Every human life has value.

pregnancy2-web.jpgJennifer Lahl on the growing trend of “social surrogacy”:

So, assisted reproductive technologies, which started out as a way to help infertile couples have children, has now “progressed” to just a service provider industry, providing babies made to order when and how we want them.

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Just the latest example of ‘Reproductive Rights’ Run Amock.

April 24th, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Earlier today I was on Catholic radio in Lexington, KY, talking to Mike Allen of the Mike Allen Show about how John Paul II helped lay the foundation for building a culture of life. We didn’t have time to cover everything, but I think we managed hit on several important points.

Click the play button below to listen to the show. I come on about 19 minutes past the hour.

For more, see JP II and the Culture of Life. Who else excited about this canonization??

Since Mike mentioned the eventful Easter weekend I had while I was on his show, I figure here is as good a place as any to also do a little cute nephew blogging!

An Easter baptism! Alleluia!
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I just left him yesterday and I’m already having Cruz withdrawals!
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See more cute nephew blogging.

Happy third day of Easter, everyone! May you all encounter our living and true God and experience His infinite mercy and love.

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

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At 5 pm Eastern I will be on the air in Lexington, KY talking about the soon-to-be Saint JP II and how he helped lay the groundwork for building a culture of life. Tune in live from anywhere at realliferadio.com.

That’s right. I met a saint.
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April 22nd, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

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image: The Lamentation, Peter Paul Rubens c. 1609

Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. -from an ancient homily on Holy Saturday

Do not hurry by the cross on your way to Easter joy

“The night becomes darker in fact before the morning begins, before the light begins. God intervenes in the darkest moment and resuscitates.” -Pope Francis, April 14, 2014

April 19th, 2014 at 10:09 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

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“Look to the crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus…He has taken upon himself the whole of human suffering.” -Pope Francis, April 14, 2014

Christ Teaches Us How to Die

April 18th, 2014 at 11:11 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

inda-surrogacy2.jpgChristopher White from the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network has a great article in Forbe’s. In it he makes the case that surrogate parenthood for money is a form of human trafficking.

He also recently co-authored a piece for the National Review with Jennifer Lahl on Why Gestational Surrogacy is Wrong.

They’re both thoughtful pieces for a society that desperately needs to think.

We need to take our blinders off. To look past the feel-good narratives and think logically about what is really going on here and where it is taking us.

I don’t deny that many people who chose to use these technologies do so after much heartfelt deliberation and that they love and care for the children they create. But that doesn’t change the reality of the situation.

Quoting Jessica Kern, a woman conceived and born via anonymous egg donation and surrogacy:

“As much as I do believe that surrogacy can come from a compassionate place… as a product of surrogacy, it’s hard not to be aware of the fact that there is a price tag. There is an awareness that, you know, in essence, you were bought by the family that you grew up with. You are a product at the end of the day.”

What makes all of this even worse is that, when these children finally start seeking out their biological heritage and questioning the way they were conceived, many of them are told to “get over it”. They wouldn’t be alive without this technology, so they should really be thankful for it.

“If that were true, then anyone who is the product of a rape would have to endorse rape,” said Barry Stevens, one of 500-1,000 half-siblings fathered by a fertility clinic owner in the U.K. “It’s quite possible to be grateful for your life and question aspects of your conception.”

Some will argue that IVF and surrogacy are just like adoption, where money also changes hands. But, Alana Newman, donor conceived, explains why that is far from the case. Adoption is all about what’s in the best interest of the child, whereas third party reproduction is about serving the best interests of adults.

And that’s really the problem here. Most of the consideration within surrogacy is towards the adults and what they want and what they’re looking for, not what’s in the best interest of the children. It’s time we give these people a fair hearing.

April 17th, 2014 at 4:26 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

drdeath.jpgJack Kevorkian was a convicted murderer who, even after being released from prison, bragged about having “assisted” the suicides of at least 130 people. Unlike most felons once they’re released, his status as a convicted murderer treated Kevorkian quite well.

Not only was he several high profile, high paying speaking engagements and interviews to defend his actions and spread his poisonous pro-euthanasia/assisted suicide beliefs, but he also got to rub shoulders with the rich and famous when a movie about his life and “cause” was nominated for and won a few of Hollywood’s elite awards.

