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Respect life at every stage of development Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

In 1972, Respect Life Month was initiated by the American Catholic bishops. It is observed yearly during October in United States Catholic dioceses and stresses the value and dignity of human life.

October is dedicated to increasing a greater culture of life through public information, education, pastoral care, public policy, and prayer. New materials are produced yearly to help Catholics understand, value, and support the dignity of the human person and therefore the gift of every person's life.

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When is it a sin to make a referral? Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it.

By laying the foundation and supervising the plumbing, electrical, and duct work, he would be contributing to, or enabling, the subsequent commission of atrocities against prisoners in the concentration camp.

Making a referral

But significant concerns would also arise if he were to reply: "I'm sorry, I have a moral objection to building this structure, but let me put in a call to a colleague who is a contractor, and he will do it for you."

By placing the call, he would still be a part of the causal chain leading to the building of the facility, and to the subsequent evils that would be carried out in it.

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Mass begins as an encounter with Jesus Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the "source and summit of the Christian life." And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the 20th century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more conscious, and more active participation in the liturgy on the part of Catholics.

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