Gender Reveal Parties and the Discernment of Amoral Issues

A reader writes: I cannot understand why some practicing Catholics that I know do not agree that referring to a child by his/her gender and name before birth (as soon as it can be known) is MORE life-affirming than not doing so, and is clearly a moral issue because of the inherent dignity of the unborn. Read my response at the Register.***image via Wikimedia Commons - Photographer: Nils Fretwurst … [Read more...]

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Pro-life Even at the End of Life: What the Catholic Church Teaches about Care for the Dying

The Catholic Church has a consistent, compassionate approach to end-of-life issues, but many Catholics don't know what the Church actually teaches. As a result, doctors, hospice care workers, and the guardians of patients in distress are branded "murderers" even when they're doing their best to care for the sick and dying in a loving, responsible, and ethical way.  I wrote this article for Catholic Digest in 2013.  I'm reprinting it today in light of recent conversationg surrounding Baby Jake an … [Read more...]

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Abortion Is a Men’s Issue

In great men, two traits go together: strength and control. Power, and the knowledge of how to use that power, and when, and why.There's no merit in producing testosterone; but there is great merit, for the whole world, when men learn how to use it, and when they learn how to be in control of it, rather than letting it control them. Great men know when to hold their strength in check, and how to use it for the right things. Great men use their strength to protect.Read the rest at the Re … [Read more...]

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But what will poor people do if Planned Parenthood is defunded?

On Wednesday, NH voted to withdraw nearly $650,000 of state funding from Planned Parenthood. Even the pro-choice legislatures of our state have long chafed against funding the top-heavy, corrupt, inefficient monolith of Planned Parenthood -- not because we love babies, but because we hate wasting money.Naturally, people concerned about the poor are upset about the vote to defund, because Planned Parenthood is like the classic abusive boyfriend: They've got us convinced that we need them, we'r … [Read more...]

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Pro-Lifers Should Offer Help and Hope Along with Undercover Videos

Many Americans call themselves pro-choice, but are uncomfortable with unlimited abortion on demand, and these videos could help tip the balance in their hearts. But even as we hope and pray that the videos accomplish this conversion, let's not forget another large population of Americans, whose hearts matter just as much: the population of women who have had abortions. ***Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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Watch Planned Parenthood Arranging to Sell Fetal Livers, Brains, and Hearts Over Lunch

It helps to know which organs you are hoping to retrieve, Nucatola explains:So then you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers, you try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact. And with the calvarium [head], in general, some people will act … [Read more...]

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Maria Goretti didn’t die for her virginity

Or she wasn't canonized just because she managed to remain a virgin, anyway.Let's back up. When you think about holiness, do you fall into bathwater thinking?Bathwater thinking is when you forget the baby -- the living, breathing, vulnerable persons in front of you -- and instead, you wallow around in that warm, familiar bathwater of your indisputably worthy cause. Think about St. Gianna Molla.  A good many people believe that this woman’s greatness came in her eager, joyful acceptance o … [Read more...]

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