Leadership and Virtue

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. —Aristotle Archibald MacNeal Willard’s famous 1875 painting “The Spirit of ‘76” captured for many the spirit of the American Revolution as the nation prepared to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The phrase has remained common parlance, conjuring . . . Read more

Review: “Conscience Objection as a Fundamental Human Right”

Review: The Conscience Objection as Fundamental Human Right: in Bioethics and Bioethical Law (La Objeción de Conciencia como Derecho Humano Fundamental: en Material Bioetica y Bioderecho), Dr. Esteban Armando Kriskovich De Vargas, published by Libreria Editrice Vatican, 2015. Ambassador Esteban Kriskovich, PhD currently serves Paraguay as Ambassador to the Holy See, bringing to this valuable . . . Read more

Uruguay Court Upholds Conscience Rights of Medical Professionals

Until it was amended in 1964, the Hippocratic Oath taken by all medical professionals around the world included the promise that “I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child.” In October 2012, the Parliament of Uruguay decriminalized abortion for the first trimester of the pregnancy; . . . Read more

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 are guided by the tenets . . . Read more

The British Supreme Court Blundered in Scottish Midwives Case

It had the makings of a great and inspirational movie until the final scene. Two fearless Scottish midwives take on the government bureaucracy of the National Health Service and the powerful hospital that employs them on a matter of the highest principle. Our heroes, the perfectly-named Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood, scrape together the funds . . . Read more

A Catholic Obligation to Vote November 4

“We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the Culture of Life. Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power.”  – United States Conference of . . . Read more