Stating the Obvious: Robots are not Persons

By Dr. Joseph Meaney / March 6, 2019 /
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Robo Ethics: Humans Machines and Health The workshop of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 2019 engaged with a theme more typical of science fiction than for bioethics. It was pointed out that the word robot comes from the Slavic languages with the connotation of doing repetitive and unintelligent work. Experts in robotics brought in…

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HLI Congress Held as Humanae Vitae Nears Half Century

By HLI Staff / November 13, 2017 /
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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…

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HLI Meets with Pontifical Academy for Life

By HLI Staff / October 26, 2017 /
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PAV “Second to None” Defending Life On Thursday, October 26th, Human Life International (HLI) President, Father Shenan J. Boquet, met with His Excellency, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President for the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV).  Also present at the meeting from HLI were Father Francesco Giordano, Director of HLI’s Rome office, and Dr. Joseph Meaney, HLI’s…

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How the Church Must Respond to the Overpopulation Myth

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / September 23, 2017 /
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“The human person is man’s greatest resource.” There are two very important up-coming Vatican meetings we should pay close attention to: the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV), October 5-7, and the Pontifical Academy of Science (PAS), November 2-4. This will be the first time the PAV meets since Pope Francis inaugurated the Academy’s new statues…

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Cardinal Caffarra’s Final Message: “Faith, Hope, Fortitude”

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / September 16, 2017 /

It sorrows me to report that last week the Catholic Church lost a valiant defender of Life and Family, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. A renowned moral theologian, His Eminence was personally tasked by Saint Pope John Paul II with founding the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He also served…

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Is the Pro-Life Movement Too Obsessed with its Agenda?

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / July 29, 2017 /

This week I am writing to you from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the eastern coast of Africa, where Dr. Brian Clowes and I are participating in HLI’s Anglophone Regional Conference. Maybe you have seen a few of my posts on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We are meeting with seminarians, priests, religious, lay leaders, university…

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Why the Pontifical Academy for Life Must Be Unapologetically Pro-Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / June 27, 2017 /

An Anglican ethicist who believes abortion should be legal up to 18 weeks of pregnancy has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) by Pope Francis. Many pro-life activists are very unhappy with the appointment. Austen Ivereigh has argued that such concerns are fundamentally ideological, rather than moral. The appointment of Rev. Nigel…

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Stand in Solidarity With the Elderly

By Denise Hunnell, MD / April 14, 2015 /

( — The Pontifical Academy for Life held its annual assembly in March on the theme of end of life assistance to the elderly. While there are numerous Vatican documents and papal statements that address this issue, a renewed focus on the moral and ethical care of the elderly is both welcomed and needed. It…

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