Jerry Novotny OMI
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January 27, 2023

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Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2022, Killing 44 Million People
More human beings died in abortions than any other cause of death in 2022.

"The Chosen" Actor Jonathan Roumie: Abortion is Satanic, But God Will Win the Final Battle
Actor Jonathan Roumie from the enormously popular Christian series "The Chosen" spoke Friday about the spiritual battle being waged in America today over the right to life.

Canada leads the world in organ donation euthanasia
Canada legalised euthanasia in 2016, long after Belgium and the Netherlands, but it is already the world leader in organ donation euthanasia.

Why Abortion Restrictions Won't Harm Women's Health
Today, many of those within the Church who feel uncertain about banning abortion often cite concerns that such bans will harm the overall quality of women's healthcare. But my experience in Kenya has shown me what high-quality, lifesaving reproductive healthcare requires--and it does not include elective abortion.

They Put Me in a Toxic Solution for Five Days to Kill Me in an Abortion, Miraculously I Survived
Babies who survive abortions aren't typically partially delivered and killed. More typical is that they survive chemical abortions in the first trimester. They survive surgical abortions in the second trimester that may leave them with significant wounds found upon delivery, as was the case for survivor Hope Hoffman.

Woman Who Was Raped But Refused Abortion: "Babies are Babies No Matter How They're Conceived"
Jacqueline McClain stood on the sidewalk with her pink sign and a smile as thousands of people walked by Friday at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

How Not to Regulate Pediatric Gender Medicine
State efforts to restrict the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries to address (apparent) gender-related distress in youth make for good public policy. Yet even lawmakers on the morally and scientifically correct side of an issue risk overstepping by unintentionally proposing harmful or strategically counterproductive regulations. We write to warn of three such mistaken efforts.

Dobbs Dealt a Blow to the Supply Side of Abortion; Now Pro-Lifers Should Focus on the Demand Side
Going forward, pro-lifers need to emphasize compassionate approaches that can reduce demand for abortions. Prime among them: pregnancy resource centers that offer free material, psychological, and spiritual help to women (and men) in need. They provide 3D or 4D ultrasounds so pregnant women and the fathers of their unborn children can make an informed choice, and they provide a new support community for women when their old one has rejected them. They don't abandon women who choose abortion, and instead offer post-abortion counseling.

The Weird New Era of Abortion Debate
In this new moment after Roe, there needs to be an examination of our national conscience. Why is abortion so commonplace? Why is it considered freedom and health care when it's often posited as the only solution, with no consideration of other options for women? There are very hard cases and painful sufferings. Most abortions in America do not involve horrific stories that necessitate babies being born alive in the latest stages of pregnancy - most abortions are birth control.

Baby Born at 25 Weeks Heads Home for Christmas After Miracle Recovery
A baby, born weighing just 750g, who had to spend 102 days in hospital is now big enough and strong enough to spend her first Christmas at home with her family.

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Is God really Silent?

Ukrainian authorities say over 400 hundred children have been killed and many more injured since the start of Russia?s invasion nearly eight months ago. Among the many victims of the deadliest conflict since World War II are these small children for whom life has just begun. According to the news this morning, Russia has raised the level of unmerciful destruction. The military is hitting Ukraine with a wave of attacks, dive-bombing the capital, Kyiv, with Iranian-made "kamikaze drones". These massive strikes have cut the electricity in hundreds of towns and villages causing blackouts and much fear with winter approaching. We are facing a new type of war, nuclear countries with nuclear weapons attacking or intimidating smaller non-nuclear countries. In the midst of this conflict which we view daily on TV and read in newspapers, we wonder where God is. Does He really care? Why does He allow this to happen? Just when we feel we need God the most, it seems as though He is further away than ever. Why is He silent? Continue reading at Fr. Jerry's Blog...

Ethical Perspectives

New! The Unfolding and Unsettling of Vatican II

William Dailey
George Weigel's book on the meaning and legacy of Vatican II is persuasive as a history of ideas, but in focusing on context and content it seems to miss the sense in which the Council is an unfolding event that calls Catholics to encounter Christ and walk away changed and challenged.

