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No, this is not a joke or an onion parody. There is actually a man in Russia who has volunteered to receive the world’s first human head transplant (or body transplant, depending on how you look at it). Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a rare form of spinal muscular dystrophy called Werdnig-Hoffman disease, recently met […]

Posted at: June 25th, 2015 - 4:28 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Always a pleasure getting up before the sunrises to chat about bioethics with Mike Allen. Yesterday morning we discussed the ethical questions surrounding transhumanism and the movement against surrogacy. http://www.reflectionsofaoaralytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-05-27-15a.m4a http://www.reflectionsofaoaralytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-05-27-15b.m4a (Can’t see the players? Click here and here for direct links to each segment.) If you haven’t yet, please sign your name to the […]

Posted at: May 28th, 2015 - 6:51 am - Number of Comments » 0

Smarter Every Day is one of my favorite channels on YouTube. I’m not a big science/physics buff. But Destin manages to make it all really fun and interesting. A few years ago I shared with you one of my favorite SED videos “Why You Didn’t Die at Childbirth“, explaining how human beings go from breathing […]

Posted at: May 25th, 2015 - 12:05 pm - Number of Comments » 0

The other day I took Grammerly’s Who is your poet BFF? quiz and got Maya Angelou. I didn’t immediately think much of the results. It was just a fun little distraction. But then I read the poem that was listed on the author’s page there, and wow. I was surprised by how much I was […]

Posted at: April 16th, 2015 - 5:11 am - Number of Comments » 1

During a radio interview this morning about the coming 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, I was reminded of something Archbishop Chaput said about the encyclical in his book Render Unto Caesar. After explaining that the book was a response to someone who asked him to write down his thoughts about Catholics in public service to […]

Posted at: March 24th, 2015 - 6:57 am - Number of Comments » 0

I’m a little late (okay, really late) promoting this, but recently a couple of people started a special novena celebrating the 20th Anniversary of St. JP II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) — which is this coming March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The novena started on March 16 […]

Posted at: March 20th, 2015 - 12:59 pm - Number of Comments » 0

This week MPs in the House of Commons voted 382-128 to make Britain the first country in the world to offer controversial ‘three-parent’ fertility treatments. A further vote is required in the House of Lords, but according to the BBC, if everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year. This is […]

Posted at: February 6th, 2015 - 6:18 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Pope Francis is well known for stopping his motorcade and getting down to reach out and embrace people with disabilities who come to his audiences. Today, the Holy Father used the wonders of technology to reach out virtually and chat with a handful of children with special needs and disabilities in various countries, including the […]

Posted at: February 5th, 2015 - 12:15 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Tomorrow (2/5/15), Pope Francis will be participating in a Google Hangout with a handful of children with special needs and disabilities in various countries (Spain, Brazil, India and the US). This hangout is in partnership with Scholas Ocurrentes, an educational organization he established. This will be the pontiff’s second Hangout — he held a first, also […]

Posted at: February 4th, 2015 - 6:52 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Happy feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn and Mother of the Americas! Our Lady of Guadalupe, we turn to you who are the protectress of unborn children and ask that you intercede for us, so that we may more firmly resolve to join you in protecting all human life. Let our […]

Posted at: December 12th, 2014 - 11:29 pm - Number of Comments » 0