Archive for May, 2017

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...

Biology, Transgenderism, and the Human Person

Gender identity and expression are being confused in society today. The world outside of Christ’s Church accept the ideology that gender is fluid, nonbinary (meaning no longer including only male and female as “choices”), and really up to the individuals themselves. Surgery and hormones can repress or instigate secondary sex characteristics such as voice pitch, hair growth, and breast development. Society then tells the lie that an outward change in secondary sex characteristics is, in...

Traveling the Road of the Good

Sharing in the mission to build a Culture of Life and Love, something inherently fundamental to each Christian’s life of faith, is a joy and a privilege. It can also easily lead to discouragement when we see what we’re up against, and one can readily identify with the story of David and Goliath. Nonetheless, God is always good and knows exactly when we need those rays of hope to keep us going.

One such ray...

A Courageous Defender of Life

I first met Dr. Jérôme Lejeune at a pro-life conference in Montreal. Just minutes before his scheduled presentation to a large and expectant audience, we, along with several other participants, were tending to our ablutions in the men’s lavatory. Since it is not practical to wash one’s hands while holding a portfolio of notes, we naturally set them aside until our momentary task was completed. When we were ready to leave, however, we...

The Way of Wisdom from Grandmother to Grandson

Coffee with Nona and More Coffee with Nona, two charming, delightful books by Vincent M. Iezzi published by Servant Books, recall the fond memories of an Italian boy during World War II growing up in Philadelphia amid an extended family. The stories illustrate the humanizing, civilizing nature of a traditional culture where a child hears stories from a beloved grandmother, inherits an ethnic identity, receives a religious heritage, and gains a familiarity with many...

Embryo Jewelry, Vanity, and the Culture of Death

Since the dawn of the in vitro fertilization industry more and more morally problematic situations have arisen. Recently, a story has gone viral about an Australian company who makes jewelry out of “extra” embryos that the parents no longer want. As the world is still coming to the realization that so-called “leftover” embryos are being used for lethal research that serves no benefit to them, this is another example of vulnerable children...

Why does Catholic Social Teaching often fail?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Behind the social encyclicals of the Popes, there is a deep concern for all humans and their ultimate end. There is a connection between what people do now and what they will be at the end of their lives. Further, social teaching has been a massive effort to see in marginal people, weak people, a dignity and beauty which must be respected. It is not by accident that the Church preaches an option for...

Battling a Brave New World: Regnative Prudence and Pro-Life Legislation Part 3

On March 15, 2017, Wesley J. Smith published an excellent piece in The Human Life Review entitled “Brave New World is Closer Than You Think”. In his article, he details much of the history surrounding the beginning of life issues that are found within biotechnology. He further explains that while much of the biotechnology issues such as human cloning were hotly debated topics within the political realm ten to fifteen years ago,...