Posts Tagged ‘life’

The Truth Will Set You Free: Voting According to Catholic Principles

It’s that time of year again, when the November elections are on the horizon.  Inevitably, we are faced with some difficult decisions. It seems that the pool of candidates with good values gets smaller every year. What is a faithful Catholic, or for that matter any person of good will and right conscience, to do?

Fortunately, we can look to the wisdom of the Church for guidance on how to develop a rightly formed conscience,...

The Value of Unproductive Lives

Abortion and euthanasia are generally viewed by our society as solutions to problems: they get rid of burdens. The usual suspects of this “burden” are disabled children who might interfere with our way of life and aging adults who require medical care but fail to produce economic goods. In short, these vulnerable groups are sadly viewed as not contributing to society. Yet the idea that persons have to serve society in order to be valued...

The Gift of Life in Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

“But she very soon found herself thinking once more of the world above her: she could not forget the handsome prince and her own sorrow at not having, like him, an immortal soul.”

The gift of life, the greatest of gifts, inspires eternal gratitude for the love of God the Father who created man and woman in His image, and the gift of life moves the heart to thank the generosity of a mother and...

Men’s Liberation

NARAL Pro-Choice America hosted a fundraiser September 18 entitled “Men for Choice.” The purpose of the event was to make sure that any coital act, which had the undesired natural consequence of pregnancy, could be undone by abortion.

So the abortion movement has finally declared itself. Its purpose is the liberation of men, not women. Pro-lifers have known for many years that the availability of abortion made it more difficult for women...

When “Rights” Are Wrong: In Opposition to Same-Sex Adoption

The cover of Time recently featured the headline “The Childfree Life.” China has for some time enforced the “one child policy.” With this policy, children have no siblings and ancestors only exist in the direct line. Millions of girls are aborted in preference to boys.

European populations are declining and dying for lack of children. Among both married couples and the unmarried, children conceived by in vitro fertilization are common. Few orphanages...

The Church’s Consistent View on the Culture of Life

It is always tragic when some Catholic politicians try to revise the Church’s historical teaching on the life issues. History shows that from the very beginning the Church has always held that life is sacred. However, some politicians try to confuse the faithful in such a way to make it seem that the Church’s teaching on the life issues are a recent phenomenon. This is far from the truth.

From its earliest days the...

Fundamental Differences: NFP vs. Contraception

Many people have trouble distinguishing between natural family planning (NFP) and contraception. Catholic moral teaching has always been clear on the subject, but this clarity eludes many Catholics. Since both involve not having children, they seem as if they were exactly the same act for many people. This is also true of many health care providers.

The essential evil of contraception and good of natural family planning becomes clearer if one...

When Politics Trumps Good Medical Practice

The purposes of professional medical associations are to set standards of medical practice for their members, to support members in the practice of medicine, as well as to serve as a voice for their members in the formulation of health care policy. Each of these focus areas should be grounded in sound science and strong medical ethics. Unfortunately, the current medical climate undercuts these principles as more and more policy recommendations seek to advance...