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Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

October 13, AD2014 1 Comment
Leprosy: Vietnam and The Franciscan Order

“Riding one day in the plains below Assisi, he met a leper whose loathsome sores filled Francis with horror. Overcoming his revulsion, he leapt from his horse and pressed into the leper’s hand all the money he had with him, then kissed the hand. This was a turning point in his life. He started visiting […]

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Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

October 8, AD2014 10 Comments
Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

Every year, as October comes around, many breast cancer victims like me find themselves inwardly groaning. How can efforts purportedly for our benefit be so tragically off the mark, and even immoral? Yet every year, it seems that the public is somehow transported into a fake pink world of good intentions. Instead of telling you […]

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When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

October 7, AD2014 56 Comments
When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

When our children are young, their doctors are our partners. They guide and aid us in ensuring our children are as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, about the time our children hit adolescence and start to look at us with a jaded eye, their medical providers are doing the same thing. All too often, we are […]

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Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

September 19, AD2014 18 Comments
Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

Taxonomy of the “Hitler Card” Fallacy The Fallacy Files website, which is devoted to exploring and exploding errors in reasoning, gives the following forms for “the Hitler card” fallacy (also called the “ad Hitlerum” or “ad Naziarum”): Forms Adolf Hitler accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be wrong. The Nazis accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 13 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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When Life Begins and Why It Matters

August 12, AD2014 35 Comments
When Life Begins and Why It Matters

Part of the strategy of abortion advocates is to cloud the starting point of life so that the act of abortion is seen as inconsequential as removing a wart. Before the routine use of prenatal ultrasounds it was easy to say abortion was just getting rid of a “clump of cells” or a “blob of […]

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Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

August 8, AD2014 7 Comments
Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

A Health Care Thought-Experiment Just imagine if there were a morning after pill to rid ourselves of the eating and drinking we consumed the night before. We could wake up, take a pill, and somehow everything we took in over the previous 24 hours was regurgitated (or defecated) and never counted in our caloric intake. […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 12 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

July 16, AD2014 16 Comments
Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

Imagine sending a text to your body for obligation-free sex. You’ll have to wait until 2018 before this invention goes on sale, but when it does, remote controls will do more than just turn on TV’s and cars. They will turn on and off fertility. Who could have imagined such a thing? Bill Gates—advocate of […]

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The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

July 12, AD2014 7 Comments
The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

My family has never been one to shy away from talking about death. A number of factors contributed to that being a normal part of the fabric of our family, and my late husband used to have something he would say regularly. He would reference his wishes for his eventual death by saying, “I hope I […]

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God is the Ultimate Therapist

July 4, AD2014 13 Comments
God is the Ultimate Therapist

One of the more common statements that we hear from Protestants in regards to confessing our sins to an ordained priest is “I just confess my sins directly to God”. Of course, we should acknowledge our sins immediately when we are aware of them and ask God’s forgiveness. However, the God who created us knows […]

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More Spiritual Care of Patients

April 15, AD2014 3 Comments
More Spiritual Care of Patients

God gives us all opportunities to be a witness to Him, but Dr. Victor Ajluni wrote a wonderful column illustrating the sacredness of the places our healing professions allow us to go. If you haven’t read it yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. When I returned to the level- 3 neonatal intensive […]

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The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

April 11, AD2014 7 Comments
The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

On the day I graduated from medical school, I took an oath that includes the famous words: “First do no harm.” I am happy to say that in entering my twentieth year as a physician, I have somehow managed to keep my word. But, is that really enough? I don’t think so. In fact, it […]

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Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

March 15, AD2014 5 Comments
Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

It’s been intensely frustrating, though strangely fascinating as a physician, to see public comments social media regarding the embryonic stem cell and, inevitably, the abortion debate. The most common difference between the two sides seems to be the disagreement over whether or not the products of conception are a “person.”  If they are not, when […]

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Sterilization: Is it Getting \”Fixed\” or Getting Broken?

March 12, AD2014 2 Comments
Sterilization: Is it Getting \”Fixed\” or Getting Broken?

Those of us who defend Church teaching on human sexuality often focus on the immorality of contraception: condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, birth control pills, birth control patches, birth control rings, birth control sponges, birth control implants, birth control injections, IUDs… and whatever other contraceptives I am forgetting (I am sure scientists are working on more ways […]

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I\’m Not an Angel and Neither is She

October 29, AD2013 11 Comments
I\’m Not an Angel and Neither is She

I will sheepishly admit the first few times I was called an \”angel\” in the course of my work, I probably internally basked in whatever glow was lingering from whatever situation I assisted in, but as I have gotten older (and hopefully wiser) the less I feel comfortable with that term used to describe me […]

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Brain Death and Organ Donation

July 18, AD2013 8 Comments
Brain Death and Organ Donation

A year or so ago, I renewed my driver’s license – something you only have to do every 8 years in Oregon. The clerk asked if I wanted to continue to be an “organ donor”. I declined. I had learned some things about organ donation and brain death…and why the concept of brain death is […]

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