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

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


Prenatal testing

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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.


Let’s tailor the seamless garment

By Mary Meehan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Sex and Sexuality War and Peace
We have stretched out the consistent ethic of life on both sides of the political debate, an activist argues. Trimming out all but the key issues would set our priorities straight.

 

We were a hopeful band of prolife peaceniks, venturing out one summer day in 1979 to dialogue with other folks on the left. They were demonstrating in Cincinnati against a National Right to Life Convention. We passed leaflets out to them and carried picket signs with messages such as "Anti-War=Prolife/Be Consistent!"


Death takes a holiday

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice
But the question is whether executions will take a permanent vacation in the United States.

Something didn't happen in October that you may not have noticed not happening. For the first time in three years, no one in the United States was executed by the state. Confronted by mounting evidence that "improvements" in the process of state-administered homicide may not be as merciful to the condemned as advertised, the U.S. Supreme Court gave notice to America's judiciary that it intended to review the process.


Death takes a holiday

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Politics Social Justice
But the question is whether executions will take a permanent vacation in the United States.

Something didn't happen in October that you may not have noticed not happening. For the first time in three years, no one in the United States was executed by the state. Confronted by mounting evidence that "improvements" in the process of state-administered homicide may not be as merciful to the condemned as advertised, the U.S. Supreme Court gave notice to America's judiciary that it intended to review the process.


Womb for rent

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life Marriage and Family
  
Have infertile couples taken a maternity leave of their senses?

Death-it's a part of life

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
Myles Sheehan has two jobs that cause him to walk with death on a regular basis: One, he's a doctor specializing in the care of old people; two, he's a Jesuit priest. He's also an Irish Catholic from Boston, where wakes constitute a hefty portion of one's social activities from childhood onward. So it isn't altogether surprising that when he speaks about what makes a good death, people listen.

 


Men and abortion

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
  
"The clinic was a very cold place. We spoke to a counselor who asked us if we felt that we knew what we were doing. They told me it would be better if I left and came back to pick her up later. So I went out to get some air. I found out later that she'd had second thoughts and come out looking for me. But I wasn't there. So she went ahead with the abortion. That was the hardest thing because I wasn't there when she needed me."


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