Jerry Novotny OMI
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May 16, 2022

Breaking News

Interreligious meeting underscores need to protect family unity
Muslim scholars, Catholic, Jewish and Hindu leaders meet at a forum in Saudi Arabia to discuss common values and express shared commitments, at which Cardinal Parolin spoke in a video message and participants issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the forum outlining common commitments and goals.

Pope Francis: Low birth rate is a 'social emergency'
Pope Francis decried the low birth rate in Western countries on Thursday, describing it as an urgent social emergency and a "new poverty."

Freedom Is Rooted in Sanctity of Life
In 1955, an unmarried pregnant University of Wisconsin graduate student left her home and traveled to San Francisco to a doctor who took in unwed expectant mothers, delivered their babies, and helped arrange adoptions.

Pope's Migrants Day message: 'Better future must be built with foreigners'
Pope Francis releases his message for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, slated for 25 September, and says humanity must build our future with the help of people who have left their homes in search of a better life.

Diocese of Hong Kong extremely concerned about safety of Cardinal Zen
Cardinal Joseph Zen was arrested by Chinese authorities on charges of "colluding with foreign forces", and later released on bail, in connection with his role as administrator of a fund supporting pro-democracy protesters by covering legal and medical expenses.

So-called "Women's Health Protection Act" Failed to Pass Senate
The Democrats are desperate to keep abortion on demand. Not only would this bill codify Roe and create a conflict should Roe be overturned, but it would also nullify almost all the pro-life laws already on the books.

The Scandal of "Catholic" Joe Biden Continues
Joe Biden's statements continue to be a major problem for Americans and especially for Catholics.

Cardinal Zen arrested, released by Hong Kong police
Hong Kong's national security police released Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired archbishop of Hong Kong, May 11 after detaining him for allegedly colluding with foreign forces.

Biden Silent As Leftist Insurrection At Supreme Court Makes Justices Flee
President Joe Biden remained silent over the weekend as pro-abortion rioters threatened churches and terrorized Supreme Court justices.

Ukraine: Scores dead as Russia hits school
More than 60 people are feared dead after a Russian bomb reportedly hit a school in eastern Ukraine on Saturday. The attack came as diplomatic efforts were underway to evacuate wounded soldiers from a steel plant in Ukraine's devastated city of Mariupol.

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On the moral illicitness of the use of vaccines made from cells derived from aborted human fetuses

In recent weeks, news agencies and various information sources have reported that, in response to the Covid-19 emergency, some countries have produced vaccines using cell lines from aborted human fetuses. In the case of vaccines made from the cell lines of aborted human fetuses, we see a clear contradiction between the Catholic doctrine to categorically, and beyond the shadow of any doubt, reject abortion in all cases as a grave moral evil that cries out to heaven for vengeance (see Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 2268, n. 2270), and the practice of regarding vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines as morally acceptable in exceptional cases of "urgent needs? on the grounds of remote, passive, material cooperation. To argue that such vaccines can be morally licit if there is no alternative is in itself contradictory and cannot be acceptable for Catholics. Any link to the abortion process, even the most remote and implicit, will cast a shadow over the Church's duty to bear unwavering witness to the truth that abortion must be utterly rejected. The END cannot justify the MEANS. Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! Gender Dysphoria and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Walt Heyer
The way out of rushing to surgical interventions lies in acknowledging that transgender identification has deep roots in the psyche and evaluating gender distress through the lens of adverse childhood experiences

New! How Digital Media Helped Shape the "Modern Self"

Clare Morell
Are Big Tech and social media entirely to blame for the triumphs of the erotic, the therapeutic, and the transgender? Of course not. But there is no question the dominant social media companies have seriously contributed to these trends.

New! How China Is Taking Over Hollywood

Robert Carle
In 2020, China became the world's number one box-office market. For years, the Chinese Communist Party has been using this economic leverage to shape the content of American movies.

Atrocities in Ukraine torpedo efforts to end the war

Robert Hutchinson
The current conflict proves once again that In war, truth is the first casualty.

The One and Only Pro-Life Argument

Michael Stokes Paulsen
The focus of pro-life advocacy should always be on the fact that the unborn child is a human being, with a moral status equal to a born child, and not on distractions about social policy, sexual ethics, or other rights claims that overlook this biological reality.

Yes, Marriage Will Change--and Here's How

Mark Regnerus
The sexual permissiveness of men will emerge a winner in the contest of ideas as same-sex marital norms begin to shape the larger institution of marriage.

Three ways of dying

Michael Cook
This is about three women and death: one is Indian, one is Rwandan, and one is American. They come from very different cultures and they are dealing with the end of life in very different ways. One of them is particularly sorrowful -- but it is the shame that hurts, not the pain.

CIA waterboarding was illegal human experimentation: report

Michael Cook
For years now, the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program after 9/11 has been under fire for being torture. The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) says that it should also be framed as illegal and unethical human experimentation.

Does work make mothers happy?

Carolyn Moynihan
Yes, but caring for their young children makes them happier.

Genetics at the Supreme Court 2: the "genetic panopticon"

Xavier Symons
Earlier this month the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that DNA swabbing of people who have been arrested is constitutional.

Pray, Trust, Act, and Hope: An Easter Letter

Michael Stokes Paulsen
My prayer for all of you - for all of us - is that God would not only intervene dramatically to kill this virus, but also that, in the course of doing so, God might strengthen us in our faith and trust, and in our understanding of our ultimate dependence on Him for all of life.

"Virginity tests" unethical, says South African physician

Michael Cook
While virginity tests for unmarried women have been universally regarded as unethical in Western countries, the practice is spreading in immigrant communities.

Homophobia, masculinity, and violent young men

Zac Alstin
People who dissent from the narratives, constructs, and goals of the LGBT movement are increasingly liable to be labelled homophobic, and accused of fuelling the kinds of animosity and prejudice that motivate anti-gay violence. Such accusations reflect the increasing polarisation of the debate.

Infidelity is the key to a stable marriage?

Nicole M. King
While progressives and liberals argue that homosexual "marriages" or unions are no less stable than heterosexual marriages, even if they are right, the monogamy of such relationships might nonetheless differ. Recent research indicates that homosexual couples are more likely to be permissive of infidelity and open relationships.

Abortion a woman's choice? It wasn't for Judy Garland

Veronika Winkels
Coercion has a long history and is even more likely under new laws.