Between euthanasia and extensive therapy, there is a third way the principles of which were defined forty years ago in England: this is referred to as palliative care. This term encompasses various initiatives to increase not the “quantity” of life of the patient – since we are here talking about persons in the terminal phase … Continue reading 45. If euthanasia is not acceptable, what kind of solution do we offer to alleviate the sufferings of people with incurable diseases?
Who can know what is going on in the mystery of the heart of a person who is suffering? Who dares to say that this person should no longer live? For Christians, perhaps there is, at this instant, an ultimate moment of meeting, of forgiveness, of offering or of love. All people, believers or non-believers, … Continue reading 44. A person in a coma : what can be done? life support or euthanasia?
Having a proper understanding of joy is imperative to becoming a saint. Joy is the arousal of some sense of good. When we malign and obscure good, we malign and obscure joy. St. Gregory the Great tells us, for example, that (a false) joy may result from another’s misfortune (CCC 2539). The unrighteous presence of … Continue reading How To Find True Joy
An interesting article…. We are a lesbian and a gay man who have been involved for many years in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality and for broader human rights issues. We both unequivocally oppose all forms of surrogacy as unethical; as legally, medically and psychologically dangerous; and as an abusive commodification of women … Continue reading Gay Rights and Surrogacy Wrongs: Say “No” to Wombs-for-Rent
Each human being is a free person, whether man, woman, girl or boy, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. Any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people – men, women, girls and boys – are equal and have the same freedom and dignity … Continue reading Statement of trafficking in human beings
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I am outraged and most profoundly saddened by the news that a public sacrilegious Black Mass is scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City on the 15th of August, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have also been informed that, after the horrible sacrilege of the … Continue reading Cardinal Burke to Catholics: Defend Our Lady
We need to study Bini traditions to fight trafficking of Edo women… TRACES OF NKICI-ISM AMONG THE BINI TheWeek.-The Year.-The Seasons.-The Rivers.-A Temple.-Wells.Trees. -Omens. -Animals. THE BINI SEASONS. THE Bini have now eight days in their week, but the part of jujuism, which I identify with Nkicism, has preserved the more ancient form of four … Continue reading Traces of Nkici-Ism among the Bini
Isn’t love what we all desire? How could we live without loving and being loved? Among the different expressions of love are friendship, dedication to a cause or to a person, the love of parents for their children, the exclusive love between a man and a woman united in marriage and the love with which … Continue reading 1. Love, what is It?
By Dianne Post The main conceptual problem in surrogacy — the production and sale of a child — reduces both women and children to commodities in commerce: things. ________________________________________ Many articles and books can be found describing the horrors of surrogacy. Exploitation is common, with abuse and slave-like conditions for women. Often, several eggs are … Continue reading Surrogacy: Erasing the Mother
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Following the Catecheses on the Psalms and Canticles of Lauds and of Vespers, I would like to dedicate the upcoming Wednesday Audiences to the mystery of the relationship between Christ and the Church, reflecting upon it from the experience of the Apostles, in light of the duty entrusted to them. The … Continue reading Christ and the Church (Benedict XVI)
Dear policy-maker, dear politician, I am a woman and a mother. And I have a lot to tell you about I have worked during many years outside home and now I devote myself 100% to my family. Since I started working I felt that the entry of women to the workforce followed a masculine pattern … Continue reading Letter from a mother to the politicians
We met on her birthday. She was serene, smiling, available. Also on that special day she did not want to miss her appointment with the pilgrims who wait for her at the blue stairs to hear her tell of her encounters with Our Lady. Q. Vicka, Our Lady has been visiting this land for 23 … Continue reading Mary asks us to be simple, humble and modest. (Interview with Vicka)
The current debate over surrogacy in the United States has two main positions. One side argues we should allow the practice with regulations. The other side argues it should be prohibited altogether. All parties in the debate generally acknowledge that there can be abuses and exploitation, and that the best interests of the children produced … Continue reading Contract Pregnancies Exposed
Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Letter to the Ephesians presents the Church to us as a structure built “upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph 2: 20). In the Book of Revelation the role of the Apostles, and more specifically, of the Twelve, is explained in the eschatological … Continue reading The apostles, witnesses of Christ (Benedict XVI)
From the pastoral letter of the bishops of Australia: “Don’t Mess with Marriage” Redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships will have far reaching consequences for all of us. Here are a few real life examples that have occurred recently: – The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered Christian ministers to perform same-sex weddings under pain … Continue reading When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”
The core question in surrogacy is: Is it a technical critique or a political one? Should surrogacy be forbidden because so many women and children are exploited etc., or because it is a political question of using other people’s organs and lives for money? Surrogacy is all about selling and buying human flesh. Surrogacy is … Continue reading Why Surrogacy Should Scare You
Did someone promise you A BETTER LIFE BY GOING TO EUROPE? WARNING TO WOMEN! This folder is meant to explain to women the possible dangers involved in migrating to Northern and Western Europe. Know This …. There have been many women with dreams like yours. Maria Maria couldn’t find work which would enable her to … Continue reading Europe a Paradise? Don’t believe to all the stories!
