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Let’s remember chaplains on Memorial Day Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Written by Fr. Donald Lange, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, May. 26, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.

On Memorial Day, we honor military personnel who died in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or from wounds sustained in battle.

This includes military chaplains.

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Embryos and the ‘14-day rule’: Mechanism devised to justify experiments on human embryos Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics
Thursday, May. 26, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Arguments in favor of research on human embryos typically play off our unfamiliarity with the way that we ourselves once appeared and existed as embryos.

Humans in their tiniest stages are indeed unfamiliar to us, and they hardly look anything like "one of us." Yet the undeniable conclusion, that every one of us was once an embryo, remains an indisputable scientific dogma, causing a "fingernails on the chalkboard" phenomenon for researchers every time they choose to experiment on embryos or destroy them for research.

To enable scientists to get beyond the knowledge that they're experimenting on or destroying fellow humans, clever stratagems and justifications have had to be devised.

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Bill Nye is not the philosophy guy Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, May. 26, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Reliable sources have informed me that for the millennial generation, Bill Nye is a figure of great importance, due to his widely-watched program from the 1990s called Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Evidently, he taught a large swath of American youth the fundamentals of experimental science and became for them a sort of paragon of reason. Well, I'll take their word for it.

But judging from a recent video in which Bill Nye discussed the relation between science and philosophy, I can only tell you that he sure is not the "philosophy guy."

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