Contraception and Challenges of False Compassion

Troubling rumors have been swirling around Rome for months now about an alleged papal commission tasked with undertaking an “historical review” of Saint Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. Despite initial denials about the existence of the commission, it appears that a Vatican official has just confirmed that there is, in fact, such a commission . . . Read more

How the Church Must Respond to the Overpopulation Myth

“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 . . . Read more

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

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 . . . Read more

HLI Makes Pro-Life List with New Vatican Dicastery

The new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in Rome has published a list of thirteen pro-life websites (http://www.laityfamilylife. va/content/laityfamilylife/it/ sezione-vita/siti-web-pro- vita.html). Human Life International (HLI) is one of only two U.S. organizations mentioned. A dicastery is a department of the Roman Curia that assists the Holy Father in fulfilling the numerous pastoral and administrative . . . Read more

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

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 . . . Read more

Don’t Give in to Confusion, Make the Most of Lent

What an incredible gift is the penitential season of Lent. By embracing the small and not so small sufferings we unite ourselves with Christ in His Passion. We have the strength to do so because we know that Our Lord will not abandon His faithful. We know that He can transform any suffering offered in . . . Read more

Advocate of Forced Abortion and Sterilization Invited to Vatican

News has broken that Paul Ehrlich, a thoroughly discredited scientist and advocate of gross injustices against the poor, has been invited to speak at a Vatican conference in late February hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. For obvious reasons, this causes great concern to anyone who cares . . . Read more

The Economic Impact of Abortion

(Vatican Radio) — In his teaching on reaching out to the poor and the marginalized, Pope Francis has stressed that human dignity must not be sacrificed for profits. But some advocates of population control argue that abortion benefits the economy and the common good. At a conference in Rome on Thursday, Joseph Meaney, the Director . . . Read more

Prelude to a Persecution?

On Wednesday morning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding Observations concerning the Catholic Church’s treatment of children. In this widely-denounced document (see HLI’s statement here), the Committee chastises the Church for supposedly ignoring or refusing the rights of children. It called for the Church to amend Canon Law, . . . Read more

UN Committee Requests Changes in Catholic Moral Teaching

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2014 – CONTACT: Adam Cassandra 540-622-5230 – acassandra@hli.org FRONT ROYAL, Virginia –The “Concluding Observations” on the report of the Holy See released Wednesday by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child are a flagrant and egregious attack on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church, her right . . . Read more