Parental Rights Under Attack

Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them; hence they must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children… Parents have the right to educate their children in conformity with their moral and religious convictions… Parents have the right to freely . . . Read more

Swiss Organ Donation Controversially Redefined

Organ Donation Highly Controversial This week a Swiss law redefining organ donation went into effect. The change, criticized by Human Life International Switzerland, the Union of Catholic Swiss Physicians, the Swiss Hippocratic Society and the Swiss Society for Bioethics, redefines clinical death as occurring after a mere five minutes. This issue is as much a . . . Read more

Euthanasia Deaths Rising in the Netherlands…Again

Over 7,000 To Die of Euthanasia in 2018 Recently the left-wing Guardian newspaper alleged that Dutch euthanasia deaths are anticipated to rise 67 percent from just five years ago. The paper states the Levenseindekliniek, the only Dutch hospital specializing in euthanasia, expects to have to hire more than 100 new doctors to keep up with . . . Read more

HLI Congress Held as Humanae Vitae Nears Half Century

Humanae Vitae Turns 50 in 2018 “The unchangeable teaching of the Church is under unprecedented attack today.” – John Smeaton (SPUC) Starting with the entire assembly singing Veni Creator Spiritus, the “Voice of the Family” (VOF) coalition opened its October 28th symposium at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, the Angelicum, in Rome. Co-sponsored by Human . . . Read more

Irish Threat to Pro-Life Counseling Centers

Update: 11/17/2017 Attempts to Undermine Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedom of Conscience HLI Ireland reported that Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament in Dublin, would debate a bill Wednesday, November 14, 2017, aimed at shutting down pregnancy pro-life counseling networks. The proposed change is to section 4(1) of the Principal Act. Deputy Louise O’Reilly of Sinn Féin, . . . Read more

The Gospel, Doctrine and Pastoral Care

“There is no contradiction between the Gospel, doctrine and the pastoral care of God’s people.” Over the last few weeks I have addressed some very sensitive topics in my weekly column, which many found challenging. I have received numerous emails questioning what some call a “harsh” and insensitive position concerning “sinners.” In particular, last week’s . . . Read more

HLI Supports Revival of Catholic Bioethics

The FIBIP, a Name in Catholic Bioethics Curiously, perhaps the most important event at the recently concluded general assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life in October was a momentous board meeting of FIBIP. What is FIBIP you may well ask? The Federazione Internazionale di Centri e Istituti di Bioetica di Ispirazione Personalista (International Federation . . . Read more

Defending the Truth about Marriage and Family

Ever since St. John Paul II created the World Meeting of Families in 1994, the tri-annual event has served as a powerful celebration of the Catholic Church’s teachings on the nature and value of the family. That’s why I was so distressed to hear about the confusing information included in the newly-released parish program for . . . Read more

St. Gerard Majella Meets Savita Halappanavar

Remembering Savita Halapannavar The Catholic Church commemorates the dead throughout the month of November. As the prayer reads, “Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. ” It is an apt time to recall the sad passing of those who have gone before, including 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar. A week ago . . . Read more

Unstoppable Ugandan Father Jonathan Opio

HLI Ugandan Mission Hits the Road It is said of postal workers: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” But they have nothing on HLI Affiliate Director for this Ugandan mission, Father Jonathan Opio. With HLI since 2010, his Ugandan mission is . . . Read more