On the March For Life

 
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This time every year, and in a special way today, the true and ever strengthened fabric of America  covers again the grounds of our Nation’s capital and presents itself before the rule of law.  Media and other facets of this great Country may call this an event.  Others may refer to it as a mere protest or passing demonstration.  But with eyes of admiration I watch the growing number of young and vibrant pro-life marchers and the vision before me is so very much more than an organized appeal for truth and justice for the unborn.   It is the vision of our Culture: an ever alive, ever renewing reality of the people of America.  It is America.  What a great vision!

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Christmas Blessings from the Fellows

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Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas to each of you and to your families!  During this time of greatest joy, the Fellows and I would like to offer to you the following greetings, wishes and Christmas reflections.  In this way, we hope to share with you just a bit of the grace found in this greatest gift…

  Jennifer, Pat and Dr. May, Maggie, Christian

 

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May Researchers Use “Biological Material” Unjustly Obtained?

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If an unborn baby in the fetal or embryonic stage of life dies as a result of a miscarriage it would not be immoral to do worthwhile scientific research using tissues taken from it. But, as Germain Grisez noted in his massive book on Difficult Moral Questions, a serious problem of conscience can frequently face pro-life scientists and researchers regarding use of tissues taken from embryonic or fetal human persons who were intentionally aborted. The quandary is the following: Suppose that it is not possible to do the research proposed by using spontaneously aborted unborn babies who miscarry.  For example, certain research may require using embryonic/fetal tissue that must be fresh and not frozen or in any way not normal and tissues from miscarried embryos/fetuses do not meet these criteria. What should a conscientious pro-life person do if his research center agreed to use biological material obtained as a result of the intentional abortion of babies in their embryonic or fetal stages of life? Grisez concluded that the scientist ought not participate in the research nor cooperate with it in any way, even by advising a colleague who would take his place but who is not as knowledgeable about the science involved as he is. Grisez, however, thinks that if certain conditions are fulfilled, he could offer this colleague some advice if it justified tolerating bad side effects that would accompany the discovery of a procedure that would also greatly benefit unborn babies (pp. 385-388).

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ADDITIONAL REFLECTIONS: POPE BENEDICT XVI ON CONDOM USE

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The journalist Peter Seewald and Pope Benedict are named as co-authors of the book, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, published by Ignatius Press. In it Seewald asks Benedict a host of questions on such matters as these: What caused the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church? Was there a "cover up"? Have you considered resigning? Does affirming the goodness of the human body mean a plea for "better sex"? Can there be a genuine dialogue with Islam? Should the Church rethink Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, women priests, contraception, and same-sex relationships? Is there a schism in the Catholic Church? Is there any hope for Christian unity? How can the Pope claim to be "infallible"? Is there a "dictatorship of relativism" today? [1]

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Thanksgiving Wishes and Reflections from the Fellows of the Culture of Life Foundation

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Divine Revelation not only opens up truths relevant to the world to come—to the Kingdom.  It also establishes a rational basis for a worldview here and now, a point of reference—THE point of reference—from which to assess and fully understand culture and its products.  Christ as man, as ethnic Jew, as citizen of Roman Palestine, as King, and as high priest—historically as actual as the bones of my skull—provides the definitive point of reference, the relativizing dead-point on the epistemological pendulum, for assessing every human, racial, socio-political, authoritative, and propitiative endeavor.  Everything is in relation to Christ, derives its value in and through him, and will be judged and exonerated or condemned by him and in light of him.

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Human Fathers and Their Sublime Task and Mission…

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Introduction
We have seen already that human husbands and fathers have the sublime mission and honor of “revealing and reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God” (see St. Paul, Ephesians 3:15 and Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, no. 25).  John Paul II continues by identifying  the principal things a father should do in performing “this task.” He will do so “by exercising generous responsibility for the life conceived under the heart of the mother, by a more solicitous commitment to education, a task he shares with his wife (cf. Gaudium et spes, 52), by work which is never a cause of division in the family but promotes its unity and stability, and by means of the witness he gives of an adult Christian life which effectively introduces the children into the living experience of Christ and the Church.”

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