Kevorkian wasn’t just a killer. He was a very disturbed man who was obsessed with death and human experimentation. An obsession proven not only by his chosen “profession” but also his “artwork” that is currently on display at an art gallery in Los Angeles.

coma.png“The Last Paintings By Jack ‘Dr. Death’ Kevorkian” at the Gallerie Sparta is showcasing 11 original oil paintings of the late suicide enthusiast. Many of these paintings depict some aspect of disease and human suffering. One, called “Coma,” depicts an unconscious patient, silhouetted by an ominous pair of skeletal hands, being sucked into a death mask which resembles a CAT scan machine.

Each Painting comes with a price tag of between $28-45k. All of the proceeds will go to his estate and the West Hollywood gallery where they are being sold. Whatever does not get sold will reportedly be donated to the Smithsonian.

The exhibition also includes the assisted suicide machine that Kevorkian designed and built (pictured here). That’s right. The very same contraption helped inject a series of lethal drugs into over 100 terminal — and some non-terminal — patients. It too is for sale to the highest bidder with a starting price of $25,000.

Gross. I can’t even.

The most unsettling thing about the whole “cult of Kevorkian” is that the man is honored not despite, but precisely for being a killer. He is hailed as an advocate for the “rights” of the terminally and seriously ill.

News stories even speak of his “efforts in the field of medicine and bioethics” without a hint of irony, giving credence to Kevorkian’s claim that what he was proving was “a medical service.”

Death, as I have said many, many times, is not medicine. It cannot be said that euthanasia, assisted suicide or any sort of “mercy killing” eliminates suffering. Rather, what it does is eliminate the person who suffers.

Things like this destroy humanity. Our duty as human beings is to love and care for the suffering, not kill them. That a man like Kevorkian is heralded by so many, even after his own death, for doing just the opposite doesn’t speak well of the state of our current society.

April 11th, 2014 at 5:18 am | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

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Registration is open for the 2014 International Theology of the Body Congress. The theme this year is “Love, Mercy and the New Evangelization” and will focus on the important pastoral work of leading all men and women to Christ.

The Congress will be held in a the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia, July 9-11, and will offer:

    –The most expansive gathering of marriage and family experts, enthusiasts, Church leaders, DREs and youth ministers ever assembled for review and discussion of this beautiful teaching in light of the Catholic position;

    –Three days of more than 30 seminars, roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses featuring leading experts discussing a wide array of Theology of the Body-related themes and topics such as art and culture, Creed and catechesis;

    –An opportunity for sharing and collaboration between key Theology of the Body leaders, catechists, Church leaders and teachers from around the country;

    –A convergence of Catholic vendors specializing in Theology of the Body-related products and services as resources for furthering the message and teaching of this extraordinary body of work;

    –Two breakfasts, a luncheon and two dinners, as well as networking and a special awards presentation honoring individuals who have shown excellence in promotion and understanding of Theology of the Body;

    –A chance for spiritual growth through Eucharistic adoration, reconciliation and daily mass at the Basilica Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul.

Someday I’d love to go to one of these. Just check out this awesome crop of speakers.

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Register at TOBCongress.com. Early registration ends April 20!

April 8th, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

As I suspected, I haven’t had time for much this week beyond spending time with my sister and spoiling my nephew. Hope to be back to normal blogging mode next week (though, lately posting has been a lot lighter than “normal,” anyway).

In the meantime, here are some more pics of Cruz for you to drool over. I may be a little biased, but I’m pretty sure he’s the cutest baby in the history of the world.

Cruzin down the street in my 64…
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Laughing at daddy.
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Baby’s first beach day!
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More sleepytime.
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April 4th, 2014 at 11:54 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Well, it only took two and a half months, but yesterday I finally got to meet my new nephew!

My sister and her fiancé got in yesterday morning and this is pretty much how I spent the entire day.

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And it was heaven.

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Smiles!
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He’s got this Florida thing down!
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Life’s rough.
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Those toes!! #omnomnom
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Needless to say, I did not get a whole lot done yesterday…and may not the rest of the week!

April 2nd, 2014 at 5:54 am | Comments & Trackbacks (0) | Permalink