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Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism: The Final Frontier

April 17, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… Transhumanism: The Final Frontier

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 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “And when everyone’s super — no one will be!” — The villain “Syndrome” in The Incredibles. Introduction In 2009, the World Transhumanist Association’s website posted the Transhumanist Declaration. It summarized the goals of transhumanism by saying that “humanity stands to be profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We envision the possibility of broadening human potential by overcoming aging, cognitive shortcomings, involuntary suffering, and our confinement to planet Earth.” Max More, in his work Principles of Entropy, provided…Continue Reading

Catholics In Today’s Society… Whither Thou Goest?

April 16, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholics In Today’s Society… Whither Thou Goest?

By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON America is in transition from being a nation in which Christian principles guide public actions to one in which religion has no place in the public square, from a country where governmental policies allow free expression of religion to one in which government can force individuals and institutions to violate Church teachings. The more wholesome tone of society that existed in the 1950s and early 1960s has changed and continues to change. In 1965, there were 10,600 Catholic elementary schools, the Legion of Decency, Hello Dolly on Broadway, and singer Julie Andrews; today, there are 5,200 Catholic elementary schools, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, The Vagina Monologues, and Lady Gaga. Culture, whither thou goest? Catholics, who…Continue Reading

And By Their Names… By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them

April 15, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on And By Their Names… By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Human Life International [hli.org] first published this article on April 8 and it is reprinted here with HLI’s kind permission. Fr. Boquet is HLI’s president. All rights reserved.) + + + Sometimes a name really is revealing. The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, is one organization whose name says a great deal about its true concern. It was, well, born during the overpopulation panic codified in the publication of Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb in the late 1960s, but before the widespread abuses of population control became public. Like the abortion- and contraception-pushing Population Services International (1970), and the older eugenics-based Population Council, which was started by the Rockefellers in 1952, the UNFPA’s original…Continue Reading

Bishop Conley Says… Eucharistic Adoration Can Transform Our Church

April 14, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Bishop Conley Says… Eucharistic Adoration Can Transform Our Church

LINCOLN, Neb. (CNA/EWTN News) — Eucharistic adoration offers a powerful chance to encounter Christ’s love in silence and humility, and that experience can transform our hearts, both individually and as a Church, said Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb., in a new pastoral letter. “Love is selfless sacrifice, and sacrifice is the language of love. Love is the gift of ourselves to our beloved. And Christ made a gift of himself — he gave us his body and blood — poured himself out for our salvation, when he conquered death by dying and rising again,” Bishop Conley said. “Christ gave us his body and blood, as an act of love, so that we could know the love of God.”…Continue Reading

The Long Road To Conversion

April 13, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Long Road To Conversion

By DONALD DeMARCO One fine day in October of 1978, I boarded a train that would take me from Waterloo, Ontario, to Toronto. A kindly looking lady shared my compartment. To facilitate conversation, she told me about her enthusiasm for the writings of Malcolm Muggeridge, regarded by many as one of the greatest journalists of the 20th century. She could not have ventured a more appropriate opener. “I am on my way to an editorial meeting in Toronto where I will be speaking with the very same Malcolm Muggeridge,” was, from her point of view, my surprising response. God-incidences like this must happen for a purpose. Here was “St. Mugg,” as he was called, in full panoply, famous enough to…Continue Reading

Moses After The Bulrushes

April 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Moses After The Bulrushes

By PHILIP TROWER As I am sure the majority of my readers know, one of the most hotly debated subjects among Scripture scholars over the last two hundred years or so has been the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch. How much if any of it did Moses write? And how much, if any, dates from his time? Outside the Catholic Church, as discussion and debate proceeded, so did skepticism, until it reached a high point with the theories of Julius Wellhausen (1844-1914). The Church tackled the situation in two stages. The first culminated in the decrees of the Pontifical Biblical Commission of 1906 which concentrated on repudiating the more negative propositions in current critical thinking. The second, which took a…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Racism Of Eugenics

April 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101 . . . The Racism Of Eugenics

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 24 of The Facts of Life, “Eugenics,” from which these articles are drawn, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “At the moment, it is probable that the indirect effect of civilization is dysgenic instead of eugenic; and in any case it seems likely that the dead weight of genetic stupidity, physical weakness, mental instability, and disease-proneness, which already exist in the human species, will prove too great a burden for real progress to be achieved” — Julian Huxley, UNESCO: Its Purpose and Its Philosophy, 1946. We have seen that eugenicists in general focus…Continue Reading

The Ancient Scourge Human Slavery Is Thriving

April 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Ancient Scourge Human Slavery Is Thriving

By JOHN J. METZLER UNITED NATIONS — Modern slavery is tragically thriving in the twenty-first century! While ethnic, religious, and military conflicts seem to be the grist of news headlines, the quiet and brutal backstory of this global violence involves the vulnerable millions who have been displaced as migrants and refugees. Ironically, in the midst of such desperation, there’s a “business model” used by human traffickers who are profiting from slavery, an ancient scourge, which reap profits of over $150 billion annually. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned recently that “trafficking networks have gone global” with over 21 million people ensnared in forced labor, and extreme exploitation. Families and societies are being torn apart by what he called “gross violations of…Continue Reading

The Mystery Of Christ And Judas

April 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Mystery Of Christ And Judas

By DONAL FOLEY One of the most puzzling things in the New Testament concerns the question as to why Christ chose Judas Iscariot to be one of His apostles knowing that he would ultimately betray Him. It almost seems as if Christ was being unfair to him in doing this, that it would have been better if He had allowed Judas to leave Him — or even sent him away — rather than put him in a position where he would ultimately commit the terrible sin of betraying Christ to the Jewish authorities, and thus, according to Scripture, end up in Hell. We can see this from the passage in the Acts of the Apostles, which describes him as going…Continue Reading

A Man Of Faith

April 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A Man Of Faith

By DONALD DeMARCO Herbert Marshall McLuhan was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in the year 1911. During his adolescent period, he explored his conflicted relationship with religion and turned to literature to “gratify his soul’s hunger for truth and beauty.” He later referred to this stage as agnosticism. While studying in England, he read G.K. Chesterton, whose effect on him was similar to the effect he had on C.S. Lewis. “A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading,” Lewis remarked, after imbibing Chesterton’s persuasive logic. McLuhan abandoned his agnosticism just as C.S. Lewis abandoned his atheism. In a letter to his mother, in 1935, McLuhan revealed his indebtedness to the persuasive Chesterton:…Continue Reading