Womb for rent

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Article Ethic of Life Marriage and Family
  
Have infertile couples taken a maternity leave of their senses?

Death-it's a part of life

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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

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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."


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."


The Murder of Darrell Grayson

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Article Ethic of Life
Walking to Alabama's death chamber with his friend changed Father Sebastian Muccilli's life. He writes of his hope that Darrell Grayson's story may change our attitudes about the death penalty as well.

After comforting a death-row inmate in his final days, a priest has devoted himself to the cause of abolishing the death penalty.


The Murder of Darrell Grayson

By Father Sebastian Muccilli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
Walking to Alabama's death chamber with his friend changed Father Sebastian Muccilli's life. He writes of his hope that Darrell Grayson's story may change our attitudes about the death penalty as well.

After comforting a death-row inmate in his final days, a priest has devoted himself to the cause of abolishing the death penalty.


A little less confrontation, a little more action

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Article Ethic of Life
After more than 30 years of stalemate, some on both sides of the abortion debate are ready to put down their signs and start trying to work together.


A little less confrontation, a little more action

By Vincent Gragnani| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ethic of Life
After more than 30 years of stalemate, some on both sides of the abortion debate are ready to put down their signs and start trying to work together.


The sky is falling. No, really.

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Article Environment Ethic of Life
Even if Kristin Shrader-Frechette's mother hadn't died of an environmentally-induced cancer at the age of 43, leaving seven children motherless in Kentucky, chances are the Notre Dame professor would still have grown up to be a dynamo researcher and scholar working for environmental justice.

Not only does she know her science-with degrees in mathematics and philosophy as well as post-doctoral work in biology, hydroecology, and economics-she is also well versed in Catholic social teaching.


Inconceivable: The spiritual test of infertility

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Article Ethic of Life Sex and Sexuality Women
God said, "Be fruitful and multiply." But millions of couples can't do that on their own, and the spiritual struggles are often as daunting as the physical and emotional ones.

 

New parents often describe childbirth and their part in procreation in religious, almost mystical, terms. It's a "miracle," "awesome," "glorious." Giving birth to their children is why God put them on this earth, a vocation, more important than anything else they will ever do. Some even see it as sharing in God's creative power.

So what if you were told you could never have that?


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