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More Spiritual Care of Patients

More Spiritual Care of Patients

| 04-15-AD2014 | [0]

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

The Role of Physicians in the Spiritual Care of Their Patients

| 04-11-AD2014 | [4]

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

Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

| 03-15-AD2014 | [5]

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?

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

| 03-12-AD2014 | [2]

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

I’m Not an Angel and Neither is She

| 10-29-AD2013 | [11]

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

Brain Death and Organ Donation

| 07-18-AD2013 | [8]

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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The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

| 06-27-AD2013 | [4]

Planned Parenthood is now de-funded in the great state of Oklahoma, and you can almost hear already the anguished, exaggerated cries of alarm. Oh the humanity! How will women survive? The truth is that Planned Parenthood has long already been the enemy of women’s health. Brought into existence by narrow-minded ideologues who saw the great […]

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When a Pro-Life Victory Doesn’t Mean You’re Winning

When a Pro-Life Victory Doesn’t Mean You’re Winning

| 06-19-AD2013 | [11]

A major story hit the pro-life circuit today. The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 1797), passed the House of Representatives. It imposes a 20-week gestational age limitation on abortion at the point of development purported to be when babies are capable of feeling pain. At the surface this vote appears to be a victory for the pro-life community, but let’s take a closer look to make sure. Incremental Thinking […]

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Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution

Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution

| 05-02-AD2013 | [13]

Editor’s Note: The author’s original title was “The Self-Gift Implicit to the Conjugal Act: Is Not Contraception, at Least Partially, Mutual Reciprocal Repudiation?“ (Fourth in a four-part series) Here is my own speculative TOB-enabled scientific  interpretation: the gift of  bearing new life belongs uniquely to the woman. In God’s plan for the woman, in particular, […]

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Perinatal Hospice: A Fruitful Story

Perinatal Hospice: A Fruitful Story

| 04-16-AD2013 | [4]

It is becoming more common in our society for hospitals to offer some sort of organized support for women and families through the experience of Perinatal Death (pregnancy loss, stillbirth, neonatal death and SIDS). Less common are programs where a pre-existing system of support exists for those who receive the diagnosis of an unavoidably life […]

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Why We Are Made to Bear Children

Why We Are Made to Bear Children

| 04-04-AD2013 | [7]

(Third in a four-part series) While perhaps surprising to some scientists, these data from the last two articles (Contraception: Pro-Life’s Achilles Heel and Contraception Increases Rates of Divorce, Suicide, and Sexual Dysfunction) wouldn’t have surprised John Paul II, whose Theology of the Body (TOB) offers a reading of nature in profound harmony with this evidence. Basing […]

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The Latex and the Killer Virus in Africa

The Latex and the Killer Virus in Africa

| 03-19-AD2013 | [5]

A few months ago I had a series of email correspondence with a South African man over the reality and trajectory of humanitarian aid and interventions in Africa. One of his emails to me was about the tragic failure of the condom-agenda in the face of HIV. It was so sad that I felt I […]

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Inadequacy is My Constant Companion

Inadequacy is My Constant Companion

| 03-19-AD2013 | [4]

This column is about the profound feeling of inadequacy that can come from caring for the bereaved. I ask you to not simply jump to the quick-fix of reassuring each other that we’re adequate; let’s sit with that awkward nagging misery that comes from feeling inadequate so that we can dig deeper and see what […]

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Contraception Increases Rates of Divorce, Suicide, and Sexual Dysfunction

Contraception Increases Rates of Divorce, Suicide, and Sexual Dysfunction

| 03-07-AD2013 | [11]

(Second in a four-part series) The direct and compelling evidence of the strong, arguably causal connection between oral contraceptives (OCPs) and gravely adverse psychosocial outcomes, including suicide, comes from the three largest-ever studies which evaluated OCPs. These were the Royal College of General Practitioners study (47,174 women), the Oxford/FPA study (17,032 women), and the Walnut […]

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Contraception: Pro-Life’s Achilles Heel

Contraception: Pro-Life’s Achilles Heel

| 02-07-AD2013 | [7]

(First in a four-part series) Jesus cautions us about going into battle against a better-armed opponent, and again about starting to build a house which cannot be completed for lack of resources, in each case advising we know in advance the true costs and take them properly into account. He also tells us not to […]

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