Jerry Novotny OMI
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October 22, 2014

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CBS News Looks For 'LGBTQ Catholics,' Finds Schismatics Instead
Given the archdiocese's ban, a "Catholic" Mass celebrated for Dignity NY at an Episcopal church would necessarily be illicit and, de facto, schismatic. A story about this group represents one point of view in this story, of course. But it's bad journalism to inaccurately describe this flock's status and something it is not.

Raleigh Seminarian With Terminal Brain Cancer Responds To Brittany Maynard
Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness.

We Will Not Comply: California Forces Churches To Directly Fund Abortions
To the dismay of California's people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a "basic health service" under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions.

Women Suffer Appalling Abuse In China's 'black Jails'
Eighty percent of people held in China's unofficial detention centers, or "black jails," are female, and many suffer routine abuse at the hands of their captors, according to a report published on Tuesday by the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group.

Ex-ISU Scientist Offered Plea Deal In AIDS Fraud Case
[Note: See http://RetractionWatch.com for several excellent articles from scientists around the world arguing that, with the amount of scientific fraud that has increased exponentially recently, it is time to not only levy "professional" charges, but legal criminal charges as well -- especially when such fraudulent research is then used to produce drug models, used in patients in clinical trials, etc. -- DNI]

Cairo And Abortion
Abortion advocates didn’t get what they really wanted 20 years ago. They have not stopped trying.

Oppose Abortion Exceptions Because...
American Right To Life urges you to oppose every politician and law that permits "exceptions" to God's enduring command, Do not murder. Just like regulations do, exceptions backfire for many practical and moral reasons.

Welfare Reform Minister: Some Disabled People ‘not Worth’ Minimum Wag
Cameron says comments made by Lord Freud at Tory conference do not represent view of governmen

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Ethical Perspectives

New! Will egg freezing liberate women?

Mariam Zoll
Big corporations like Apple and Facebook are covering the cost of egg freezing for women employees.

New! Tangled Webs and History: Bioethics, Hastings Center, Eugenics, Gates, GMO's, Transhumanism

Dianne N. Irving
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" History, including the history of "bioethics", can help to untangle some of the massive sticky webs we find ourselves in today.

New! A Right to Euthanasia?

John Keown
For both principled and practical reasons, the Supreme Court of Canada should maintain the country's legal ban on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Reason and Compassion in the Marriage Debate

R. J. Snell
In their book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George draw our attention to the question that matters most in the marriage debate -- what marriage is -- and make a reasonable and compassionate argument for marriage as a one-man one-woman union.

Novel Proposals to Remedy Family Life

Anthony Zimmerman
When laws gently pressure the citizens and lawmakers with incentives and disincentives in the right places, our currently distorted family life should take on its more natural and beautiful shape again.

Are babies born moral?

Carolyn Moynihan
"Babies know the difference between good and evil at six months, study reveals". I guess many of us read a heading like this in our daily paper or online this week. Startling news. Here we were, thinking that the newborn babe is a tiny barbarian who needs to learn his first notions of right and wrong from his parents, when he actually arrives with an innate sense of morality. Or so it seems.

Apostolate to the Homosexual
by Ralph McInerny

The homosexual ideology invites argument and refutation. Such arguments are easily won. The case for homosexuality is about as strong as the case for necrophilia. But winning arguments is not the answer. The homosexual, like the rest of us, has to be turned toward Christ and the sacraments.

In death as in life only one thing remains

Tom Bartolomeo
In death as in life only one thing remains. Nothing changes - except we will know there is no turning back like an plane at lift-off without a return flight. The memory of where we have been will fade quickly as we anticipate the place of our arrival. The persons we were before we passed through the gates of the terminal will be the same persons we are after de-boarding the flight on our arrival like people passing from one room to another. Except for the sorrow of those we leave behind our lives will remain the same forever.