The Historic Christian Teaching Against Contraception: A Defense

I just find an interesting article titled The Historic Christian Teaching Against Contraception: A Defense
which I highly recomend for those interested in specific issue in sexual ethics.

"The Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception, common to all Christian denominations for 1900 years, is
not arbitrary. It reflects a moral truth. And the Catholic Church can never revise it. Forty-eight years ago last month, our story reached a dramatic climax. But it began in the dawn of Christianity, with a document called the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (or Didache). Written thirty to fifty years after Christ’s death, it gives the earliest evidence of a Christian condemnation of contraception. For the next 1900 years, it was the view of every Christian body—East and West, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox—that contraception by spouses was immoral. (Its use outside of marriage wasn’t much discussed since non-marital sex was deemed sinful anyway.) It was even denounced, vociferously, by Reformers such as Luther and Calvin. In 1930, but only then, a single Protestant denomination cracked open the door to spousal contraception—but only for serious reasons. Soon, however, that and almost every other denomination had flung it wide open.

And the Catholic Church held firm. As the sexual revolution spread and “population bomb” panic swept the West, there were rumors and fervent hopes that the Church would change. The birth control pill had just been invented, and some thought it different in kind from condoms and other barriers. Perhaps (they reasoned) it wasn’t really contraceptive. A commission established by Pope Paul VI to study the question tried to split the difference. Its 1966 report concluded that any effort to sterilize spouses’ sex acts would fall within the ancient teaching against contraception; but it urged abandoning that teaching....."

More at http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/08/17559/



Archbishop Zimowski, Friend of the NCBC, Passes

Very sad news. Great a scholar, a true pastor, and a gentle soul who was filled with concern for the sick and the suffering Msgr. Archbishop Zimowski died July 12, 2016. More at:

National Catholic Bioethics Center :: Archbishop Zimowski, Friend of the NCBC, Passes


Last Dreams - Poslední sny

If you are interested in topic like  death, dying and human dignity, than I would strongly recommend this movie: "Last Dreams - Poslední sny" /Estephan Wagner /Dánsko/2013/59 min./.

"Hanne wonders about contacting her daughter in an attempt to reconcile. Britt would like to see her lifelong friend from Norway one last time. Myrna wants to spend her final moments with her husband, and to stand up once more and feel the sun on her face. Can they all fulfil their wishes? This intimate portrait of three women during the last weeks of their lives in a Danish hospice opens up a topic that is still taboo in the Czech Republic. Although the death of our loved ones is full of hardship, the director shows that empathetic nurses, psychologists and priests can help us be prepared. A touching and sensitively made film showing that our final journey can be taken with dignity."

More at: http://www.oneworld.cz/pit/films/33
See also review at: http://www.final-cut.dk/films2.php?mit_indhold_id=3&films_id=14 

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Children with three genetic parents

Such an interesting debate in bioethics today. It is the subject of considerable controversy in the field of bioethics... My question is: are we playing God?

What is the mitochondrial treatment performed in the UK? Will have a child patient three parents? Will the law authorizing the adoption of this type of interventions to break the religious and political taboos? What are the risks implied and what new therapies bring?

The legal, ethical and scientific dimensions of the new gene therapy session will discuss Havran dinner with former constitutional judge Professor John Drgonec, a bioethicist and professor Joseph Glasa, physician and biologist and philosopher Professor Peter Sykora.

More at http://www.rtvs.sk/televizia/archiv/7865/61574

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-parent_baby

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Death and dying...

I would like to recommend the following article/video titled as "What doctors don't learn about death and dying" from TEDTalks about death and dying:

"This reality has been largely hidden, as the final phases of life become less familiar to people. As recently as 1945, most deaths occurred in the home. By the 1980s, just 17 percent did. Those who somehow did die at home likely died too suddenly to make it to the hospital — say, from a massive heart attack, stroke or violent injury — or were too isolated to get somewhere that could provide help."

"Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. The first times, some cry. Some shut down. Some hardly notice. When I saw my first deaths, I was too guarded to cry. But I dreamt about them..."

More at: http://ideas.ted.com/death-and-the-missing-piece-of-medical-school/ 

Another good TEDTalks about death: http://ideas.ted.com/how-to-answer-the-question-am-i-dying/

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Just recently, European Commission lunched projects – IMPACT and EURO IMPACT. They bring together important research partners and stakeholders in European palliative and end-of-life care. During an invitational conference, last October 2013, they have launched a declaration with 10 recommendations for policy- and decision makers in order to improve the quality of and access to palliative care in an age-friendly Europe. These recommendations are based on recent scientific insights. The more signatures this declaration receives, the stronger the message to the policy and decision makers will be.

I strongly recommend signing the declaration at http://palliativecare2020.eu/declaration/ and spreading it to your national and international contacts.

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Jasbir T. Singh: Trudeau flunks catechism 101

Jasbir T. Singh: Trudeau flunks catechism 101: After Sunday Mass (May 18th, 2014) I was thrilled to find this document from the Archbishop of Ottawa (below) at the entrance of the Churc...