Pushing Suicide when Love will do…

I don't know how I missed this piece, a guestpost at Jim Blazsik, by someone I think I may have heard of before, a woman who calls herself Sr. Kerry of the Immaculate Heart. who gives a brief bio here and also describes the organization she is apparently in the process of forming, the Institute of the Queen of Peace.None of that is what matters, though. What matters is the incredible truth she has written here, asking "Is Suicide the Answer", and recounting her experiences in a UK hospital … [Read more...]

From Vagina to Vitae

Regular readers are aware that I once wrote a post entitled Labia's Up; Vagina Gazing Season is Open.It is evidence of my own naivete that I created that title without ever once considering the shock-effect it would have on people using google to search for something very different than a rant about The Vagina Monologues.As I have written, I have loud issues with that insipid play and so my warrior vagina and I have done battle against it, when we were not quasi-sneering at Vagina Health … [Read more...]

UK Doctors get the “final” word

This is a very troubling rulingThe General Medical Council has won its appeal against a ruling which gave a seriously-ill patient the right to stop doctors withdrawing food and drink.Leslie Burke, 45, who has a degenerative brain condition, fears artificial nutrition could be stopped against his wishes when he cannot talk.Mr Burke, from Lancaster, had won a landmark ruling, supporting his right to artificial nutrition and hydration.But the GMC appealed, saying doctors could be put in an … [Read more...]

The time to give up on people is…never

20 years ago, Sarah Scantlin was hit by a drunk driver, badly injured, brain damaged and comatose - she underwent a partial lobotomy, on the part of the brain that governs speech..A month later, she came out of coma, but things seemed hopeless. She was, however, provided with therapy.20 years later, she...she begins to speak, thanks, largely it seems, to one woman who is untrained in speech therapy or neurology, but who saw the whole person that is Sarah. God's Sarah, if you like.Four … [Read more...]

The Church of Good Health: Body, Mind, Spirit? Body…Body…Body?

It's curious to find my first post today to be about health, since I have succumbed to some raggedy-assed virus of a sort. I haven't exactly crashed and burned as in the past, but it's been a logey and cruddy sort of day. But enough about me.Ann Althouse has an interesting post on a recent statement by the Vatican. Althouse herself, crediting the Vat with having a made a good point, says: Perhaps as an ethical matter, anyone contemplating something like cosmetic surgery, ought to think again and … [Read more...]

In the Spirit of Christmas: A Letter to Maureen Dowd

Dear Ms. Dowd; I have just finished reading your sad and unfunny column from yesterday's NY Times. While I don't normally read yesterday's news, my time has been so taken up with another issue that I was (quite unusually) glad to happen upon your writing, even a day late.You would, of course, have no reason to know that the other issue which has so taken up my attention as to leave me unavailable to read your pearls in a timely manner is the very untimely, slow and agonizing death of a much … [Read more...]


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