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Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization: Unnatural Selection”

January 25, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization: Unnatural Selection”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + In the previous article, we discussed the adverse psychological effects that “pregnancy reduction” abortions often have on women who undergo assisted reproductive procedures and then find themselves — in their opinions — carrying too many babies. What often goes unmentioned is that surviving children who discover their prenatal histories are often psychologically disoriented and frequently suffer as well. The Psychological Effects. Some studies have shown that a certain variety of “survivor syndrome” appears in some children who discover…Continue Reading

Living In The Liberal Bubble

January 24, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Living In The Liberal Bubble

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Conservative commentators have been having a field day of late mocking what they call the campus “snowflakes” who are seeking “safe spaces” to deal with Donald Trump’s election to the presidency. But have you wondered if there are intelligent and clear-headed members of the liberal establishment who are also taking stock of the overreaction of the students? Universities are supposed to be the training ground for our future leaders, for mature and rational young people worthy of being called the nation’s “best and brightest.” You can’t get more “establishment” than longtime New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof. In his December 10 column he makes clear his discomfort as he watched our universities “echoing with primal howls,”…Continue Reading

A Parting Shot At Personal Freedom

January 23, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Parting Shot At Personal Freedom

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO On January 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did. Here is the back story. In the aftermath of former President Richard Nixon’s abusive utilization of the FBI and CIA to spy on his domestic political opponents in the 1960s and 1970s…Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred… The Anima Christi

January 22, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Restoring The Sacred… The Anima Christi

By JAMES MONTI At the very moment when the sacred waters of Baptism are poured over the head of a newborn child, that child in an instant becomes heir to an incredible patrimony — all the invisible riches, to be sure, of sanctifying grace, the Scriptures and the sacraments, but also nearly two thousand years of liturgical rites, prayers, holy writings, sacred music, and religious art and architecture. Among all these splendid riches are the prayers we say every day, enriching our daily lives. With the recitation of these prayers becoming “routine,” we sometimes fail to reflect upon all that their words have to offer. Among these prayers is the Anima Christi (“Soul of Christ”), a simple but powerful text…Continue Reading

Propagandists To The End . . . Manning’s A “Young Woman”; Vietnam’s “Raging Capitalist”

January 21, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Propagandists To The End . . . Manning’s A “Young Woman”; Vietnam’s “Raging Capitalist”

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributes his column. All rights reserved.) + + + White House Spokesman Josh Earnest and Secretary of State John Kerry finished President Barack Obama’s final term with fitting acts of propaganda. Had you listened uncritically to Earnest, you would have thought a male soldier imprisoned for leaking classified documents was a “young woman.” Had you listened uncritically to Kerry, you would have thought the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was a “raging capitalist” country. And, if you agreed with both, you would qualify for a job at The New York Times. On CBS on Wednesday, January 18, Charlie Rose asked Earnest about Obama’s decision to…Continue Reading

Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

January 20, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?

By DONALD DeMARCO Thomas Aquinas was born in the year 1224 in Rocca Sicca, the hereditary castle of the counts of Aquino in the Neapolitan province. While he was residing in the womb, a holy man brought a prophecy to the unborn child’s mother, Theodora, countess of Aquino: “Rejoice, O lady, for thou art about to have a son whom thou shalt call Thomas….Such will be his learning and holiness that his equal will not be found throughout the world.” The prophecy was fulfilled. At the hearing for the canonization of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1319, a statement from the archbishop of Naples was introduced. According to the testimony of the good bishop, Friar Giacomo di Viterbo, “Our savior had…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Culmination Of James Likoudis’ Pilgrimage

January 19, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Culmination Of James Likoudis’ Pilgrimage

By ROBERT L. FASTIGGI A signed copy of Heralds of a Catholic Russia: Twelve Spiritual Pilgrims From Byzantium to Rome ($19.95) can be obtained by ordering directly from the author: James Likoudis, P.O. Box 852, Montour Falls, NY 14865. I first met James Likoudis during a visit to Rome in 1996 — though I had corresponded with him for several years before our initial meeting. Over the last 18 years, I have been blessed by his friendship and his scholarship. I have learned a great deal from him, and, in particular, from his writings concerned with Catholic and Eastern Orthodox relations. In many ways, this present volume is the culmination of Likoudis’ own spiritual and intellectual pilgrimage, a pilgrimage that…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization And ‘Pregnancy Reduction’”

January 18, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… “In-Vitro Fertilization And ‘Pregnancy Reduction’”

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 15 of The Facts of Life, “Artificial Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + IVF Procedure Efficiency: The probability of a single transplanted embryo surviving the entire IVF process is unfavorable to say the least. Despite using multiple eggs, the probability of achieving pregnancy per in vitro cycle is only about one in three. Even with decades of constant tinkering with the details of the IVF process, its efficiency rate has not improved significantly since 1990. Pro-life activists object to IVF not only because it violates the dignity of the marriage act…Continue Reading

Thinking Inside The Box

January 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Thinking Inside The Box

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Praise, prizes, and promotions come to those who think innovatively and creatively; accolades come to those stalwart enough to think outside the box. That prepositional phrase means imaginative and progressive thinking — an attachment to and a love for novelty, as well as a yearning to listen to the tender counsel of the heart. There is something to this, of course, for, as Blaise Pascal famously wrote, “the heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” The exact ratio between love and logic is something which poets and philosophers have tried to work out for centuries. Let’s concede the importance of passion; it has its place. But as the frenzy of the lynch mob…Continue Reading

The Shockwaves Of Abortion… Return To The Steps Of The Supreme Court

January 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Shockwaves Of Abortion… Return To The Steps Of The Supreme Court

By KEVIN BURKE (Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews published the following commentary on January 5. All rights reserved. For links to information about the Washington, D.C., and West Coast March for Life events, please see Kevin Burke’s article at LifeSiteNews.com.) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — As we prepare to come together again this month in Washington, D.C., something continues to resonate within me about the last two gatherings of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign at the March for Life. That afternoon and evening of January 22, 2016, as we stood at the steps of the Supreme Court and snow began to blanket our nation’s capital, I saw the campaign’s Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative in a new and dynamic light. The Shockwaves of Abortion shines a…Continue Reading