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    It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article…

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    Euthanasia Brings End to Belgian Monarchy

    by Marie Meaney

    There has been no coup, no abdication, no revolution. It is an event that has gone largely unnoticed. The media have hardly spoken about it. Yet it is a reality. The monarchy in Belgium is done with, over, kaput. The…

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    What is a Suffering Man Worth?

    by Arland K. Nichols

    How much is man worth? So asked Pope Francis in a recent letter to the Pontifical Academy for Life on the occasion of the estimable academy’s annual meeting and celebration of its 20th anniversary. The Pope posed the question as…

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    Mocking Compassion: Euthanasia Beyond Belgium

    by Mary Jo Anderson

     “In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness.  And tenderness leads to the gas chamber.”  — Flannery O’Connor Beware of the compassionate. Catholic author Flannery O’Connor wrote shocking stories. Each tale climaxed at “a moment of grace” when the…

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    Recalling Euthanasia’s Legacy of Death

    by Rev. George W. Rutler

    During a debate on the Senate floor in 1996, at the time of President Clinton’s veto of a bill to ban partial-birth abortion, there was an incident reported in an article in the Washington Post: Not five feet away, Republican…

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    What’s Wrong with Belgium?

    by Tracey Rowland

    There is something beautiful about Belgium if one thinks of the Flemish architecture, the canals, the countryside dotted with blue-grey cows that produce the milk that makes the whipped cream (in Flemish Slagroom) for the cafes and patisseries.  There are…

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    Our New Albigensian Age

    by Stephen M. Krason

    In an old (1950) monograph entitled The Truth about the Inquisition, Dr. John A. O’Brien, a Notre Dame history professor of the time, provides a brief but interesting exposé of the Albigensian heresy. Few people recall that that almost maniacal…

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    Abortion and the Slippery Slope

    by Howard Kainz

     There are some people—and I am one of them—who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. We think that for a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to…

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    Suicide’s Tormented Souls

    by Randall B. Smith

    The story couldn’t have been more tragic. Twin brothers, born deaf, with a genetic disorder that was causing them to go blind at the age of 43.  After a lifetime of communicating by signing, what were they to do?  The…

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    The Measure of Humanity

    by Arland K. Nichols

    Pope Benedict writes in Spe salvi, “The true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer.” These words recently took on new meaning for me as I encountered the story of Edwarda O’Bara, who…

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    Let’s End the Death Penalty, Now

    by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

    This essay originally appeared on March 11, 2009, as Abp. Chaput’s syndicated column. It is reprinted with permission, as part of Crisis’s symposium on capital punishment. For the view of Christopher Ferrara of The Latin Mass Magazine, see this piece….

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    Royal Euthanasia?

    by Michael Cook

    You would think that having a personal physician would guarantee excellent health care. However, the conviction of Michael Jackson’s doctor for involuntary manslaughter suggests that this is not necessarily the case. Prosecutors described Dr Conrad Murray’s care of the pop…

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    Of Daleks and Utilitarians

    by Rev. Richard Umbers

      Instructing doctors to kill the dying rather than waiting for them to die is icky. But think of the quality of the organs they could donate! This is the argument some Belgian transplant surgeons used to justify taking organs from…

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    Reason Is the Enemy of the Euthanasia Movement

    by Michael Cook

      Facebook can be useful. Browsing through its weekly birthday update, I learned that Nick Tonti-Filippini, a bioethicist who serves on various Australian government committees and teaches at a Catholic institute in Melbourne, turns 55 today. Some of those years…

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    Bishops Betrayed on Assisted Suicide

    by Patrick J. Reilly

    Even as the nation’s bishops react with alarm to a recent Montana Supreme Court ruling allowing physician-assisted suicide, their efforts are being undermined by ethics and law professors at several Jesuit universities. Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops…

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    Recycling Euthanasia Organs in Belgium

    by Michael Cook

    If you have an organ transplant in Belgium, there is a small chance that you will owe your life to someone else’s death by euthanasia. The complex job of matching donors and recipients in Belgium — where euthanasia has been…

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    Exposing Euthanasia through the Arts

    by Barbara Nicolosi

    “I killed my brother. But it wasn’t murder. I did what I had to, to stop his pain.” – Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley, House “Can you not read the signs of the times?” Perhaps Christ’s most ominous warning, it echoes…

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    Prescription Death: Refuting the ‘Right to Die’

    by Margaret Cabaniss

    As health care costs continue to rise and a growing number of Baby Boomers approach old age, end-of-life issues are looming larger than ever in the public debate. What is “the right to die”? How should we, as a society,…

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    ‘Death Dignified by Christ’

    by Margaret Cabaniss

    Over at First Things, David Mills tells the poignant story of his father’s death — one that, by any modern standard, would have been considered humiliating and undignified. It wasn’t pretty, Mills admits, but he says that his father’s willing…

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    Batman, Pro-Life Crusader

    by Eric Pavlat

    Well, you don’t often get pro-life pieces at the Huffington Post. Though to be honest, the piece I found isn’t explicitly pro-life.  In fact, it doesn’t mention abortion or euthanasia at all.  But the ideas he expressed are thoroughly pro-life…

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    Friday Free-for-All

    by Margaret Cabaniss

    Good morning! Time for your Friday links:  Holland proposes extending the option of euthanasia to healthy people over 70 who simply “consider their lives complete” and want to end it. ‘How I found God and peace with my atheist brother’:…

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