Overcoming Infertility–The Catholic Way

By Susan Ciancio / May 13, 2022 /
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One of the most amazing gifts of a marriage is children. The excitement of a new life coming into the world cannot be matched by much. That’s why it’s so difficult, as a faithful people, to witness the sadness of couples who face infertility. With our country’s advances in technology, couples facing infertility have myriad…

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Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Which Methods Are Moral?

By Susan Ciancio / May 6, 2022 /
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The Catholic Church teaches that in vitro fertilization is immoral because it not only commodifies a person but also eliminates the marital act from that person’s creation. In addition, it can lead to the deaths of tiny preborn children when unwanted embryos are discarded or used for testing. This is a bitter pill to swallow…

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Using the Theology of the Body To Teach Chastity to Young Adult Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / April 29, 2022 /
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“The Theology of the Body (TOB) is pretty hard to understand for a lay person. How can I use it to have a conversation about human sexuality and chastity with my son or daughter who is already a young adult?” It is evident that the parent-child relationship takes a turn when the son or daughter…

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Male and Female Sterilization

By HLI Staff / April 22, 2022 /

“Blessed are the wombs that never bore.”   The End of Generation Sterilization is, in one sense, the epitome of anti-life activities, the crowning legacy of people like Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, and other eugenicists. This is because it fully achieves the end that those activists hoped for: removal of the generative capacities of human…

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How Rich is the Pro-Life Movement?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 23, 2022 /
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The Baseless Propaganda For decades, pro-abortionists have painted pro-lifers as a bunch of cruel, rich old white men intent upon controlling women’s bodies and lives (read or watch The Handmaid’s Tale for their depressing version of reality). Their websites and blogs repeat endlessly what Anne Nicol Gaylor alleged in her bizarre 1975 propaganda book Abortion…

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Responding to Same-Sex Attraction as a Catholic Parent

By Susan Ciancio / March 18, 2022 /
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Navigating our children’s emotional, spiritual, and mental health is a huge part of parenting. It’s a responsibility that most do not take lightly. And when our children hurt in any way, we also hurt. That empathy is part of the immense love that parents have for offspring. When we see our children hurting, we want…

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Using the Theology of the Body to Teach Chastity to Your Teenage Children

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / March 16, 2022 /
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Our world is saturated and infatuated with sex. We see scantily-clad women on billboards and on TV advertisements. We see ads on TV for birth control pills, for IUDs, and for the little blue pill for men. We hear about sex in song lyrics, in jokes on TV, and in the news. It’s no wonder…

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Is AIDS a “Gay” Disease?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 9, 2022 /
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“HIV is a gay disease.” This is a myth that refuses to die. Misinformation, fear, ignorance and media sensationalism continue to fuel this myth in America. For every one person like me trying to tell the truth about HIV transmission, there seems to be a dozen shrieking, simpleminded, natural-born dullards with a staggering inability to…

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Does Legalizing Abortion Stop Filthy, Back-Alley Abortions?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 4, 2022 /

Why All the Talk about Back-Alley Abortions? Before Roe v. Wade led to the widespread legalization of abortion, pro-abortion activists had a problem. The procedure was viewed with extraordinary negativity, and statistics did not back up their various arguments for legalizing abortion. Recognizing that abortion itself was unpalatable to the public, they resorted to a…

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Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5: The Change in Terminology

By Susan Ciancio / February 25, 2022 /
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The word dysphoria means “a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied.” Gender dysphoria occurs when a person feels a persistent incongruence or disconnect between their biological sex and the one they identify with. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published its latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—the DSM-5.…

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Shouldn’t We Permit Abortion Only to Save the Life of the Mother?

By Brian Clowes, PhD | February 18, 2022 |

Abortion is completely legal in more than one hundred nations. In almost every case, population controllers first drove in the ultra-thin wedge of allowing abortion when the mother’s life is in danger. This is a brilliant strategy for two reasons. First, abortionists can easily stretch any law, no matter how strict or precisely written, into…

Condoms: Little-Known Facts

By HLI Staff | February 11, 2022 |

The use of condoms is considered normal, almost compulsory, for many people engaging in sex today, whether married or unmarried. Of course, pro-lifers and Catholics oppose this unnatural device on the moral level. It not only disrupts the mechanism of transmitting human life in the most direct way possible; it also encourages promiscuity with false…

How Many People are Homosexuals?

By Brian Clowes, PhD | February 2, 2022 |

Homosexuality is one in 10. It’s one in 10 on the football team. It’s one in 10 on the baseball team. It’s one in 10 on the softball team. It’s one in 10 on the basketball team. Those are facts. ~Homosexual activist Pat Griffin1   One of the most persuasive arguments that homosexual activists use…

Helping Christians with Porn Addictions

By Susan Ciancio | January 28, 2022 |

We all have something about ourselves that we don’t like, that we want to change, or that we’re embarrassed about. That’s just part of life. But there are sins that threaten to swallow us, that seek to absorb us, and that change the person we were meant to be. Those sins often lead to guilt…

Visualizing Abortion Statistics: Who’s Being Killed and Why?

By Brian Clowes, PhD | January 26, 2022 |

Yale professor Edward Tufte is an information guru. He travels the world teaching people the art of “data visualization,” or how to most effectively present the power and the beauty of evidence. His work highlights the fact that the battle over social issues is largely one of images that activists from all sides attempt to…

Does Abortion Reduce Welfare Costs?

By Brian Clowes, PhD | January 12, 2022 |

Supporters of abortion tend to lack foresight and misunderstand human nature. These defects inevitably lead to many cases of the “law of unintended consequences.” One example of this lack of foresight is the claim that when the government pays for a poor woman’s abortion, it saves money by avoiding delivery and welfare costs. In fact,…

Are Aborted Fetuses Used in Cosmetics?

By Brian Clowes, PhD | January 7, 2022 |

From time to time we hear stories alleging that American abortion mills are selling aborted babies to major cosmetic companies so that they may be “rendered” for their collagen, the main protein component of connective tissue. This rumor is persistent and seems to have a life of its own, but as of this writing, we…

Abortifacient Brief: The Intrauterine Device

By Brian Clowes, PhD | January 5, 2022 |

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a foreign body inserted into the uterus. IUDs are made of a non‑reactive plastic such as polyethylene and may include active chemicals or elements such as progesterone or copper which slowly diffuse into the uterus over a period of several years.   Is the IUD Abortifacient? Short answer: sometimes. The…

Family and the Theology of the Body

By Susan Ciancio | December 29, 2021 |

Over the course of 129 general audiences—from September 5, 1979, through November 28, 1984—Pope John Paul II taught about God’s love, our relationship with Him and with others, and God’s desire to watch us grow in love and fullness with Him. This collection of papal addresses is now known as the Theology of the Body.…

The Teaching of the Prophetic Encyclical Humanae Vitae (Part XIII)

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | December 22, 2021 |

Previous articles in this series: Part I: Introduction to Humanae Vitae Part II: The Predictions of Humanae Vitae Part III: The First Prophecy Part IV: The Second Prophecy Part V: The Third Prophecy Part VI: The Fourth Prophecy Part VII: Modernity’s Challenges to Humanae Vitae Part VIII: The Church’s Right to Teach on Birth Control Part IX: The Church’s Teaching Authority Part X: Principles of Humanae Vitae Part XI:…