Life Issues Forum

By Deirdre A. McQuade

On the eve of World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, Pope Francis gave a beautiful address. . . urging leaders to support the family, the "primary and fundamental cell of society." Specifically, he urged them to welcome and protect human life in all its stages: "Life must always be welcomed and protected. These two things go together—welcome and protection, from conception to natural death."

By Caitlin Thomas
As a nation, we recently marked the 240th anniversary of our independence and our beginnings as a sovereign country. Amid festivities celebrating our history, enjoying the fellowship of family and friends, and praying for our country, Independence Day is also a time for us to reflect on our cherished ideals about freedom, as well as to consider what it means to be a part of a union—an alliance of diverse states, yes, but also a country that guarantees and protects the freedoms of all faiths, peoples, and communities: E pluribus unum.

By Greg Schleppenbach
I was privileged to attend the 2016 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.  The keynote speaker was His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah who currently heads the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.  The Cardinal's talk and life story can inspire all who work to spread the Gospel of Life.

By Tommy O'Donnell

British scientists have created a substance that mimics a mother's womb, allowing human embryos to implant on the side of a petri dish and continue their development long past the previous technological limit of seven to eight days. In short, this new technology makes it possible to grow human beings in a lab. Completely removed from the context of a nurturing family, they are cultivated solely for experimentation, often under the guise of curing common problems related to pregnancy and fetal development.