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The Church’s Teaching on In Vitro Fertilization

By Sister Stephan Patrick Joly, O.P. Introduction During my time at The Catholic University of America, I have encountered the topic of in vitro fertilization (IVF) on two occasions while interacting with students.  In the first situation, a student expressed that she had recently turned in a paper for a first year experience (FYE) class […]

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How Can Opposition to Life Creation be Pro Life?

By Joseph Capizzi, Ph.D. Earlier this month, The New York Times and other media reported on research that purported to show positive gains in vision for patients given embryonic stem cell therapy. There are many reasons to be skeptical about the report, not the least of which is report’s authors’ prior “premature optimism” about earlier […]


The Genetics of Eugenics

By Erik Gravel An Anecdote, History, and the Question of Eugenics A young boy has only one dream – to fly into space. He dreams of the chance to explore the stars and learn the secrets of the universe. His whole childhood is spent looking to space in a vain hope, for he knows that […]


Consumption and Family Life

Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice – Annual Conference Rome, Italy – October 14, 2011 Andrew V. Abela, Ph.D. I was asked to make some comments on how to apply Catholic Social Doctrine in your own lives, within your own families, particularly in your consumption decisions. And I have been asked to do this from a practical, […]


Family! Become What You Are!

A Look into the Family as a Communion of Life By Elise Crawford In his 1994 Letter to Families, Blessed John Paul II commented that the family is the way of the Church. By this, he meant that it is through the family that every human person receives and experiences his humanity and individuality. The […]


The End of Marriage

The Union for Which Man and Woman Strive by John Brungardt “What each thing is when fully developed, we call its nature,” Aristotle tells us. The intrinsic meaning of things is to be identified with the complete expression of that meaning: all things are naturally aiming at their own proper perfections. This maxim applies, says […]

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The State’s Involvement in Marriage

Having taught marriage and sexuality to undergraduates for over ten years at four different Catholic universities, there are two things I have learned about college students’ perception of the current debate over legally-recognized same-sex marriage.


The Relationship between Economy and Sexuality

Interview with Chad C. Pecknold, Ph.D. Interview Transcribed by Katelyn Rogers (Crosier Staff) How does the free market economy shape our thinking about sexuality? If you tried to locate the place of market-exchange in ancient Athens, you could locate a very specific point on the city map. But look at any modern city and try […]


On Contraceptives

An Interview with Fr. James Brent O.P., Ph.D. Interview conducted by Mallory Nygard and Andrew Miller (Crosier Staff) It is common knowledge that the Catholic Church does not condone the use of contraception in marriage. Perhaps we should begin with a definition. What is the definition of contraception?  Contraception, as the Church understands it, is a […]

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Aristotle on the Family

Philosophy in the Catholic Church By Jeffery Dirk Wilson, Ph.D Why should a Catholic be interested in what Aristotle has to say about the family? Church teachings are clear, after all. Who needs a pagan Greek philosopher in such a case? To answer that question, we need to consider the circumstance of the committed Catholic in […]

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Sex and the City of God

Exploring the Connection between Sex and Life Issues By John S. Grabowski, Ph.D. According to recent reports and columns in the New York Times, in his September interview, Pope Francis decried the Church’s recent “obsession” with issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and birth control, and “brushed aside the contraception wars” (New York Times [New York], […]

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Firefighting and Being Pro Life

By Mike Mezzapelle I have found that firefighting is one of the most dangerous and rewarding occupations one can have because of the training and life-saving experiences that it has afforded me. Aside from the thrill of facing actual emergencies and saving lives, the parades and other events that firefighters coordinate and carry out are […]


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