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The Case of Terri Shiavo - Fr. William Saunders

A friend of mine and I had an argument over Terri Schiavo as to whether food and water should be stopped to allow her to die. I said that to do so would really be like killing her. She said that she is going to die anyway. Is there any Church teaching on this matter?  Read more...

The Courage to Refuse to Cooperate in Evil - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Modern health care is replete with situations that tempt us to cooperate immorally in evil.   Read more...

The difference between knowledge and wisdom - George Weigel

This past April 25th marked the fiftieth anniversary of the most important scientific article of the twentieth century: James Watson and Francis Crick’s description in Nature of the "double-helix" structure of DNA.  Read more...

The Ethics of Correcting Mitochondrial Disease - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Mitochondria are small, elongated structures in a cell that produce energy.   Read more...

The Evolution of Genocide - Rebecca Messall

While reading the newspaper in May 1999, I noticed a headline about an evolution controversy occupying the Kansas State Board of Education. I flipped the page without reading the story. Like many pro-life people, I felt that the origin of the species was a matter of God's choice of methods - but not a pro-life concern.  Read more...

The Freedom of Conscience in Relation to "Health" - Iain T. Benson

A student at the medical school at the University of Manitoba has been threatened with loss of graduation if he will not offer abortion as an option to a patient. In terms of the legal requirement, the issue is whether or not a physician is required to refer a patient for an abortion. The answer is “no.”  Read more...

The freedom of conscience rights - Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

This article is excerpted from a homily given by the Archbishop of Vancouver, B. C. during the White Mass for health-care providers in January 2011.  Read more...

The Future Is Now - Father Thomas Berg, L.C.

The stem-cell debate changes.  Read more...

The Greening of AIDS Prevention - Kathryn Jean Lopez

Abandon the pipe dream that we can eradicate AIDS through drugs or condoms and understand that we have to deal with behavior (in the context of culture)!   Read more...

The Holy Grail of Reprogramming: A New Era for Stem Cells? - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

The recent discovery that regular old garden-variety skin cells can be converted into highly flexible (pluripotent) stem cells has rocked the scientific world.  Read more...

The Human Cost of In Vitro Fertilization Technique - H.A. NIELSEN

“The individual who is a servant of technique,” Jacques Ellul writes, “must be completely unconscious of himself.”  Read more...

The New Narcotic - Morgan Bennett

What if I told you that the internet "is the greatest drug dealer in the United States?"  Read more...

The Obama Stem Cell Darkness - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

President Obama, on March 9, 2009, signed an important executive order that vastly expanded federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research and crossed a significant and troubling ethical line.  Read more...

The Pain of the Almost Dead - SUSAN MARTINUK

Just how dead is “brain-dead”? The answer isn’t as simple as one might think.  Read more...

The perils of dishonest science - Margaret Somerville

We all—physicians and patients—must face up to our unavoidable ignorance on medical issues, and still try to make wise decisions.  Read more...

The Permanent Limitations of Biology - Leon R. Kass, M.D.

How far can biology take us? Are there limits on what it can know or on what it may enable us to do?  Read more...

The Pill Turns 50: Medicine That Makes You Sick - Robert F. Conkling, M.D.

Recently three major health stories appeared in the Washington press in less than two weeks that were an occasion to pause and reflect.  Read more...

The Point of a Ban - Gilbert Meilaender

To explore the logic and make sense of a ban on stem cell research is my aim here. Since many parties to the debate claim, at least, to agree that the embryo should be treated with “respect,” it may be fruitful to explore other issues — in particular, the nature of moral reasoning and the background beliefs that underlie such reasoning. I propose to take a very long way round. Our understanding of what is at stake can be sharpened if we begin not with stem cell research but with a quite different moral question.  Read more...

The Truth About Stem Cells: An interview with Dr. David Prentice - Kathryn Jean Lopez

David Prentice, professor of life sciences at Indiana State University and an adjunct professor of medical & molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, explains why human embryonic stem-cell research is illegal, immoral, and unnecessary.  Read more...

The U.N. on Cloning: Ban It - Wesley J. Smith

The United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning is a breakthrough document with enormous potential to lead to tremendous human good.  Read more...

The Unchosen Frozen - William L. Saunders

The moral problems raised by human embryonic stem-cell research (or embryo destruction) and the disposition of "excess" frozen embryos are so closely related to in vitro fertilization that Americans need to rethink the assumptions supporting the procedure.  Read more...

The Views of the Holy See on Human Cloning - The Holy See

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The Wisdom of Repugnance - Leon R. Kass

If we should not underestimate the significance of human cloning, neither should we exaggerate its imminence or misunderstand just what is involved.  Read more...

The Wrong Tree - Wesley J. Smith

Adult — not embryonic — stems cells may be our future.  Read more...

Theology or embryology? - Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Embryonic stem cell researchers typically marshal several arguments to encourage public approval and funding for their research, which requires the direct destruction of five to seven day old human embryos.  Read more...


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