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There is hope for the pro-life movement Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Recently I greeted a young pregnant mother by saying, "Hi to both of you." Her smile told me that she acknowledged she was carrying an unborn baby, not just a glob of tissue.

Weeks later I met her proud husband, their beautiful baby boy, and the baby's admiring little big sister.

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Surrogacy raises grave moral concerns, undermines dignity of procreation Print E-mail
Making Sense of Bioethics
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Sometimes when there is infertility in marriage, couples make the decision to seek out the services of a surrogate in order to have a child.

A surrogate is a woman who agrees to be implanted with an embryo produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) and to hand over the newborn baby to the couple upon completion of the gestation and birth.

In recent years, gestational surrogacy has become a multi-million dollar industry, attracting a broad clientele ranging from married couples to single women, gay couples to anyone else with the desire for a baby and the ability to finance the undertaking.

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"Silence" and the seaside martyrs Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Spoiler Alert: The following is the first half of Bishop Barron's reflections on Martin Scorcese's new film, Silence, in which he outlines the plot. In the second half, which we will publish next week, he discusses the ending of the film and adds his "dissenting" thoughts about it to the conversation among critics.

I have long been an ardent fan of Martin Scorsese's films. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Last Waltz, Casino, etc. are among the defining movies of the last 40 years. And The Departed, Scorsese's 2007 crime drama, was the subject matter of the first YouTube commentary that I ever did.

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