Naperville priest explains why IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is contrary to Catholic teaching

Some brief excerpts:

The first issue is that although IVF may produce life in particular circumstances, it also results in the destruction of human life. Typically, more than one embryo is produced from the process. If these embryos are determined to be genetically defective, they are discarded, frozen indefinitely, or given over to research through which they are destroyed. Remember that every major physiology text book states that human life begins at conception.

Another issue is the commodification of human life which results from the practice of IVF.

Another issue is that thousands of unimplanted embryos will be stored at this facility. Some will be implanted. Some will be donated to science. Some will be discarded. Others will simply be kept frozen indefinitely, never being allowed to come to term.

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The 4th of July, Human Dignity, and the Catholic Church

So what does the 4th of July have to do with the teaching of the Catholic Church?

To answer this question, we must remember that the Catholic Church is the original Bible Church.  Its official teaching is no more than interpretation and application of God’s Word.

So when we ask how the Church reaffirms the inherent dignity of human beings, we have to start with the Bible.  The various religions that existed in biblical times had gods who were made in man’s image and likeness – the pagan gods had all the foibles and vices that can be viewed in a soap opera. They play favorites, scheme to destroy their enemies, cheat on their spouses, and hold grudges.

The Bible proclaims that human beings are made in God’s image and likeness.  And the God of the Bible is a community of persons who give themselves to each other eternally in love.  And this God of love is a sublime artist who creates the world in love as a masterpiece of beauty and nobility.  In creating man and woman in his image and likeness, he invites them to an intimate personal relationship with himself and offers them the incredible privilege of being co-creators with him.

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Most Remarkable Fellow Reminds Us: “Be Thankful. Be Patient. Smile. Be Happy!”

Young man makes up for having no arms and legs
with a spirit of joy and thanksgiving.

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Submitted by Alice H. and cousin Judy

The poverty of personal, social, and ethical misery


Avila, Spain, Jun 15, 2009 / 09:03 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain said recently that the current economic crisis has revealed another face of poverty–the poverty of values. In response to this values crisis, he called on the faithful to embrace solidarity.
“This crisis gives evidence to a profound anthropological rupture and a crisis of moral values.  The dignity of the human being is the value that is in crisis when the person is the center of social, economic and business life; when money becomes an end in itself and not a means of service to the person and to social development,” the bishop said in a recent letter.

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