February 17, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam.
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February 17, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON

This month I would like to begin with a story.  A pregnant mother walks into a clinic seeking an abortion.  She is undocumented, originally from Guatemala.  She receives counseling and instead of an abortion chooses to give birth to her son, Mateo.  The mother moves in with Mateo’s father, finds work off and on, is a victim of domestic abuse and eventually moves out.  She and Mateo couch surf and live in shelters for most of the boy’s youth. 


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February 3, 2017  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
Spend a day in a surgery waiting room and you’ll witness a hundred quiet acts of mercy.
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January 20, 2017  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate towards arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy. Because women are frequently the immediate guardians of the next generation, they have a particular need to ascertain if there will be steady support from a man prior to giving themselves sexually to him. The bond of marriage is ordered towards securing this critical element of ongoing commitment and support. Cohabitation, where a man and woman decide to live together and engage in sexual relations without marriage, raises a host of issues and concerns. Sex, of course, has a certain power all its own, and both sides may be tempted to play with it in ways that are potentially damaging, all the more so when they decide to cohabit.
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November 18, 2016  |  By GEORGE WEIGEL

Looking for some uplift after this tawdry election cycle? Some inspiration for tackling what lies ahead? A good way to enrich Advent? Examples of sanctity to help you be the missionary disciple you were baptized to be? Then let me recommend Bishop Robert Barron’s new DVD series, “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players.”


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October 25, 2016  |  By GEORGE WEIGEL
This past summer, three elderly members of my summer parish in rural Quebec received a diagnosis of cancer at the local hospital, a small-town facility an hour's drive from cosmopolitan Ottawa and even farther from hyper-secular Montreal. Yet after the diagnosis had been delivered, the first question each of these people was asked was "Do you wish to be euthanized?" That is what the new Canadian euthanasia regime has accomplished in just a few months: It has put euthanasia at the top of the menu of options proposed to the gravely ill.
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August 24, 2016  |  By CONNIE PRATT

In November, Coloradans will be voting on a ballot initiative that would legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS). In the following article, Catholic journalist Connie Pratt, a member of Holy Trinity Parish, rebuts common arguments and dispels common myths regarding assisted suicide.


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August 18, 2016  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
When I arrived in Kraków for the 2016 World Youth Day, I was pretty exhausted, having left Los Angeles some 15 hours earlier and having had to change planes in Munich. But I was enthused as I approached my first appointment right in the heart of the Old City. Through the good ministrations of George Weigel, the world’s leading expert on John Paul II, I was one of a group of bishops and priests invited to spend time with the original youth group of Father Karol Wojtyła.
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June 17, 2016  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Seeing Through the Intersex ConfusionOn rare occasions, babies can be born with ambiguous genitalia, and parents and physicians may be uncertain about whether a newborn is a little boy or a little girl. While testing for sex chromosomes is invariably part of figuring out these cases, the genetics alone may not always tell the whole story.
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