Archive for August, 2012

Misguided Compassion and Cold Reason

Our culture’s propensity to emote, rather than engage issues rationally, has been a frequent topic of discussion on this forum. And there is yet another example of this in the media frenzy surrounding Representative Todd Akin’s recent comments regarding abortion and rape. Rightly, many pro-life groups jumped into the fray to defend the intention and the veracity of Akin’s remarks.

Only, this time, it seems the opposite problem is surfacing. One side has failed to...

Do No Harm?: Medical Journals Show Increasing Support for Euthanasia

(Zenit.org) – Primum non nocere. First do no harm. This edict has been part of medical ethics since the time of the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, in the fifth century B.C. It is found in the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of medical writing attributed to Hippocrates. The original Hippocratic oath includes:

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep...

“It Really Doesn’t Matter What You Believe”

People often say, “It really doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you’re a good person.” The sentiment is usually founded on true affection for those of different faiths or points of view. Americans, living alongside people of other faiths, usually delight in the goodness of their neighbors. Ordinarily the toleration of other faiths is a distinctive American trait. Provided, of course, we and our neighbors are genuinely “good.”

In bygone days there was...

Faith, Reason and the HHS Mandate

August 1 marked the beginning of the implementation of the HHS mandate for non-religious employers, and for non-profit religious employers who do not qualify for the temporary year-long extension. In light of the mandate’s blatant disregard for freedom of conscience, it would be helpful to study some key documents on religious freedom to better educate ourselves, and therefore be better able to articulate in the public square, our reasons for continuing to oppose it. This...

A Positive Presidential Moment

News about the current president concerning his anti-life and anti-marriage policies is most troubling...

Pro-Life Legacy of the London Olympics

I am an Olympic blubberer. Whenever I read the news stories or watch the competitions I need a box of tissues nearby. The drama of the competition, the heartbreaking falls, the soaring successes and the inspiring narratives all reduce me to tears. The 2012 Summer Olympics tugged at my heartstrings with so many stories, but none more so than the bronze medal winner in the shot put, Reese Hoffa. When the reporters put the...

Upon Further Review

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Justin Bieber, Canada’s teenage heartthrob, was reported as saying...

Marketing Natural Family Planning: Promoting Persons Over Industry

(Zenit.org) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designated the last full week of July as national Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, with a focus on introducing people to the concept of NFP in general, debunking the common misconceptions that have been attached to it, and attempting to convince couples to use NFP in place of artificial means of contraception. This goal carries inherent challenges, as the target audience has already been...