Vatican Conference Presents Disturbing Lineup of Speakers

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / May 3, 2021 /
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“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” ─ Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, no. 41 Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly warned against the temptation to make the Church into just another non-profit organization. The Church, he…

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Trump’s Leadership in the International Fight for Life

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 10, 2020 /

Pro-life leaders everywhere agree that the sheer amount of pro-life activity undertaken by the Trump administration has far exceeded all expectations. However, what I find remarkable is that this activity includes initiatives that won’t grab big headlines in the media, but that are having a dramatically positive impact on the ground. These sorts of pro-life…

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Contraception and Challenges of False Compassion

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / February 12, 2018 /

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…

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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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HLI Makes Pro-Life List with New Vatican Dicastery

By HLI Staff / August 11, 2017 /
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The new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in Rome has published a list of thirteen pro-life websites. 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 duties of the Holy…

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

By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet / March 19, 2017 /

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…

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Advocate of Forced Abortion and Sterilization Invited to Vatican

By HLI Staff / January 19, 2017 /

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…

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The Economic Impact of Abortion

By HLI Staff / March 5, 2015 /
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(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…

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