Clear Thinking About Crucial Issues

Dear Friends,

There are crucial issues that face us today: abortion, aids, bioethics, birth control, when life begins, population concerns, post-abortion healing, etc. But far too often our public debates are long on emotion and short on clear thinking. Along the way, respect for the dignity of human life gets lost in the rhetoric. Our purpose is to promote a “Culture of Life” in which human freedom will find its authentic meaning by joining forces with truth, life and love. This culture “needs new lifestyles which will show respect for the dignity of every individual, especially the weakest, and which will recognize the value of human sexuality in the development of the person.” (Evangelium Vitae)

This website hopes to help change the present situation by providing clear thinking about these most crucial issues. The project was started on September 1st, 2000. We are blessed by the support of serious scholars and good people who are donating their writings. We hope that Oblates and interested visitors will feel inspired to contribute their own well–reasoned writings and research papers.


We are committed to being as accessible to as many different visitors as possible, including people with various disabilities. We support and follow the Accessibilty Guidelines drafted by the Web Accessability Initiative of the W3C. We invite all responses to the site and are especially interesed in hearing from visitors using assistive technologies such as screen and braille readers.


The Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate are a group of Catholic Priests and Brothers who belong to The Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (0MI). They strive to bring all people — especially the poor — to full consciousness of their dignity as human beings. They try to hear and make heard the clamour of the voiceless. Action for justice is an integral part of their work, trying to change all that is a cause of oppression and poverty. In this way, they share in creating a society which recognizes the dignity of the human person from its very beginning to its very end.

Your comments, ideas and materials are essential to the success of this project. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

—Editor: Jerry Novotny, OMI