Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Harvesting Human Eggs and Informed Consent Legislation

“Tacit qui consentire videtur” is the legal principle of “silence implies consent.” When the law is silent on a matter, the law considers the matter legal since the law does not prohibit the action. In many respects this principle is applicable when it comes to the subject of assisted reproductive technology and the law. Many refer to it as the “wild west” precisely because there is so little regulation and, seemingly, anything goes....

Be Not Afraid

The inherent dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life are part of our fundamental understanding of who we are as Catholics. Sometimes people think that to be “pro-life” is merely one form of activism, or simply a movement that certain people get involved in. Yet to be pro-life, while it certainly includes those important aspects, is much wider and deeper. Reverence for the gift of human life and the dignity...

What Are Pro-Life Oregonians To Do? Moral Action and Unjust Public Funding

It is written by St. Thomas Aquinas that “A tyrannical law, though not being according to reason, is not a law, absolutely speaking, but rather a perversion of law…” (see Summa Theologica, I-II, Q. 92, A. 1). Recently, it has come to pass that the State of Oregon will oblige taxpayers and insurance companies to pay for free abortions. What makes the law so different than other pro-abortion “laws” is that it forces...

Pontius Pilate, Regnative Fortitude, and the Culture of Life

In many ways the story of Pontius Pilate is a narrative of the Culture of Death. His words embody the antithesis of the Culture of Life. Yet, this account of the Roman Governor still has much to say about the importance for standing up for truth and life. Many may ask what exactly ate Pilate has to teach us today? To answer this question the account of Christ’s trial before Pilate ought to be...

An Adventure in Faith

“Saints are not people who plan and organize their particular style of life and perfection and follow it strictly on their own strength. Saints are people who love and trust God to the point that they let Him guide them and lead them where He wants.” Adam Exner was not alluding to himself when he made this statement but to Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the latter’s canonization. Nonetheless, the comment could...

The Apostle of Life

Saint Thomas Aquinas was most particular when he offered singular praise for his esteemed predecessors: Aristotle was “the philosopher,” Moses Maimonides was “the Rabbi,” and St. Paul was “the Apostle”. We have reason to believe that Pope John Paul II was just as particular when he called his esteemed friend, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, “The Apostle of Life”. The appellation is well deserved and was used as a title for Fr. Marx’s 1991...

Safe at Third, Out at Home

When I was very young, I assumed that I was destined to come into being even if my mother had married someone other than the person who became my father. I knew nothing about genetics. “It doesn’t work that way,” my biological parents said to me. They left it at that, being reluctant to get into the nitty-gritty of things.

It left me wondering, however, about the improbability of my existence. I was...

The Texas Mother’s Day Massacre: Ethical Questions in Pro-Life Politics

Recently, the Texas House of Representatives witnessed an extraordinary event that boggled the minds of many pro-life observers nationwide. On the night of May 11, 2017, twelve pro-life Texas state representatives decided to use specific House rules that killed roughly one hundred twenty bills, four of which were pro-life bills because they believed the leadership of the House was delaying their legislative agenda. The action created a flurry of commentary and essentially...