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Eugenics to Euthanasia

In reflecting on physician-assisted suicide, the first lesson for our lawmakers is that any killing motivated by a distorted sense of mercyno matter how many reasonable and honeyed words endorse itleads to killing that has nothing at all to do with the best interests of those killed.

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Who decides when care is futile?

Throughout the U.S.and Canada, hospitals and medical associations are quietly adopting formal "futile care" policies which are nothing less than the modern equivalent of exposing unwanted infants on hills and abandoning the infirm and elderly by the side of the trail.

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Do Sex Education and Access to Contraception Cut Down on Abortion?

All human generations previous to our own, and all known human societies besides our own, have understood that sex had to be controlled; and they have therefore maintained in place moral and legal checks and sanctions aimed at insuring the necessary control of the powerful and unruly human sexual drive for the good of both society and the individuals in it. Our plan to liberate sex by means of contraception and sex education has now manifestly failed.

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The Clarifying Light of Humanae Vitae

Twelve years ago this summer, Tina Turner belted out her song about love, asking, Whats love got to do, got to do with it? Whats love but a sweet old-fashioned notion? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? Her question is a fitting commentary on the current state of confusion over conjugal love and the resulting decline of marriage. But, no one, it seems, is willing to speak to the root causes of this decline.

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Inquisition

The subject of the Inquisition illustrates one of the paradoxes of the "information age"the availability of accurate information on a subject by no means guarantees that such information will affect public perceptions.

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Pope Pius XII and the Jews

Pope Pius XII has been unfairly blamed over the past fifty years: for not having denounced Hitler publicly, for his perceived inaction against the Nazis, and for his failure to help the Jews.

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