“A true and proper right to a child would be contrary to the child’s dignity and nature. The child is not an object to which one has a right, nor can he be considered as an object of ownership: rather, a child is a gift, “the supreme gift” and the most gratuitous gift of marriage, and is a living testimony of the mutual giving of his parents. For this reason, the child has the right, as already mentioned, to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents; and he also has the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception.”[click to continue...]
Is it ethical to create a child as ‘the means for fulfilling the wishes of an adult, in any way possible, and at any cost?’[click to continue...]
If you support IVF, then I don’t see how you can morally object to what these women did. If you think sex can be separated from the creation of new human life, then what difference does it make how many wombs any resulting children pass through until birth?[click to continue...]
Immediately you ought to be waiving a red flag here. To fertilize eggs with sperm outside the confines of the conjugal act is a grave sin. To do so outside of the physical intimacy of sex remains completely unnatural. To do so clearly violates the natural law. Children are not meant to be conceived in sterile labs by technicians in white lab coats. Moreover, children are not commodities to be bought and sold; they are gifts from God.[click to continue...]
Then-Cardinal Ratzinger goes on to liken this present situation to Genesis 3, following the Fall. God kicks Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, and then He places angels to stand guard to bar the first humans’ reentry. Man was prohibited from eating from the tree that gave immortality, “since,” as Ratzinger explains, “to be immortal in this [fallen] condition would… be perdition.” Scientists “with genetic codes available to them [are] starting to pick from the tree of life and make themselves the lords of life and death, to reassemble life…”[click to continue...]
The CBC’s “Fact Sheet” also lists health risks to females selling their eggs, which include the following:
“Risks include Ovarian Hyper Stimulation syndrome (OHSS) due to superovulation, loss of fertility, ovarian torsion, blood clots, kidney disease, premature menopause, ovarian cysts, chronic pelvic pain, stroke, reproductive cancers, and in some cases, death.”[click to continue...]
The Journal of Medical Ethics article argues that those who are deemed ‘brain dead’ are actually biologically alive. Yet, the medical establishment refuses to acknowledge as much, in part because the organ transplantation industry relies so heavily on the prevailing definition of death.[click to continue...]
Finally, I imagine most every priest and deacon who preaches from the pulpit wants to be well-received. The consolation that comes from a pat on the back after a good sermon feels good. Thus, to broach on subjects that make people squirm in their seats means risking to be disliked.
Pope Saint John Paul II foresaw this and has an exhortation for those facing this human frailty.[click to continue...]
Human ingenuity has turned reproductive science into a legalized form of eugenics.
The Northwestern study co-author, Dr. Eve Feinberg is quoted in the university report as admitting as much:
“There are no tools currently available that tell us if it’s a good quality egg… Often we don’t know whether the egg or embryo is truly viable until we see if a pregnancy ensues.
“That’s the reason this is so transformative. If we have the ability up front to see what is a good egg and what’s not, it will help us know which embryo to transfer, avoid a lot of heartache and achieve pregnancy much more quickly.”
Undoubtedly, we have entered into the Brave New World.[click to continue...]
You may have heard it posited before. Perhaps a deceased, unborn child can be credited with the grace of baptism of desire, because the child’s parents desired to baptize their child upon birth.
This idea is often bandied as a comfort to those of us parents who have lost children to miscarriage, especially.
It is a pious thought to desire baptism for every soul. Surely we want every child to go to Heaven. But does it hold up theologically?[click to continue...]