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Sanctity of Life

Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Frozen Embryos and the Utilitarian Gotcha

In recent news, science-fiction author Patrick S. Tomlinson has created what I call a Utilitarian Gotcha. By “gotcha”, I mean that however you answer the question, you’re supposed to lose: “If God is all-powerful, can He make a rock that He can’t lift?” You might have already heard of Tomlinson’s question as the “frozen embryos […]

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The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

October 30, AD2017 1 Comment
The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

Molly McCully Brown‘s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded is a magnificent collection of poems, depicting the experiences of profoundly disabled persons who, shunned by mainstream society, are institutionalized and hidden from view. These are people whose bodies fail them so thoroughly they seem less than human. For Brown, these profound disabilities reveal how […]

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The Goal of Modern Philanthropy: Eliminating the Disadvantages of Fertility

October 29, AD2017 11 Comments
The Goal of Modern Philanthropy: Eliminating the Disadvantages of Fertility

For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. — Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25 (Ignatius Bible) The most celebrated philanthropists in the world today — George Soros, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet — donate billions of […]

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This Present Darkness Cannot & Will Not Comprehend Christ Crucified

October 17, AD2017 2 Comments
This Present Darkness Cannot & Will Not  Comprehend Christ Crucified

Those in today’s present darkness cannot comprehend the crucified Savior. It is the same today as it was in the first century A.D., those who live in the darkness of evil cannot comprehend, they do not know, they do not “get” God on a cross; nor do they want to. Tenebrae Eam Non Comprehenderunt St. […]

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Why the Debate about Aborting Down Syndrome Babies Matters

October 8, AD2017 5 Comments
Why the Debate about Aborting Down Syndrome Babies Matters

Iceland aborts about 98% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome and averages under 2 babies born with Down’s a year. CBS recently featured Iceland as “the country where Down syndrome is disappearing,” and lauded how they have “virtually eliminate[d] Down syndrome.” Many pro-life groups quickly shot back that Iceland was boasting of no medical advance to […]

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Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

August 31, AD2017 3 Comments
Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates

  Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1935) History of Eugenics The Eugenics Movement was a potent political force in early 20th century […]

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Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

July 26, AD2017 8 Comments
Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as an observer. Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my husband and I posed questions before they were three and a half or […]

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Charlie Gard and Exercises in Medical Futility

July 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Charlie Gard and Exercises in Medical Futility

Since the time of Hippocrates, physicians have grappled with the issue of futile care. Medical futility is an ethical judgment of the potential for a therapeutic treatment to positively affect a seriously ill patient. Two kinds of medical futility are often distinguished: Quantitative futility, where the likelihood that an intervention will benefit the patient is […]

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Breastfeeding Is Not Immodest

June 2, AD2017 51 Comments
Breastfeeding Is Not Immodest

A friend who works for a Catholic apostolate recently shared with me that she was discouraged from breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter during training sessions. She isn’t the first Catholic woman who has shared this type of story with me, either. I’ve heard many anecdotes from mothers involved with Catholic ministry who were told they had to cover while nursing, […]

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Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

May 28, AD2017 7 Comments
Touch of Death: Contagion and Teen Suicide

Since Netflix began to air the series, 13 Reasons Why, the subject of suicide, particularly among adolescents, has become a prominent subject of conversation nationwide. The current statistics in the United States are grim. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the number of suicides in the United States is at its highest level in 30 years. Their 2016 report […]

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Living in the Paschal Mystery

May 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Living in the Paschal Mystery

Paschal Dad is still a bull of a man at 90 years of age. Manual labor and a strong work ethic have molded him into someone who could physically live another ten years. But he has a broken heart from years of disappointment, depression, and now, to cap it all off, dementia. He has regrets […]

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Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

April 30, AD2017 6 Comments
Dark Night or Spiritual Sloth?… Maybe Both!

