A Catholic doctor’s Good Samaritan plan

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
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.


Michael Denson: Walking the last mile with death row inmates

By Michelle Bearden| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life

Michael Denson lives in a state where 87 percent of the residents support the death penalty.

As far as the Frisco, Texas man is concerned, that's all the more reason for him to devote his spare hours to serving a population that his fellow Texans would just as soon see disappear.


Michael Denson: Walking the last mile with death row inmates

By Michelle Bearden| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life

Michael Denson lives in a state where 87 percent of the residents support the death penalty.

As far as the Frisco, Texas man is concerned, that's all the more reason for him to devote his spare hours to serving a population that his fellow Texans would just as soon see disappear.


Frosty reception

By Carol Crossed| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
A casual encounter in Greenland has an American pro-life activist gritting her teeth.

I was in the Arctic Circle, in Greenland, for some R&R and to learn about polar explorations. Having fallen in love with a pair of child's sealskin slippers, I was poised to buy them.

"You are from the United States, no?" the woman behind the counter asked in her nicest ever tour-guide voice. "It is one country you cannot bring in the skin of the seal."


Frosty reception

By Carol Crossed| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
A casual encounter in Greenland has an American pro-life activist gritting her teeth.

I was in the Arctic Circle, in Greenland, for some R&R and to learn about polar explorations. Having fallen in love with a pair of child's sealskin slippers, I was poised to buy them.

"You are from the United States, no?" the woman behind the counter asked in her nicest ever tour-guide voice. "It is one country you cannot bring in the skin of the seal."


How do you say "pro-life" in French?

By Simon Caldwell| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Politics
The politics of abortion in Europe is both more complex and more nuanced than on this side of the Atlantic.

How do you say "pro-life" in French?

By Simon Caldwell| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Politics
The politics of abortion in Europe is both more complex and more nuanced than on this side of the Atlantic.

Use your inside voice: Why media shouting is bad for the pro-life cause

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Politics
The high pitch of pro-life advocacy could heed some old-fashioned parental guidance.

Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
While Catholic moral teaching on medical treatment has been in place for hundreds of years, the last three decades have seen increased development and debate.

Voices from the debate: The church on end-of-life care

By Heather Grennan Gary| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
While Catholic moral teaching on medical treatment has been in place for hundreds of years, the last three decades have seen increased development and debate.

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