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Church Teachings on 'Brain Death' and Organ Donation
Last edited 3rd May 2011

Currently, the Church permits doctors to use “brain death” or “neurological criteria for determining death” in making end-of-life and organ donation decisions. But recently some have suggested that these criteria are no longer acceptable. A recent book by a Catholic doctor even claims that doctors who use “brain death” criteria are committing murder. Dr. John Haas, head of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, is worried that this thinking - which runs counter to Church teaching - is gaining influence and causing confusion. Visit this article to read a clarification.

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Conference Clarifies Church's View on Human Rights
Last edited 3rd April 2011

The discussion on human rights has become muddled as various groups claim a "right" to abortion or same-sex marriage. Thus, a recent conference clarified the Catholic understanding of these rights. Robert Fastiggi, one of the conference organizers, affirmed  that "the Catholic Church has had a long and abiding interest in human rights."

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U.S. Bishops Call Theologian Nun's Book "Misleading"
Last edited 31st March 2011

The U.S. bishops are warning that a book by Fordham theology professor Sister Elizabeth Johnson distorts Catholic teaching and divine revelation. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine publicized a statement Wednesday about "Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God," written by Sister Johnson of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York. It noted that the book "does not take the faith of the Church as its starting point." Visit this article to read more.

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Is Hell Crowded or Empty? A Catholic Perspective
Last edited 18th April 2011

An internet controversy is percolating around a soon-to-be-published book by well-known evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In this article, Fr Robert Barron looks at Bell's "universalist" position on salvation, and clarifies the Catholic Church teachings on hell and heaven.

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Pope: Confessional Also a Place to Learn
Last edited 27th March 2011

According to Pope Benedict XVI, the sacrament of confession is not only about the forgiveness of sins, but is also a place to learn about ourselves, and about the Catholic faith. "To confess means to assist in as many 'professiones fidei' as there are penitents, and to contemplate the action of the merciful God in history, to touch the salvific effects of the cross and resurrection of Christ, at all times and for every man." Visit this article to read more.

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Can One Be Catholic and Support Same-Sex Marriage?
Last edited 29th March 2011

For the State to equate homosexual unions and marriage "would objectively mean that the connection of sexuality to procreation and the raising of children is a fact of no interest to the state since it has no relevance to the common good." But what is more relevant to the common good than the very survival of civilization?

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John Paul II's Theology of the Body: Key to an Authentic Marital & Family Spirituality
Last edited 24th March 2011

What is marital spirituality? How does the family become authentically spiritual? For John Paul II, the answers to these questions “of the spirit” are revealed in the body.

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Abortion: Application of Natural Law Theory and the 'Double Effect' Principle
Last edited 18th March 2011

The principle of double effect implies that an inherently good action, which may possibly cause a bad effect, is morally justified in some cases - but only if four specific conditions are met (click here to read about the four conditions). In the case of abortion, how does this principle apply? In this article, Dianne N. Irving tackles this very difficult ethical question.

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Clarifying 'Double Effect'
Last edited 21st March 2011

The recent controversy over the termination of a pregnancy at Phoenix's St. Joseph's Hospital, which Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted determined to have been a direct abortion and thus a grave moral evil, has generated a secondary controversy over the meaning of the Church's traditional moral principle of "double effect."

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Book Review: The Godless Delusion - A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism
Last edited 7th March 2011

Contemporary Catholics are often without any defense against the argumentative qualities of the progressive atheists that are proliferating in American society. When asked to defend precepts and doctrinal facets of Catholicism, the average faithful Catholic is unfortunately not always well-armed to repel the secular arguments against God, faith and Catholicism.

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