Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body Part I

By Fr. Peter West / May 10, 2013 /
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Polls show that most young people today, even those who identify themselves as Christians, have no problem with “same-sex marriage.” If young people today are at all aware of what the Catholic Church teaches about marriage and human sexuality, what they think they know is often only a caricature of the truth. They see it…

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Administration of Plan B Contraceptives to Victims of Rape

By HLI Staff / April 23, 2013 / Comments Off on Administration of Plan B Contraceptives to Victims of Rape
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May victims of rape be administered a “Plan B” (levonorgestrel-only) contraceptive? Catholic bishops, ethicists, and researchers have given a variety of answers to this question. Some forbid its use entirely, others permit it only after certain tests are done, still others allow it every time a victim of rape seeks care. This disparity in policy…

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Defending Marriage

By HLI Staff / March 18, 2013 / Comments Off on Defending Marriage

What is marriage and why is it important? Marriage, properly understood, is and has always been a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for life that is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. Arland K. Nichols: “The…

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The Story of St. Josephine Bakhita Being Replayed Today

By Fr. Peter West / March 16, 2012 /
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(Zenit.org) – When Josephine Bakhita died in 1947, thousands of Italians passed her funeral bier to pay respects to a simple woman who had achieved great renown for her kindness. To this day, the people of Schio, Italy, honor now-Saint Josephine, a former African slave, with the title “Nostra Madre Moretta,” which means “Our Black…

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Post-Abortion Support Groups: Find Healing After Abortion

By Susan Ciancio | September 21, 2022 |

In This Article: Stories of regret from post-abortive parents Stories of former abortionists 5 post-abortion support groups   Grief After Abortion In Planned Parenthood’s 2020-2021 Annual Report, the organization reports that it performed 383,460 abortions during that fiscal year. That’s almost 30,000 more abortions than in the previous fiscal year. For those of us who…

May Catholics Donate Organs?

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | September 16, 2022 |

Caleb Beaver died when he was 16 years old on Christmas Day 2011. His death was caused by a congenital malformation in his circulatory system that was never diagnosed. His parents were devastated. They decided to donate his heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and pancreas. Several months later, Caleb’s parents met the person who had received…

The Reality of Partial-Birth Abortion

By Susan Ciancio | August 23, 2022 |

For thousands of years, people have found ways to kill unwanted babies. From taking pills to tearing a child to pieces prior to birth to even throwing a baby off a cliff, it often seems that any method will do. Parents seek only the end result—being rid of the baby. All abortion is tragic because…

Ectopic Pregnancy: Dispelling Misinformation

By Susan Ciancio | August 12, 2022 |

Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, we have seen anger. We have seen violence. And we have seen the dispersal of all kinds of misinformation—most of it aimed at increasing rage and stirring up indignation. One of the pieces of misinformation spreading rapidly pertains to ectopic (literally, “out of…

Does Planned Parenthood Offer Prenatal Care?

By Emily Capps | August 5, 2022 |

How Many Planned Parenthood Clinics Offer Prenatal Care? Planned Parenthood’s website claims, “Only a small number of Planned Parenthood health centers offer the full range of prenatal care services,” though they do offer referrals. The truth is: Planned Parenthood rarely offers prenatal services—and certainly not a “full range” of them. A select few Planned Parenthood…

The Theology of the Body and the Spiritual Life

By Adolfo J. Castañeda | July 29, 2022 |

In this article we are going to approach the topic of the important role the body plays in our spiritual life. To accomplish this goal, we will treat the following topics: The sacramental life as a foundation for the role of the body in the life of prayer The liturgy of the Church as a…

Your Partner Wants You to Abort? You Have Other Options.

By Susan Ciancio | July 22, 2022 |

With the reversal of Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, we have been hearing the phrase “my body, my choice” much more loudly and much more frequently. I agree that a woman should have autonomy over her body. But, you see, when she’s pregnant with a baby—no matter which stage that baby is…

Abortion’s Twisted Relationship with Sexual Abuse

By William Lawyer | July 16, 2022 |

When it comes to helping victims of sexual abuse, abortion advocates present abortion as the only logical choice. They say it helps victims of rape, relieving their trauma and keeping them safe; some even go so far as to say that carrying the child would repeat the trauma the woman has already endured. Even some…

Are Condoms the Solution to STDs?

By Jenna McGuire | July 8, 2022 |

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that STIs are at all-time highs in recent years. For example, in 2009, about 25% of teenage girls had an STI, comprising almost 40% of those with “sexual experience.”1 A decade later in 2019, estimates were about the same.2 Total STI rates have reached record levels and are continuing…

How Effective Are Condoms Against Pregnancy?

By HLI Staff | July 1, 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 promises of…