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The New Ethical Frontier: DIY Eugenics
Last edited 21st May 2015

The single most controversial development in biology in 2015 is a relatively cheap, easily manipulated technology for modifying the human genome.

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Perpetual Solitude in “Frankenstein”
Last edited 17th May 2015

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein offers a warning to its readers by presenting a perversion of the creation story in Genesis. By the end of the novel, Victor Frankenstein’s egotistical aspiration to cause life has brought about destruction, solitude, death, and ultimately a permanent exclusion from human community, for both himself and his creature. This story and its consequences align precisely with and can be illuminated by John Paul II’s diagnosis of what he calls the “civilization of death” in his Letter to Families.

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Measles Are Making a Comeback, So What Does the Church Teach About Vaccines?
Last edited 29th January 2015

Disneyland is supposed to be the Happiest Place on Earth, not the place where you contract a highly contagious, once-eradicated disease. Unfortunately, that is what happened at Disneyland in California, starting back in December. The measles virus, likely carried by a tourist from a foreign country, started a chain of infections that has now reached at least 87 people in seven states and Mexico. The outbreak has also resurfaced arguments surrounding the vaccination of children.

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A Dumb use for a Smart Phone
Last edited 19th November 2014

One Long Island teen found out the hard way that the purported anonymity of Yik Yak has a limit. He posted a bomb threat, the cops presumably got a warrant and went to Yik Yak, and the company fingered their unhappy customer, who is now facing a possible jail sentence. So much for truth in advertising. The firm does have some legal boilerplate on their website to the effect that the only way they will break anonymity is if a duly authorized government entity asks them to. But that can certainly happen.

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Pope Says Evolution, Big Bang Theories Are Compatible With Catholic Faith
Last edited 28th October 2014

The scientific theories of “The Big Bang” and “Evolution” are not only consistent with the Catholic Faith, Pope Francis told a Vatican gathering – they are essential to understanding God.

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Caritas Responds to Ebola Crisis
Last edited 9th October 2014

Caritas Australia, along with three other Australian humanitarian agencies have been allocated a total of $2.5 million to provide urgently needed assistance in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The funds are in addition to the Caritas Australia funding for the Emergency Appeal of Caritas Sierra Leone and will enable the Caritas network in Sierra Leone to provide assistance to almost 230,000 people at risk of Ebola.

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God and Outer Space
Last edited 22nd September 2014

A Jesuit brother and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation discusses the idea of extraterrestrials and how it might affect how humanity sees itself.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Brings Attention to Pro-Life Research Center
Last edited 4th September 2014

Few people think of Iowa City, Iowa, as a hotbed of medical research. But in a roundabout way more Catholics are beginning to take notice of a Catholic, pro-life medical research center.

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Scientist Honoured by the Vatican on Verge of Stem-Cell Breakthrough
Last edited 1st September 2014

A scientist honoured by the Vatican for his work in the field of adult stem cell research is close to producing a therapy to treat congestive heart failure – the biggest killer in the industrialised world.

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Cool Heads are Needed on the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link
Last edited 28th August 2014

A Mexican wave of moral indignation swept through the chattering class this month in Australia when the hypothesis was raised of a link between abortion and breast cancer. We heard, in shrill tones, that claims of such a link are “factually incorrect” (blogger Mia Freedman), “absurd” (Simon Breheny of the IPA) and even “an insult to all women” (Greens MP Adam Bandt). With the arrival this week of breast surgeon and cancer researcher Dr Angela Lanfranchi to speak to this hypothesis, we can expect a resurgence of this rage.

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