Funding Chimera Research: Your Chance to Speak Up

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By this point, many, if not most of you have heard that the NIH recently announced that it will probably lift a ban on funding for animal-human chimeras. To be clear, there are no federal laws prohibiting any of this, other than one statute that prohibits gestating a human baby in an animal womb (fetus farming). Last September, the NIH … Read More

Audio: On Me Before You and the Scientifically Progressive Catholic Church

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“I had heard this was a good book and read it. I was horrified.” That was the reaction from a friend of mine to the book Me Before You, which has been made into a major motion picture hitting theaters this weekend. Last Friday I talked to Mike Allen about why Me Before You is yet another bad chapter in … Read More

A Gift From God or Science?

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I know many people who consider third party reproduction (3PR) a “gift from God” to suffering infertile couples. But as far as I can see, 3PR is and has been, more than anything I’ve seen in modern history, a prime example of human beings “playing God.” The latest example comes from American model Chrissy Teigen and her Grammy winning husband, … Read More

“Mother”

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Happy New Year and, more importantly, a blessed solemnity of Mary the Mother of God! Andrea Solario, Madonna With the Green Cushion The body is noble because the Son of God, in assuming flesh, did not do so by appearing in the full bloom and blossom of manhood. He thought so much of it that He took His Body from … Read More

Holy Innocents: Yesterday and Today

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A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. -Jeremiah 31:15 Today, December 28, the Church remembers the “Holy Innocents” who lost their lives in Bethlehem shortly after Christ’s birth. Then it was all boys age two and under who … Read More

Bioethics and the Birth of Christ

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This is a classic post, from Msgr. Charles Pope on “Bioethics and the Birth of Christ”: As we approach Christmas we ought to ponder the magnificence of human conception, gestation, birth and life. Even as we extoll the birth of Jesus, we also do well to acknowledge the awesome and mysterious truth that every human person emerges not merely from … Read More

The Immaculate Conception

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I’m always amazed when people try to come up with a religious argument for supporting the destruction of nascent human life. I’ve heard the “abortion isn’t mentioned in the bible” line and, of course, the excuse that some fathers of the Church thought ensoulment was delayed till a few weeks after conception. That’s why I love today’s feast commemorating the … Read More

Their Problems Are Our Problems

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In his address to Congress last month, Pope Francis expressed concern for the family, which he says is “threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without.” He particularly called attention to, “those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young.” The children. When society starts messing around with the meaning of marriage and family, it’s always the children … Read More

BioTalk: Stem Cell Debate Not Dead Yet

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On the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, Dr. Oz declared that the stem cell debate was effectively “over”. He explained that embryonic stem cells were harder to control and touted the then brand new discovery of induced pluripotent (Ips) stem cells. I know many in the pro-life movement who agree with Dr. Oz’ assessment and, in many ways, he was … Read More

My Lady of Sorrows

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Today the Catholic Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows. Today also happens to be my birthday, so this feast has always kind of been a bit of a personal one for me. Our Lady was so intimately linked with the redemptive work of her Son that she shared in His sufferings here … Read More