New! Catholic Teaching on Jews and Judaism

Robert P. George
Faithful Catholics will affirm, with the Second Vatican Council and with the papal magisterium, that the Jewish people are indeed "the good olive tree onto which the wild shoot of the Gentiles has been grafted," that God's original Covenant with his chosen people is unbroken and unbreakable, that our bond with the Jewish people is a spiritual bond, rooted in a common spiritual patrimony, and that our Jewish neighbors are indeed our brothers and sisters in faith.

New! Japanese PM says that his country is falling off a demographic cliff

Michael Cook
Japan's Prime Minister has warned that his country will fall over an economic and social cliff unless it manages to reverse its population decline. "Our country is on the brink of being unable to maintain the functions of society," said Fumio Kishida.

New! The 50th March For Life Was Historic

Steven Mosher
A hundred thousand joyous pro-lifers filled the streets of Washington last Friday to join in the fiftieth annual March for Life. Since 1974 generation after generation of pro-lifers had marched, determined to bring abortion in America to an end. Reversing the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade was priority number one. It took 49 years, but last June the Court handed down the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision. Our goal had been achieved, and we had every right to celebrate.

"I am fearfully, wonderfully made"

Michael D. Pfeifer
That the precious unborn children of God are truly human beings, persons, has been our Catholic belief for ages. The value of human life must be truly great for the son of God to make it the instrument of our salvation. Human life as a gift from God is sacred and inviolable. May we commit ourselves to Christ and his mother with urgent prayer, fasting, dialogue and pastoral action so that our country and every state will uphold the dignity of each unborn child.

Transplants From Murder Victims: Diverging Definitions of "Brain Death"

E. Christian Brugger
Recall the pope says that death consists in the "disintegration of that unity and integrated whole that is the personal self" (no. 4), and that we can identify biological signs that follow upon the disintegration. It seems to follow that an apparent absence of certain biological signs of somatic (bodily) disintegration can raise reasonable doubts as to whether death has occurred. ... Does this judgment of the reliability of the neurological ("whole brain death") standard for ascertaining human death and so for securing moral certitude constitute, properly speaking, an authoritative teaching of the Magisterium?

Euphemisms Have Consequences

E. Christian Brugger
Because of that irritating and self-reasserting problem of natural human equality, eugenicists always feel obliged to explain why the unlucky victims of their initiatives are unfit for the protections they themselves enjoy. Karen Lebacqz, for example, is happy to affirm the intrinsic value of the embryo, a value, she says, that is not dependent on utilitarian calculations: "respect sees a value in itself beyond usefulness." Nevertheless, because that value is inferior to fully human value, "such an entity can be used in research and can even be killed. To do so is not in itself disrespectful".

The Unseen Pain behind 'Gay Marriage'

John Stonestreet
To make the case for same-sex marriage, advocates tell a lot of stories. But some stories are not being told, and they're important too. I'll explain.

"A Winter's Promise" and woke psychology

Daniel Bernardus
Can reading a young adult fantasy novel help us to understand the condition of the Western mind? After reading A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos, I am convinced that it can. It helped me understand how a post-Christian civilisation can become inclined to "wokeness".

Fighting to Live Versus Dying to Die:
U.S. Bishops Challenge the Right-to-Die Movement

E. Christian Brugger
Activists organized themselves in the 1930s around the former Protestant minister Charles Potter (who first abandoned the Baptist and then the Unitarian church because both were too conservative), and formed the Euthanasia Society of America. The movement remained on the social fringe until the 1970s, when the case of Karen Ann Quinlan mobilized its energies.

Obamacare: a poor deal for my family

Robert Hutchinson
One middleclass family crunches the numbers and finds Obamacare costs more and offers less.

The Turkey Vulture Scandal

Judie Brown
Though the Los Angeles Times reported on deceased turkey vultures, it has not reported that abortion facilities in Texas are arguing in court right now that the law should protect their practice of dismembering preborn babies.

UN debates use of killer robots

Michael Cook
The ethics of using killer robots is adding a new subspeciality to bioethics. This week the United Nations Human Rights Council debated the use of lethal autonomous robots in Geneva. UN special rapporteur Christof Heyns, a South African legal expert, called for a moratorium while legal and ethical issues are knotted out.

US public and scientists see world through different glasses

Michael Cook
Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Forgetting the Holocaust

Eric Metaxas
In the 1930s and 40s, six million Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis. But amazingly, this would be news to many among us.