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 United States. Participants in the … Read More
Pope Francis to “Hangout” with Children with Disabilities
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 in partnership with Scholas, back … Read More
Protectress of the Unborn
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 prayers be united to your … Read More
Cute Cancun Baby Blogging
I recently got to spend almost a whole week with my nephew (aka the cutest baby on the planet) in Cancun for my baby sister’s wedding. Here is some of the cuteness for your viewing pleasure. Click each image to enlarge. Thanksgiving day on the beach with the cutest cabana boy in Cancun. Three ZimmerWomen and a baby. With his … Read More
A Heartbreaking Journey Through IVF
According to official figures released in recent years in the UK, over 30 embryos are created for every ONE baby born by IVF. To help personalize those staggering numbers a bit, “Jenny Vaughn” (a pseudonym) shares her journey through IVF, which involved creating 31 tiny human beings in a lab. The doctor had retrieved 38 good eggs, of which 31 … Read More
SAINT JP II, We Still Love You!
Happy first feast day, papa! ICYMI: earlier this year I talked to Mike Allen 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 … Read More
CGS Newsletter: Frozen Eggs, Rented Wombs, Gene Tests and More!
The latest newsletter for the Center for Genetics and Society is out. Lots of good stuff in here — especially about the recent decision by Facebook and Apple to offer their female employees a $20,000 benefit to freeze their eggs for later use with in vitro fertilization. Check it out!
Because, let’s face it, we could all use a little more of it. Litany of Humility O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved… From the desire of being extolled … From the desire of being honored … From the desire of being praised … Read More
America’s Eugenic History
A few weeks ago, I commented on the new memorial to Nazi euthanasia victims with a reminder that Germany’s eugenics movement did not start with Hitler, but German professors and other intellectuals. A commenter on that post noted that eugenic practices in Europe actually originated here in America. He’s right and, while I failed to mention it then, I have mentioned it several … Read More
Nazi Euthanasia Victims Remembered
I mentioned last year that work had begun on a memorial in Germany for the 300,000 people murdered by the Nazis for having mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. That memorial finally opened last week in Berlin. “The Nazi murders of disabled people are among the most inhumane acts of history,” said Mayor Klaus Wowereit. “It is high time … Read More