I started off Lent with lofty plans on boosting my prayer life, a firm purpose of amendment to avoid sin and to fast. I failed miserably on every level, sinking into the comforting thought that I am simply enduring the dark night of the soul. I reasoned that I am experiencing what St. John of […]

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The New Pro-Life Generation: Breaking Through The Apathy

April 27, AD2017 7 Comments
The New Pro-Life Generation: Breaking Through The Apathy

College is a time of discovery, the search for truth, and the pursuit of happiness. It is this constant search that leads many individuals to parties, to different spiritualities, and, for many, to a deeper relationship with Christ. A Pro-Life Week The week of March 26, 2017, marked the beginning of an eventful week on […]

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Adoption: Loving Option or Greatest Evil?

April 27, AD2017 11 Comments
Adoption: Loving Option or Greatest Evil?

To a pro-life advocate, adoption should be a self-evident solution to a tragic problem.  Yet, of the three choices presented to a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy–adoption, parenting the baby, or abortion –adoption is far and away the least frequent choice. According to the Guttmacher Institute (2011), there were 2.8 million unintended pregnancies in the United States. Of those, 1.2 […]

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A Brave, New, Down Syndrome Free World

March 28, AD2017 8 Comments
A Brave, New, Down Syndrome Free World

In September 2013, Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Human Rights and Family Institute (C-FAM), wrote a poignant letter to subscribers entitled, “You Can Smell the Devil Breath.” It concerned persons with Down syndrome (DS).  He lamented that up to 90% of unborn children with DS were aborted. Ruse believed there was only one possible explanation for this appalling truth. These […]

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Lives Interrupted: Six Women and Abortion

March 21, AD2017 0 Comments
Lives Interrupted: Six Women and Abortion

Every abortion is different, but the killing of a living child in its mother’s womb is never a trivial thing. The stories I’m going to tell you here are about women I’ve known personally who aborted one or more of their children. It’s time to state in public what abortion is really like from the […]

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Suicide, Divine Mercy and Gregorian Masses

March 10, AD2017 6 Comments
Suicide, Divine Mercy and Gregorian Masses

According to the New York Times, suicide rates are at their highest level in 30 years.  I have rarely come across a person these days who has not been touched by a friend or a family member who has committed suicide.  While there are many reasons for suicide, that is a topic for another article.  […]

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 8, AD2017 10 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

(One of our editors wanted to write about eating disorders and Lent. However, we remembered Anna Rose Meads gave a great explanation two years ago about why fasting from food is a huge “NO” for people suffering from eating disorders)  The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is […]

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The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

February 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

A war is brewing in the Philippines. And it is not a war of guns (although, much of the cause of this brewing war has been the indiscriminate death of some Filipinos). The brewing war is a battle for the minds and hearts of Filipinos regarding the right way to combat the rising drug problem […]

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Euthanasia and the Betrayal of Covenant

February 5, AD2017 2 Comments
Euthanasia and the Betrayal of Covenant

Thomas Hobbes described the state of nature as a war of all against all, in which life was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”  In nature no one is exempt from the threat of death, even the strongest needs to sleep and so at some time is vulnerable. Therefore each and every one of us […]

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Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

January 23, AD2017 15 Comments
Go Ahead Rachel, Weep

 A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they are no more. Matthew 2:18 Yesterday, January 22, 2017, was the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Later this week hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington to express their ongoing […]

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Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

December 13, AD2016 10 Comments
Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

By the time I was pregnant with my sixth child, I was desperate to find a supportive family doctor and obstetrician. Four of my five children had been delivered by Dr. Leslie E.,  a brilliant, strong feminist.  As a mother of a growing family, I was an enigma to her as she was to me. […]

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PostPersons

December 11, AD2016 2 Comments
PostPersons

In 1970, if someone in America would have told you that all the laws against abortion in all the states (but two) would be overturned and nullified by seven men on the United States Supreme Court, with no reliance on accepted principles of jurisprudence and Supreme Court precedents, you would have laughed. Then, in 1973,  there […]

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Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

December 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Terrorism, The Sanctity of Life, and Mercy

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania. and Washington D.C shocked the world. We will never forget exactly where we were when it occurred. I had an opportunity recently to view a documentary on the September 11th attacks and it triggered reflections on the value our lives hold in the eyes of God.  […]

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