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

By Adolfo J. Castañeda / August 18, 2021 /
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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 Later articles in this series: Part IX: The Church’s Teaching Authority Part X: Principles of Humanae Vitae   What Authority…

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Isn’t Abortion a Legal, Constitutional and Human Right?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 2, 2021 /

  After his ignoble disgrace, Satan was being expelled from Heaven. As he passed through the Gates, he paused a moment in thought, and turned to God and said, “A new creature called Man, I hear, is soon to be created.” “This is true,” He replied. “He will need laws,” said the Demon slyly. “What!…

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Abortion is Never a Human Right

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / April 29, 2021 /
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How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practised: some individuals are held to be deserving of defence and others are denied that dignity? ─ Pope…

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Spiritual Shepherds Must Correct False Freedoms

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 22, 2021 /

Something very odd happens whenever a spiritual leader publicly defends some unpopular moral principle. Inevitably, people react with outrage, accusing the spiritual leader of restricting their “freedom,” and telling them to mind their own business. When, for instance, a Catholic bishop publicly reprimands a pro-abortion Catholic politician for his or her position, the politician and…

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Crisis of Truth, Crisis of Freedom

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / January 18, 2021 /

Without sounding like a radical conspiracist, we in the United States are dancing precariously on the edge of a knife. The events that unfolded on January 6 at the Capitol in Washington have given the tech giants – Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, and Google – the excuse they need to begin purging personalities and opinions…

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A Christian Vision of Society and Civilization of Love

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / October 19, 2020 /

“Laws which authorize and promote abortion and euthanasia are…radically opposed not only to the good of the individual but also to the common good; as such they are completely lacking in authentic juridical validity. Disregard for the right to life, precisely because it leads to the killing of the person whom society exists to serve,…

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Ordinary and Extraordinary Means of Treatment

By Brian Clowes, PhD / September 2, 2020 /
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When preparing our own advance medical directives, or when assisting others to do so, it is critically important for us to know precisely where ordinary means of treatment end and extraordinary means begin. Pro‑euthanasia groups have made a lot of progress by lodging in the public mind the specter of power‑hungry doctors “playing God” and…

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Is There a Right to a Child?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / August 21, 2020 /
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The goal to be a father, to be a mother, is a human right. An absolute human right. ~Italian infertility specialist Severino Antinori.1   God bestowed men and women with an innate desire to procreate and to nurture their children. This is one of the most fundamental instincts of all, shared by all of God’s…

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Introduction to the Fight over Homosexuality

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 28, 2020 /
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“Evil may have its day, but to God go the weeks and the years. It must ever be so.” ~Father Eugene Fahy, S.J.   When the battle over contraception began in earnest in the 1920s, virtually all Christians decided to “sit it out,” reasoning that birth control would not affect them personally. When the abortion…

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Is Nazi Euthanasia Resurfacing in the U.S.?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 24, 2020 /
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The Hippocratic Oath … is an honorable historical document, which, however, does not altogether fit present times. If it is to be applied today, the wording has to be changed very extensively, and in these reformulations a series of new oaths have been drawn up which have only a vague relationship to the ancient Hippocratic…

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