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Faith & Values in the News

Twitter insult to emir gets man two years in prison

Injustice practiced by our allies.

Priest bans yoga for being a ‘different religious practice’

While exercise is exercise, it is true that “spiritual” yoga is incompatible with Catholic doctrine. The priest is right but why is this news?

White House petitioned to label Catholic Church a ‘hate group’

Despite assertions to the contrary, we will soon find that there is no real tolerance from liberalism and its sexual revisionism. Disagreement will be categorized as a hate crime or something about which one might face jail time or fines. Will we find priests arrested for what they preach at pulpits? Leftists the world over cannot stand to be contradicted. Overtures for dialogue are treated with disdain and anger.

Why are Overweight People Less Likely to Die?

Now they tell me!

Incredible photo shows baby reach out — from the womb

Another testimony against abortion.

Elvis song leaves Utah school district ‘All Shook Up’

Am I missing something? Presley sings that his sweetheart has “lips… like a volcano that’s hot” and that “she’s my buttercup. I’m in love. I’m all shook up.” What is offensive? If the children sang the bleeped music we hear on the radio today the girl would be called a “b” or an “h” and the “f” bomb would drop in every line or so. Are critics barking up the wrong tree?

Child support claim rankles sperm donor to lesbian couple

He should pay through the nose. No matter whether he likes it or not, he is the father and that brings with it obligations.

My comment is not a juridical opinion but a rhetorical one. This case is reflective of the mentality that redefines fertility as a mere biological expediency while dismissing the importance of natural law and the marital act. It also reduces the child to a commodity. I have little sympathy for such reprobates. The biological father deserves whatever trouble he gets into for his moral transgressions.

The donation of sperm for insemination is regarded (in itself) by the Church as morally wrong and the matter of mortal sin. Further, not only is masturbation sinful (extraction of semen), the Church insists that every child should be conceived through the marital act between a man and a woman. There can be no tertium quid or third party intervention. Some ethicists also regard it as a technological form of fornication; indeed, if a married person gets the donation, it also constitutes adultery. There is also the matter of the seminal insertion. While it was probably a medical insemination, I had a case several years ago where a homosexual man masturbated on a spoon and the lesbians used the spoon to conceive, avoiding the initial expense of a doctor. Later the man made trouble for them, insisting on his parental rights. If the insemination was of various egg cells outside the body in petri dishes, then we are potentially dealing with abortion, too. Once an egg cell is conceived, others are frequently destroyed or frozen. The freezing of embryos is also morally wrong. This man not only enables a deviant couple to have a child but by association becomes an accomplice in a whole series of moral wrongs or crimes. A financial risk might stop others from being so foolhardy.

Free condoms to be dispensed by Philadelphia high schools

Goodness me, we take out cigarette dispensers to keep minors from smoking but we give them condom machines to encourage them to have sex… schools have certainly changed. And just think, all paid for with tax dollars! I can just see the boys piling condoms on their school desks and giving all the girls a wink… all with the teacher’s approval, right? When I was in high school we had a section of the building made into a smoking zone. Will we have free sex areas in schools, too? Will teachers and principals supervise the use of condoms to make sure they are implemented properly. Sounds ridiculous? Just wait!

Catholic moral teaching insists that condomistic intercourse is intrinsically immoral. As such it is the matter of mortal sin. Condoms fail and they increase sexual activity. We should be teaching abstinence, instead. A contraceptive mentality also leads to increased abortions, not the opposite.