Almost on a whim, but primarily because a close friend of mine had revealed her still-unfolding struggles with the long-ago divorce of her parents, I started asking adult children of divorce about their experiences. I eventually wrote up a brief questionnaire, appealing on social media for volunteers. The answers I received in a virtual avalanche … Continue reading The Adult Children of Divorce Find Their Voice
Fr. William G. Most (1914-1997) will not end up numbered among first-rank apologists, but his book Catholic Apologetics Today (now out of print) came to my attention just when I could profit from it. It appeared as I was putting together the newspaper columns that, when collected and revised, became my first book. Every Fundamentalist … Continue reading Can Works Aid In Our Salvation?
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. (Charles De Foucauld) Into your hands … Continue reading Prayer of Abandon – Charles De Foucauld
A few weeks before he was killed, fr. Roger Schutz, prior of the ecumenical community of Taizé, had started preparing this letter that, although unfinished, is a text full of inspiration: “I leave you peace; I give you my peace.”  What is this peace that God gives? It is first of all an inner peace, … Continue reading Brother Roger’s last letter
Lord, let happen whatever you will; and as you will, so will I walk; help me only to know your will! Lord, whenever you will, then is the time; today and always …Lord, whatever you will, I wish to accept, and whatever you will for me is gain; enough that I belong to you. Lord, … Continue reading Act of trust (Blessed Rupert Majer sj)
Committee on Doctrine United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (March 25, 2009) 1. From time to time questions have been raised about various alternative therapies that are often available in the United States. Bishops are sometimes asked, “What is the Church’s position on such therapies?” The USCCB Committee on Doctrine has prepared this resource in … Continue reading Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy
The question is not whether I can remain faithful all my life when I get married, but rather whether I am determined to stay with the person I marry for life. Every day, we are called to renew the commitment we made in Church on our wedding day; to say ‘yes’ in our everyday acts. … Continue reading 14. How can i remain faithful all my life?
Everything started in the Eighties. The girl slave trade for sexual exploitation was one of the many illegal activities managed by Nigerians. Then it was consolidated in the decades to follow, becoming a significant and real business, well structured and particularly profitable. Right from the beginning, Turin had been the landing stage and transit camp. … Continue reading I was hungry and you bought me
Life as a couple – does it have anything to do with society and with the Church? Some people say: It has nothing to do with anyone but me, no one has any right to say anything about my marriage… There is some truth in this, at least in part. Marriage is first and essentially … Continue reading 15. Getting married – what does it add to our lives?
TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN Every year many Nigerian women are recruited for this trade. People working for this recruiting exercise are everywhere from Nigeria to Europe. These women are given false hope of empty promises of good jobs, marriages and opportunities of various kinds, which do not exist. With all honest belief the victims, their parents … Continue reading Nigeria caught in new slavery: sex for export, let’s say NO!
Women of the World has launched the “I am a Woman, I am a Mother: 10 Political Proposals”. It is a simple and practical document in which we propose 10 necessary, reasonable and feasible policies. As you know, in Women of the World we believe that women contribute their feminine identity to different spheres, so we should … Continue reading I am a Woman, I am a Mother: 10 Political Proposals
In 2001, in a climate of fear similar to what we are experiencing, Mother Teresa wrote a letter. No one answered. The letter remained relevant even today, in a world that’s path now winds of war. But we are condemned to hope … January 2, 1991 Dear President George Bush and President Saddam Hussein, I … Continue reading The war that we all dread and fear happens (Mother Teresa letter to Bush and Saddam)
Other cultural information, interesting for those who are working against trafficking of Nigerian girls in Europe and Africa IN the afternoon of February 2nd, 1903, after rather a long march, we entered UREZEN, a town not far from UDO, in the A mound of clay under a rough seat, studded with pots and an iron … Continue reading Bini dances