average person in the street -- even elementary school students -- would know the accurate scientific facts of their own reproduction by now. Why the confusion?
Ultimately, man's pride is the root cause of socialism, totalitarianism, imperialism and any other system of thought or power-seeking materialism that openly rejects God. If man rejects materialism and yet clings to his arrogant pride, he seeks the spiritual without humbling himself.
A Gentle Approach
Interacting With a Person Who is Semi-Conscious or Presumed in Coma
Over the past twenty years, I have had the privilege and challenge of working with several persons who were presumed to be semi-conscious or in coma. Although days, weeks or even months can go by without clear evidence of response from such a patient, I have personally witnessed or learned about spectacular improvements in certain patients who were wrongly judged "hopeless."
The dignity of the human person is what all Catholic teaching seeks to advance. We learn this first and most fruitfully in the "school of love", which is the family. We can't remove abortion and contraception from our priorities in Catholic social teaching anymore than we can forget about our duty to ensure proper food, clothing and shelter for children once they're born.
Personal, inspiring and compelling stories of fifteen courageous physicians who do not prescribe contraception.
The stories describe the failure of the writers' religious education that they received as children and adults from a variety of sources. After such Catholic instruction the should have well understood that contraception and sterilization were against moral law - but most of them did not until after they experienced the harmful effects of sterilization on their marriages and spiritual lives. At first I thought that they were not being honest with themselves and challenged them about this issue, but their responses remained consistent. They really hadn't known or understood what their Church taught.
A Michigan State University anthropologist from Bangladesh has published the first in-depth study describing the often horrific experiences of poor people who were victims of organ trafficking. Monir Moniruzzaman interviewed 33 kidney sellers in Bangladesh and found they typically didn't get the money they were promised and were plagued with serious health problems that prevented them from working, shame and depression.
In his speech at the University of Notre Dame, President Obama praised the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the patron saint (ahem) of Catholic dissenters and, it seems, pro-abortion non-Catholics as well. Oh, and those in their "seamless garments" seeking the proverbial "common ground."
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