Stem Cell Ambiguity: The Gordie Howe Case Highlights the Need for Clearer Terminology

06/23/2015 Comments (3)

Adult stem cells: They're the good kind, right? They come from tissue contributed by an adult donor, right?

Well, not exactly. This week, pro-lifers criticized the treatments administered to two prominent sports heroes, hockey great Gordie Howe and retired pro quarterback John Brodie, utilizing “adult stem cells” which were, contrary to earlier reports, drawn from an aborted fetus. 

Why the confusion? Well, back in February Dave McGuigan, vice president of Stemedica Cell Technologies, the San Diego biopharmaceutical company which developed and manufactured the biological compounds used to treat Howe and Brodie, assured the media that “only adult stem cells were used” in the injections....READ MORE

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Card. Kasper Was Right About One Thing: Synod Won't Alter Church Teaching on Gay Unions

06/23/2015 Comments (10)

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While media coverage of the Synod has stirred expectations in some quarters that Pope Francis could extend a measure of pastoral support to same-sex unions,  Cardinal Walter Kasper told EWTN's Raymond Arroyo in a June 11 interview that no such proposal would be on the table.

"The question is not what we say about homosexual unions," Cardinal Kasper told Raymond Arroyo. "The problem is how to help families when a boy or girl comes and has this attraction ... how to help them. And I think the council [synod], the council is a council about family; it’s a council about marriage and our Catholic understanding. Such a homosexual union is not a marriage and is not a family; and, therefore, I...READ MORE

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6 Things You Need for Prayer

06/23/2015 Comment

Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into your hands. St. Peter directed St. Teresa of Avila on difficult questions she had about prayer and she turned to this work for guidance.

I’ll be sharing excerpts from the book here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them and growing closer to God as a result. Today's excerpt comes from the first chapter of the book, "Perspective on Meditation and Devotion."

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer

These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter...READ MORE

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Of Sanctity, Old Yeller, and the Plague: A Post-Father’s Day Retrospective

06/22/2015 Comments (2)

Fatherhood must be at the core of the universe.
C.S. Lewis

Years ago, following a family viewing of Old Yeller, I asked my kids what they thought the movie was about. The responses were what you’d expect: “Growing up,” and “Life on the frontier,” and, of course, “It’s sad – the dog dies.” After everyone had a chance to chime in, I made this observation: “I think it’s about fatherhood.”

“What? Fatherhood?” everyone objected. “No way! The father is gone most of the movie!”

It’s true. Fess Parker probably wasn’t paid much for his role as the dad, because he only appears in two brief scenes: Once, at the very beginning, as his character bids farewell to his family, and once at the very end...READ MORE

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Cash-Strapped VA Debates Withholding Treatment From Some Vets

06/22/2015 Comments (4)

The slippery slope of health-care rationing, fueled by a gaping budget shortfall, is now an issue at the Veterans' Administration. 

Last year, long waits and allegedly fraudulent practices that misrepresented the number of vets actually served in VA hospitals prompted calls for a top-down reform of the federal agency.

But a year later, as those same hospitals scramble to facilitate a surge in demand for medical services, we learn that a looming budget crisis and rising costs for an expensive Hepatitis C treatment, has  prompted administrators to consider rationing the treatment, which doesn't only alleviate symptoms of the disease, but can actually cure it. The New York Times provided...READ MORE

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Back to the Tradition!

06/22/2015 Comments (16)

The closest you ever get to a poll in Scripture occurs in this memorable exchange:

Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he was wont to do for them. And he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the...READ MORE

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The Logic of Baptism

06/21/2015 Comments (4)

According to Jesus, is baptism important for salvation?

There is a classic passage in the final chapter of Mark’s Gospel, where we read:

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:15-16].

Christians through the ages have seen in this passage a powerful statement of the importance of baptism. Taken at face value, it indicates that baptism is instrumental in salvation.

Or does it?

Some (though by no means all) in the Protestant community argue that this passage doesn’t do that. Let’s look at a few such arguments.


Jesus’ Statements and Logic

The first argument is based on the logical structure...READ MORE

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Why I'm Away for Father's Day

06/21/2015 Comments (7)

Father's Day. Yay. I have five kids so I should be having breakfast served to me while I languish in bed, enjoying their acknowledgement of my awesome Dad-ness, and rejoicing as my precious children ask what they can do for their wonderful father. Y'know, dream stuff. But none of that is happening today. None of it would've anyway but it especially can't today because I'm away for Father's Day.

I feel bad about it. But I think it's the right decision. I'm attending Notre Dame's Vita Institute by the Center for Ethics and Culture. This is my first time leaving the kids for a few days. It's hard. There were tears and gnashing of teeth from the little ones. Loooooong hugs. I felt terrible....READ MORE

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