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Performance review: Readers rate President Obama

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U.S. Catholic readers provide a progress report on Barack Obama’s first term in office.

Capitol gains: New strategies in the pro-life movement

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New strategies are paying off for the pro-life movement.

Resources: How to invest faithfully and responsibly

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Here are some links to get you investing with some social responsibility.

As You Sow
News on socially responsible investing

Business & Human Rights Resource CentreTracks both positive and negative impacts of more than 5,100 companies worldwide

Christian Brothers Investment Services


How parishes can help infertile couples

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These are just some of the ways that the parish can be a resource to couples experiencing infertility.

• Raise the issue of infertility at the pre-Cana marriage preparation meetings. It would alert couples to the reality that conceiving a baby isn’t always easy, while providing an opportunity to walk through the do’s and don’ts of church teaching.

• Establish a diocesan network of support for infertile couples, regardless of what treatment choices they have made or are considering.


Hard to conceive: Sometimes getting pregnant isn't easy--or possible

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Alternatives such as those offered by Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha don’t work for every couple.

And in vitro fertilization (IVF) is not an easy step to take for those struggling with infertility, both because of moral and monetary concerns. Still, the desire for children, which many attribute to God, outweighs everything for couples such as the Mahons.


A perfect joy: A child with Down's syndrome

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Are our ethics keeping pace with the current genetic revolution?

Fifty years ago, when geneticist James Watson and physicist Francis Crick uncovered the structure of DNA, they proudly declared, “We have found the secret of life.” Thus began the race to map the genetic code that determines who we are, what we look like, how long we’ll live, and what’s in store for our children and grandchildren. As that mapping is virtually completed today, we find ourselves in the discomfiting and morally perilous position of having our ethics outpaced by our research.


Internal medicine: End of life ethics with Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M.

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The debate about death with dignity needs the wisdom of the Catholic spiritual tradition, says this physician and bioethicist.

Pastoral discretion advised: Is excommunication the best response?

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Law must always be tempered by mercy if justice is to be truly served.

Excommunication was once considered a passé feature of the ancient church, conjuring up images of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV walking barefoot in the snow in 1077 to Canossa to seek the mercy of Pope Gregory VII. Or perhaps one thinks of the memorable scene from Becket, when Richard Burton's Archbishop Thomas, with no lack of ceremony, turns his authority against Peter O'Toole's King Henry II.


It's time to take our medicine: An interview with Sister Carol Keehan, D.C.

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Health care reform is about more than reducing insurance premiums, says this Catholic health care executive. It’s about caring for the sick.

On March 5, 2009, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity and president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), which represents more than 600 Catholic hospitals and medical facilities, participated in a White House roundtable on health care reform. The gathering included members of Congress, journalists, and invited interested parties, such as Keehan.


A Catholic doctor’s Good Samaritan plan

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When I give talks on health care reform to faith communities, I often use the parable of the Good Samaritan.

After the priest and the Levite have passed by an injured traveler, the Samaritan man is moved with compassion, providing first aid and then medical care for the stranger. The parable poignantly exemplifies the core tenet of our Catholic social teaching: the respect for human dignity. Sadly, the United States is alone among industrialized societies in its failure to recognize the fundamental right to health care that human dignity demands.


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