“Here, too, when the common reference to values and ultimately to God is lost, society will then appear merely as an ensemble of individuals placed side by side, and the contract which ties them together will necessarily be perceived as an accord among those who have the power to impose their will on others.”[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...]
“It follows that the inevitable law and the obstinate passion of Naturalism is to dethrone Our Lord Jesus Christ and to drive him from the world. This will be the task of [the] Antichrist and it is Satan‘s ambition…”[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 right-to-life movement would be essentially erased, if pro-life advocates adopt Renkl’s short-sighted supposed solution.
Let’s begin by observing the most obvious error in her thinking. That is, by agreeing to not talk about the issues of abortion, contraception, so-called “gay marriage,” L.G.B.T. issues, and so forth, we would thus guarantee their further decaying of our culture. Only by shining a light into the darkness of sinful behavior does such behavior ever end. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them,” the Bible instructs (Eph 5:11).[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...]
Or how about the fact that these women are coming face-to-face with the father of their future child? So what if they didn’t pick him out of a catalog?
At least they get to put a face to their benefactor. They get to meet the stranger, whose baby they are paying him to carry for themselves![click to continue...]
In my experience I do not find the defiance against the Church to be on an intellectual level as much as it is a matter of the heart.
Far more people reject Catholic moral teachings because they simply do not want them to be true than because they think the teachings are untrue.
Catholic author GK Chesterton famously observed, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”[click to continue...]
“This moral condemnation also regards procedures that exploit living human embryos and fetuses-sometimes specifically ‘produced’ for this purpose by in vitro fertilization—either to be used as ‘biological material’ or as providers of organs or tissue for transplants in the treatment of certain diseases. The killing of innocent human creatures, even if carried out to help others, constitutes an absolutely unacceptable act” (Evangelium Vitae, 63).[click to continue...]