Life support: U.S. Catholic readers on what it means to be pro-life

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Article Ethic of Life
The pro-life movement is hardly monolithic, those responding to U.S. Catholic's Reader Survey reveal, and that's a good thing. Activists, nurses, priests, and parents are all needed to create a culture of life.

Two things become immediately apparent whenever Catholics are tapped to discuss the role of faith in defending human life.


What is the debate about stem cells?

By FATHER THOMAS NAIRN, O.F.M.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life

Think of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease or a child with spinal cord injuries. Imagine a treatment that promises their recovery at the cost of destroying "spare" embryos from fertility clinics, embryos that will probably be discarded anyway.


With liberty and health care for all

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
In this article from the U.S. Catholic archives, Kevin Clarke explored the state of our U.S. health care in 2004, capturing the effects of a crisis that we're still trying to solve five years later.

With liberty and health care for all

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
In this article from the U.S. Catholic archives, Kevin Clarke explored the state of our U.S. health care in 2004, capturing the effects of a crisis that we're still trying to solve five years later.

With liberty and health care for all

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
In this article from the U.S. Catholic archives, Kevin Clarke explored the state of our U.S. health care in 2004, capturing the effects of a crisis that we're still trying to solve five years later.

Postively pro-life

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Article Ethic of Life
Catholics must focus on the battle for hearts and minds to be successful in the effort to end abortion.

The United States will make history this month, inaugurating its first African-American president on January 20, a day that nearly coincides with another momentous event 36 years ago: the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that found a right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.


Hidden in plain sight

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Article Ethic of Life Social Justice
The shadow world of human trafficking

The beating was the final straw. The relentless daily psychological abuse had been bad enough; the endless days of work stretching into weeks and finally into months had been exhausting beyond endurance. Somehow she managed to get through.


Irreconcilable differences Wrestling with American prolife politics

By Robert J. McClory| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Politics

Last December Bishop Raymond Burke then of the relatively small, mostly rural Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, made national and international news with a simple directive: Catholic legislators in his diocese who continue to support abortion "may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion," he said. And should they present themselves, he added, "they are not to be allowed to receive until such time as they renounce these most unjust practices."

The directive precipitated a series of similar condemnations by other bishops in the following months.


My greatest hope

By Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Ethic of Life Social Justice Spirituality War and Peace Women

Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B. on the church in the world
People all over this globe, with all their racial and cultural differences, have to learn to live together in peace and work for the common good of all. My hope would be that the church would show by example how people of different cultures and races can respect one an-other's legitimate differences and live as a creative global organism.


Prenatal testing

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Article Ethic of Life

The preselection technology that will advance the future's construction of the perfect child already exists. Prefertilization genetic screening and prenatal testing have instituted a de facto "quality control" filter into the process of human reproduction, says Jeannie Hannemann, a family life minister and one of the founders of the Elizabeth Ministry, an international mentoring service for women during pregnancy.


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