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Stand in Solidarity With the Elderly

Pontifical Academy calls us to stand in solidarity with the elderly and provide a Culture of Compassion. ( — The Pontifical Academy for Life held its annual assembly in March on the theme of end of life assistance to the elderly. While there are numerous Vatican documents and papal [...]

By |2019-06-21T18:02:52-04:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , , |

Silencing the Voices of the Faithful in Health Care

Religious liberty provides for the free exercise of one’s faith in every aspect of life. This freedom is far more extensive than merely having the freedom to attend the worship service of choice.  Truly living one’s faith means that family life, professional life, leisure activities, as well as spiritual practices [...]

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Eliminating the Impoverished Does Not Eliminate Poverty

From India to Affordable Care Act Contributor, Life Gets a Dollar Sign ( — On Nov. 8, 2014, Dr. R.K. Gupta set about performing tubal ligations on 80 women at a mass sterilization camp in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. He completed all the surgeries in less than six hours. Subsequently, [...]

By |2019-11-22T14:39:28-05:00December 18th, 2014|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , |

Down Syndrome Does Not Make Life Disposable

( — The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for September was, “That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.” This is such a timely prayer. In recent weeks there has been a steady drumbeat to dehumanize and marginalize those with mental challenges, especially [...]

By |2020-01-22T09:42:08-05:00October 20th, 2014|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , |

Authentic Compassion Does Not Include Assisted Suicide

( — The British Parliament is currently considering the legalization of assisted suicide. The act under consideration was introduced by Lord Falconer and eschews the term “suicide,” preferring instead the euphemism “assisted dying.” Under current British law outlined in the 1961 Suicide Act, it is a crime to encourage or assist [...]

By |2019-04-25T21:54:56-04:00August 27th, 2014|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , |

Helping Pope Francis Fight Human Trafficking

( — In April of this year the Vatican hosted the Conference on Combating Human Trafficking, bringing together both law enforcement professionals and social workers involved in the battle against the exploitation and commodification of vulnerable people. Pope Francis addressed the gathering and deplored human trafficking as, “an open wound on the [...]

By |2019-04-25T21:51:09-04:00July 29th, 2014|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |
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Be Not Afraid! St. John Paul II’s Key to Building a Culture of Life

( -- The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II offers an impetus to reflect on both his life and his papacy. The Pope’s leadership of the Catholic Church was exemplified by his signature phrase “Be not afraid!” Yet, what exactly was he exhorting the faithful to face without fear? [...]

By |2019-11-23T16:20:42-05:00May 28th, 2014|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , |
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Artificial Reproductive Technology: Constructing a Dystopia

( -- Both the 1932 novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and the 1997 science fiction movie “Gattaca” are classified as dystopias because they depict societies riddled with misery, tragedy, and a dehumanizing culture. Both attribute this decline in civilization to manipulations of human genetics and perversions of human [...]

By |2020-01-18T19:36:27-05:00May 1st, 2014|Categories: Reproductive Technology|Tags: , |

Abortion-Inducing Agents by Any Other Name Still Kill

( - Claims of politicians not withstanding, the point at which human life begins is settled science. At the moment of fertilization, when the sperm and ovum join, a totally new and unique human being is formed. This single-celled zygote has the full complement of human DNA and immediately begins [...]

By |2019-10-17T18:01:38-04:00November 21st, 2013|Categories: News and Commentary|Tags: , , , |