Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits

Book Author: Steven Mosher Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Population-Control-Costs-Illusory-Benefits/dp/1412807131/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210711336&sr=1-2 Amazon Link: a:0:{} Image: 300 Image: 300

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Catholic Bioethics and Gift of Human Life

Book Author: William E. May Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Bioethics-Gift-Human-Life/dp/1612787029/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410958440&sr=1-1&keywords=william+e.+may Amazon Link: Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life Amazon Link: a:0:{} Image: 231 Image: 346

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Educating the “Heart” of Youths in the Virtue of Chastity

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The title of this article was suggested by a paper given in Spanish by Reynaldo Rivera called “Is it necessary to educate the heart?” at the First International Meeting on the Education of Adolescents on Affectivity and Sexuality held in May, 2006 in Mexico City. Rivera—and all the participants at this meeting—insisted that it is more important to educate the “hearts” of adolescents about their feelings and sexuality than it is to teach them the “facts of life.” [1]  Moreover, didn’t Jesus tell his disciples, “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good” (Lk 7:43)?

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Gendercide: The Child of “Choice” and the Feminist Movement

gendercide.jpgGendercide through sex-selective abortion has resulted in the loss of at least 163 million girls and a global imbalance in sex ratios.  The United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women has described this as “the most telling indicator of women’s devalued position in society,” and condemned sex-selective abortions as “grave forms of discrimination against women.” [1] The United Nations is not alone in identifying this global problem.  Within the last year, researchers and newspapers have brought heightened attention to this issue.  For example, in March 2010, The Economist featured a striking cover story entitled, “Gendercide: The worldwide war on baby girls.”  And just this June 2011, researcher Mara Hvistendahl published Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, a book that The Wall Street Journal has hailed as “one of the most consequential books ever written in the campaign against abortion.” [2] Read

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Conscience and the Dignity of the Human Person

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Almost everyone agrees that we ought to respect persons. They think we ought to do so because persons are not “things” that can be disposed of at will. They regard them as beings of moral worth, with a dignity that ought to be respected by others and endowed with rights that ought to be recognized and protected by civil authority. Surely almost all Americans make their own the “self-evidence of the truth” affirmed in the Declaration of Independence that “[all men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Application of the Principles: Sex in Heaven

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In the most important and obvious sense there is certainly sex in Heaven simply because there are human beings in Heaven. As we have seen, sexuality, like race and unlike clothes, is an essential aspect of our identity, spiritual as well as physical. Even if sex were not spiritual, there would be sex in Heaven because of the resurrection of the body. The body is not a mistake to be unmade or a prison cell to be freed from, but a divine work of arto designed to show forth the soul as the soul is to show forth God, in splendor and glory and overflow of generous superfluity.

But is there sexual intercourse in Heaven? If we have bodily sex organs, what do we use them for there?

Not baby-making. Earth is the breeding colony; Heaven is the homeland.

Not marriage. Christ’s words to the Sadducees are quite clear about that. It is in regard to marriage that we are "like the angels". (Note that it is not said that we are like the angels in any other ways, such as lacking physical bodies.)

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Update on Embryo-Destructive Research: Legislation Developments in the US and Abroad

embryo.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 25, 2011 (Zenit.org).- You might recall that last summer a federal judge put a temporary hold on all government funding for human embryonic stem cell research (hESC) in the United States.

In August 2010, Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia made headlines for halting the research on the grounds that President Barack Obama’s March 2009 executive order revoking the President George Bush restrictions on hESC research was illegal. The president’s order, put into policy by the NIH, freed up money for research upon stem cells derived from spare IVF embryos; but the policy required that the actual destruction of the embryos be funded privately.

The judge said the Obama policy violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment , which prohibits federal money for research in which human embryos are created or destroyed. Read

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