New Research May Point to Moral Procedure for Obtaining Pluripotent Stem Cells

Scientists at Harvard have turned ordinary human skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells – known as pluripotent stem cells – using a new reprogramming process. The scientists’ findings are set to be published in the next edition of the journal Science and if the method proves successful it may pave the way for production of pluripotent stem cells without destroying human embryos. Two prominent opponents of embryo-destructive research say that the new procedure is not without problems but both agreed the findings represent a step in the direction of ethical stem cell research. Read

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Is The Health Of Society Judged By The Welcome That It Gives To Babies?

The health of a society might be judged by the welcome that it gives to babies. A vital community encourages the formation of families, through marriage and the birth of children. In the good society, large families are especially prized as the source of new community members raised within the integrity of homes. The surest signs of societal decay are a retreat from marriage and a decline in marital fertility. Read

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Consuming Our Children

We indirectly consume future generations in a financial sense through rising debt, sinking savings, increasing taxes, and the shifting of wealth away from fertile couples. More directly, we consume children as we accept a new ethic concerning fetal life. Each trend sprouts from the same root of self centered consumption.

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Population Imperialism

Whether through USAID or by congressional appropriations to multinational corporations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank, or the International Monetary Fund, American taxpayers routinely fund population control projects that coerce foreign governments, communities, and individuals to “accept” draconian population control measures, all under the rubic of protecting against overpopulation and promoting humanitarian aid. Read

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Beyond Liberal and Conservative

I continue to assert that I am neither liberal nor conservative, I am Catholic. The labels are becoming increasingly confused, and provide little assistance in addressing the major issues we face at the dawn of the Third Millennium of Christianity and the beginning of the twenty first century. It is time to move beyond “liberal” and “conservative” in our efforts to build a more just society. Read

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Love and Sex: the Redemption of Sexuality

My purpose here is, first, to consider briefly the reasons why human sexuality is in need of redemption. I will then reflect on the great normative truths in whose light we are able to make true moral judgments and good moral choices whenever the goods of human sexuality are at stake. Attention will then focus on the significance of marriage as a reality that enables men and women truly to love one another as sexual persons and to honor the great goods of human sexuality. Read

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Femininity Betrayed: A Global Attack

Advocates of legalized prostitution employ an argument similar to that used by proponents of legalized abortion: Prostitution should be legalized so that the state can regulate it and, hence, “protect” women from STD’s and unscrupulous pimps.  In other words, women around the world will be better off once prostitution is legalized.  For this reason, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a UN vassalage, has led the way in the recent push to decriminalize prostitution. Read

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The Christian View of Sex: A Time for Apologetics, Not Apologies

Christians no longer need to offer apologies for their insistence upon sexual morality, for their insistence upon reserving sex for marriage. Some in high public places are now beginning to counsel abstinence before marriage and to extol faithful monogamous marriages. They have begun to see these as practices of great practical wisdom. In a certain sense, Christian morality-especially sexual morality-is quite similar to natural or commonsense morality. One does not need to be a Christian to understand why certain sexual practices are wrong. Read

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The Final Act: Public Policy on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

My purpose in this paper is to articulate as clearly as I can the basic argument used by advocates of euthanasia and assisted suicide to support their claim that it ought to be legally permitted and then to offer a somewhat detailed critique of this argument. Read

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Brain Death: The Patient, the Physician and Society

In recent years a radical change has taken place in the practice of medicine, a change still developing yet already grave with consequences both for the interests of each individual and for those of civil society as a whole. The clearest manifestations of this change have clustered around the manner in which it is to be determined that a person has died. From this perspective, the recent and proposed changes in law that have imposed “definitions of death”, appear as attempts to have society accept and approve this reorientation of medical practice. What is not so clear is that society has understood the issue sufficiently to have given informed consent. Read

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