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Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of Assisted Reproduction

January 12, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Early History Of Assisted Reproduction

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.) + + + Sen. Brian Harradine: “How often has in vitro fertilization been undertaken on non-human higher primates?” Professor William Short: “It has not been undertaken on gorillas because gorillas are an endangered species.” Sen. Brian Harradine: “So you are able to do it on humans?” Professor William Short: “We are not an endangered species.” + + + The Precursor: Artificial Insemination. Artificial insemination (AI) is the most basic assisted reproductive technique. The sperm donor typically masturbates in order to…Continue Reading

Make Government Schools Compete Or Die

January 11, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Make Government Schools Compete Or Die

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY If you pay taxes and take responsibility for getting your own children to and from school, you may be interested in learning that the government spent $23,233, 698,000 in the 2012-2013 school year transporting other people’s children to and from public schools around this country. When those students got off the bus, taxpayers spent even more money on them — for things other than education in a classroom. For example, according to the Digest of Education Statistics published in December by the federal government’s National Center for Education Statistics, the government spent $21,862,081,000 in the 2012-2013 school year on food services in public schools. That included $10,110,833,000 on supplies for these food services, $6,607,701,000 on salaries…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Catholic Social Teaching, Political Ideology, And Corporate America

January 10, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… Catholic Social Teaching, Political Ideology, And Corporate America

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books is The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic, and two recent edited volumes: The Crisis of Religious Liberty and Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians. His latest book, Catholicism and American Political Ideologies: Catholic Social Teaching, Liberalism, and Conservatism, will be published later this year. This column originally appeared in Crisismagazine.com and is reprinted with permission.)…Continue Reading

A National Conference On Sacred Music . . . Scheduled For March 2017 In Yonkers, N.Y.

January 9, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on A National Conference On Sacred Music . . . Scheduled For March 2017 In Yonkers, N.Y.

By JAMES MONTI In June of 1920 an international congress of Gregorian Chant was convened in New York, distinguished by the presence of the illustrious chant expert and founder of the Paleographie Musicale, Dom André Mocquereau. On day one of the 1920 conference, 3,500 Catholic school children sang in unison the chants of the Common for a votive solemn Mass celebrated by Archbishop Patrick Joseph Hayes. Nearly a century after this historic event, a national conference on sacred music, “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education,” will be held at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., on March 10-11, 2017. The stated goals of the conference are to discern the role of the Church’s rich patrimony of sacred music…Continue Reading

More Catholics In New Congress

January 8, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on More Catholics In New Congress

By BILL DONOHUE (Editor’s Note: Bill Donohue is president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights [www.catholicleague.org]. Below he comments on the findings of a new Pew Research Survey, “Faith on the Hill,” that details the composition of the new Congress.) + + + When JFK was president, 19 percent of the Congress was Catholic; today it is 31 percent. During that period, Protestants declined from 75 percent to 56 percent. The most underrepresented segment of the population today is the “nones,” meaning those who are religiously unaffiliated: They constitute 23 percent of the public, but only .2 percent of the Congress. Looks like either the “nones” decline to run for office, or the public is not receptive…Continue Reading

The Titanic Has Set Sail

January 7, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on The Titanic Has Set Sail

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Over the New Year’s weekend, President Barack Obama’s chief policy adviser and closest strategist, Valerie Jarrett, told a talk-show host that her boss would have a happy legacy because there was an absence of scandal in his administration. When first I heard this preposterous claim, I thought I had misheard it. Yet it is apparently true that President Obama and his team somehow can overlook recent history and behave as if events with which we are all familiar never happened. Here is the back story. When Obama became president in 2009 and enjoyed significant Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, he and his colleagues devoted themselves entirely to an issue nowhere in the Constitution —…Continue Reading

What Is The Best Proof For God’s Existence?

January 6, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on What Is The Best Proof For God’s Existence?

By DONALD DeMARCO On the day before Christmas (2016) I received an email from a person I do not know. His message consisted of a single sentence: “What do you believe is the greatest proof for God from Philosophy?” I was tempted to answer with a single word: “Providence.” Philosophically, this conforms to Aquinas’ fifth proof for God’s existence, the Argument from Design. However, since I was asked what I thought is the best proof, I decided to answer him by combining Aquinas’ argument from design with my own personal experiences of God’s Providence. The following examples strongly support the contention that God is providential and cooperates with us in our daily lives. And since God is with us, He…Continue Reading

Chief Justice Moore Receives 2016 Bill Of Rights Award

January 5, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Chief Justice Moore Receives 2016 Bill Of Rights Award

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Bill of Rights Award by the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee (BORBC) of Concordville, Pa. The award was announced on December 15, 2016, the 225th anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights. The chairman of the BORBC Committee, Carris Kocher, said, “Judge Roy Moore’s courageous standing on the Tenth Amendment is what earned him the 2016 Bill of Rights Award. This is the constitutional ground on which Judge Roy Moore has standing in his actions as the chief justice of Alabama. It would be well for all of us to have a look at what rights ‘of the States’ and…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… The Ethics Of Artificial Reproductive Technologies

January 4, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Culture Of Life 101… The Ethics Of Artificial Reproductive Technologies

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, “Assisted Reproductive Technologies,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) + + + “The very probability that we may be faced with a human person in the full sense constitutes, in my opinion, an absolute veto against any type of [in vitro] experimentation” — Fr. Bernard Haring. + + + Introduction. Assisted reproduction is one of the most complex moral fields debated today. It is actually an aggregation of several distinct issues — the question of a “right” to a child, the high costs and high failure and complication rates of…Continue Reading

Justin Martyr: His Commentaries Remain Pertinent

January 3, 2017 Featured Today Comments Off on Justin Martyr: His Commentaries Remain Pertinent

By JUDE DOUGHERTY “Philosophy is one’s greatest possession, and is most precious in the sight of God to whom it alone leads us and to whom it unites us, and in truth they who have applied themselves to philosophy are holy men.” Those are the words of Justin Martyr, who lived from about AD 100 to 160. He goes on to say, “Man cannot have prudence without philosophy and straight thinking. Thus every man should be devoted to philosophy and should consider it the greatest and most noble pursuit. All other pursuits are only secondary and third unless connected to philosophy.” Justin was a pagan philosopher who, after a fascinating intellectual journey, converted to Christianity. Subsequent to his conversion he…Continue Reading