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When Science and Technology Ignore a Deeper Truth

BISMARCK, N.D. — The announcement last month from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the United Kingdom that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally permissible” is the most recent example of how some applications of science and technology can conflict with Catholic teaching.
The codicil to the U.K. announcement, “if it is in the child’s best interest,” is also an example of the manipulative language used in

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FDA Signs Controversial Contract With Fetal-Tissue Provider

WASHINGTON — Legislators, pro-life groups and ethicists have condemned a new government contract to obtain human tissue from aborted children for use in medical research and in the creation of “humanized mice.”
The Food and Drug Administration signed a $15,900 contract to acquire human fetal tissue for use on mice July 25. The contract was signed with Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc. (ABR), a California based not-for-profit. It is the eighth contract between the FDA and ABR since 2012; seven of the contracts appear to relate to the same or similar programs.
The fetal tissue used in such research is obtained from elective abortions, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. …

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Vatican Draft Alters Catechism Wording on Capital Punishment, Calling It ‘Inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Thursday altered the Catechism’s wording on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church teaches is legitimate in extreme cases, stating it is “inadmissible,” and its elimination will be sought.
A new draft of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Aug. 2, after Pope Francis approved it in May. …

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Bible: Romans #5

In verses 18 through 20, we see how God created everything to reveal who He is and reflect His ways. In the things He created, we can derive that God exists, and furthermore, what is good and what is evil. God created things with a purpose and an order according to that purpose. We can discover that the eye has the purpose to help us see and the stomach helps us digest food to stay alive. God even gave us taste buds so that we may have pleasure in eating to inspire us to stay alive. If anything comes along that prevents or hinders the eye from seeing or the stomach from digesting, then that would be ‘an evil’ and unhealthy. But if medicine or some sort of assistance were to come along to help the eye see or the stomach to digest, then that would be ‘a good’ and healthy. It is just as much true with our bodies as it is with our souls. God created our bodies and souls not in a general way, but with detail, reason and purpose. Continue reading


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Humanae Vitae: The Reason My Wife and I Returned to the Church

When I recently read about the new assault within the Church on Pope Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on contraception, I was deeply disturbed. Humanae Vitae told the truth about contraception and all its negative impacts on people and society. It was precisely because we read Humanae Vitae that my wife, Margaret, I and became “reverts” to the Catholic Church after being away for almost 20 years. Margaret and I were bot…

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FDA Report: Abortion Pill Kills 22 Women, Injures Thousands More

At least 22 women in America have died and thousands more have experienced serious complications from taking abortion pills, according to updated guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA updated its guidance on mifepristone (known as Mifeprex or Mifegyne), the first stage of a medical abortion that blocks the progesterone needed for a pregnancy to continue, after receiving “reports of serious adverse events in women” who took it. …

FDA Report: Abortion Pill Kills 22 Women, Injures Thousands More


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Humanae Vitae: The Courage of Pope Paul VI Stood Out During a Tumultuous 1968

The year 1968 remains a watershed moment in an era of revolution and upheaval.

With the world engulfed in social, political and especially sexual upheaval, the year witnessed the brutal rejection of a relatively brief papal document that sought to clarify the Church’s teachings on family life and the regulation of births. Humanae Vitae (The Regulation of Birth) remains one of the most polarizing papal encyclicals of all time, but also one of the most prophetic in foreseeing vividly the immense dangers of a contraceptive culture that ultimately came to pass.

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