Must-see video: father documents newborn son’s short life

The background: When a couple learned their infant son would die soon after he was born, they decided to document his short life in a very special way. Twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Robbyn Blick learned that her unborn son had a fatal genetic abnormality known as Edwards syndrome. Many babies with the syndrome die [Read More...]

A shocking glimpse at a woman after an abortion: “She is a mother in grief”

Elizabeth Scalia captures something raw and revealing and awful in a pro-abortion video that has now gone viral: If you let yourself become distracted by what is coming from her mouth, you miss all that is revealed in her face, which tells the whole, and very different story. A month after the abortion — with the [Read More...]

Ahead of UN meeting, Holy See condemns “any form of torture, degrading treatment or punishment”

This statement was released by the Vatican Press Office today. How timely:   Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi, has issued a statement in which he emphasized the Holy See’s “strong commitment against any form of torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment”. The statement comes ahead of a [Read More...]

Resisting the throwaway culture

  Photo: Ed Wilkinson/The Tablet From Bishop Ed Scharfenberger’s weekly column in The Evangelist newspaper: Our defense of the value of each and every human life – from conception to natural death -is really about much more than drawing a line in the sand in the so-termed “culture wars.” It is not about taking sides. [Read More...]

“Botched”: the execution of Clayton Lockett

Horrifying:  A battle of political wills over Oklahoma’s secretive lethal-injection protocol turned into a gruesome scene of macabre theater Tuesday evening, as the state botched the execution of one inmate and halted that of another scheduled later in the night. The mishandling reflects the extraordinary and surreptitious lengths a handful of active death-penalty states are [Read More...]

Intrinsic evil: what the Catholic Church teaches about torture

Over the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Sarah Palin NRA comments, I’ve heard from many Catholics who are evidently unfamiliar with the church’s teaching on torture. Here’s one clear statement, from St. John Paul II, in his 1993 encyclical Veritatis Splendor:    80. Reason attests that there are objects of the human [Read More...]

“Sarah Palin’s statement should shock the conscience”—UPDATED

More commentary on last weekend’s remarks by Sarah Palin—this from canon lawyer Ed Peters:  Sarah Palin’s statement that, if she were in charge, “waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists” should shock the conscience… C. S. Lewis warns (I forget where exactly) about one’s glibly getting off, at God’s expense, one-liners that please the crowd but [Read More...]

What we have come to: model plans abortion so she can appear on reality show—UPDATED

From The New York Daily News:   A wannabe celebrity plans to have an abortion just so she can appear on a reality television program. Josie Cunningham, who got pregnant either working as a prostitute or through having sex with a soccer player, says being pregnant is ruining her chances of becoming famous on reality [Read More...]

Woman who underwent fertility treatment carrying the wrong embryos

Oops. Details, from AFP:  A woman who underwent fertility treatment at a clinic in Rome became pregnant with the twins of another couple after their embryos were mixed up, press reports said Sunday. Italy’s health ministry said it was launching an investigation into the mix-up, which was only discovered when the woman was three months [Read More...]

BREAKING: 16-year-old boy arrested in slaying of Nathan Trapuzzano—UPDATED

Details:  Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with last week’s murder of 24-year-old father-to-be Nathan Trapuzzano. Simeon Adams, 16, Indianapolis, is being held at the Juvenile Center, according to a release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He is recovering from a gunshot wound he received during an incident on April 1 at 1141 W. [Read More...]