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“If you commodify body parts, including reproductive materials, who’s going to be selling them? It’s going to be the poor. And who’s going to be buying them? It’s going to be rich people,” Jonathan D. Moreno, a University of Pennsylvania bioethicist, told The Washington Post.

“You’re gradually going down a slippery slope that not only undermines respect for certain body parts but eventually whole bodies of, say, people who are very old or very sick or very poor,” he said.

Do you feel that warm gunky sludge on your backside?  you know, from tumbling down the slippery slope?

keep finding these kinds of stories, the kinds of stories that the Church warned about years ago, but were dismissed as rubbish and “something that will *never* happen.”  Well…it’s happened.  An American fertility clinic is offering free eggs to a lucky winner in Great Britain.  If you read the article, you learn that actually this has been going on for some time and that now Quebec will be offering free eggs at an annual taxpayer cost of $80 million.   Our poor Catholic brothers and sisters in Canada, being forced to pay for the commodification of human life.  

To repeat what I said in a prior post:

Each hopeful would-be parent is not owed a child by nature.  As the Church teaches:

2378 A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The “supreme gift of marriage” is a human person. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged “right to a child” would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine rights: the right “to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents,” and “the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

(If you do not know it, the Church condemns as a moral evil, IVF procedures.  See DONUM VITAE.  (For an explanation of the teachings, I recommend this article.)

Full article on AOL here.

St. Joseph, pray for us.  

(see this and this for my previous posts)

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Awhile back I posted about the fate of 3 children who came into existence through artificial means.  IVF and other infertility treatments which take conception out of the realm of nature and move it into the laboratory are resulting in multiple moral and ethical nightmares.  Take this story, from the Chicago Tribune.

In-vitro fertilization made it possible for Adriana and Robert Potter to welcome twins Anabella and Matteus into the world. For the same reasons many couples can’t conceive, IVF was their only option if they wanted children of their own.

But with that choice came another: what to do with two other embryos created in the same petri dish but never placed in the womb. On that dilemma, the Potters have agreed to disagree for now.

If the Elmhurst couple decides they don’t want more children, Adriana Potter believes donating the embryos to advance reproductive technology or treat debilitating diseases would be the most life-affirming choice.

“Think about it. The only way we got this far with IVF is because there was research in the past,” she said. “There were sacrifices to help families like us have kids. … When it comes to promoting the creation of new life, you have modern medicine and the choice to use it for good, to fulfill dreams.”

There were sacrifices to help families like us have kids…” — This is from the mom, to whom I would answer:  Human sacrifice hardly seems to be a foundation upon which to build your family.  Unless you are a Mayan chieftain in the year 1500.

Robert Potter imagines having more children to fulfill God’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply. But if they decide to have no more, he favors donating the embryos for another couple to do the same. Viable embryos should not be taken for granted, he said.

“It’s not just a moral (issue). It’s a waste,” he said. “Why would you waste an opportunity if it’s a good one?”

As thousands of frozen embryos continue to accumulate and pressure mounts to decide their fates, doctors say more families must weigh the promise and perils of adoption and research.

I’m not sure that the dad fully understands the issue if he thinks this isn’t about morality but overall, his statement is right:  human life should not be wasted.

The freedom to make that decision without condemnation is one of the many factors Adriana finds appealing about the Methodist church, where the couple will baptize their children right before Christmas. Raised Roman Catholic in Brazil, Adriana began to drift after a heart-wrenching divorce.

She cannot imagine her offspring raised by another family without any control over their upbringing. By devoting them to research, she as their mother would have the final say about their greater purpose in life.

But Robert doesn’t trust that every embryo fulfills a greater purpose. He can’t imagine sentencing two potential children to short lives that would end in a laboratory.

The Rev. Norma Lee Barnhart, pastor of Elmhurst First Methodist Church, encourages the couple to have conversations with God and with each other.

The Methodist church endorses stem cell research, though it doesn’t dictate that’s what a couple should choose. Citing First Corinthians 13:12a letter the apostle Paul wrote 2,000 years ago describing the process of maturing in one’s faith, she prescribes time and patience.

“In our faith those decisions are made by the person with God’s help and with the help of the church community,” she said.

Okay, so the mother of the Solomon’s wisdom story, this woman ain’t.  If you remember the story to which I am referring, King Solomon settles a dispute between two mothers by ordering that the baby be cut in half and given to the two arguing women.  In fear, one mother cries out that instead of killing the child, Solomon should give it to the other mother.  The second mother says, yeah, go ahead and kill it, thus proving who the real mother is.   A real mother would wish for her child to live, even if that meant with someone else raising it, rather than see him or her die.  A fake, selfish, jealous and vengeful mother only cares about her own interests.  Adriana Potter:  grab your Bible (or borrow your husband’s) and read 1 Kings 13 and then…go take a good hard look in the mirror.

My take on this is that the Mrs. Potter has a very tenuous relationship not only with the Church but with Christ’s authority.  She left the Church over her divorce (presumably because she couldn’t submit to the Church teaching) and joined a Methodist church not so much because of her husband’s beliefs but because the Methodists have abandoned Scripture for modernism and simply do not care about Biblical teachings on divorce.  She wants the children she wants and those she choses not to raise, she wants them destroyed rather than blessing some other family.

Do I sound harsh?  I am sorry, I probably am being too harsh, but something in this article really sticks in my craw.   Something like this:

Fertility Centers of Illinois now stores about 20,000 embryos from about 4,550 patients.

Perhaps it is the fact that there are THOUSANDS of little babies in each of HUNDREDS of these puppy mills fertility clinics just staying on ice until they are destroyed purposely or killed in laboratory experiments.  Each of these little babies–a million souls?–cost so much in money, time, effort and hope.  Every single one of these babies was created–their parents would say–because of the love their parents felt for them.  Love.   When the parents meet up with them at the gates of Heaven, they can try explaining how much love they felt for them that they gave them over to science to be experimented on alive and dead.

Our mother Church is so wise.  We need to heed to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit who is guiding the Church.   We are leading ourselves astray.  We are bringing horrors upon ourselves.  In our need, we are creating…destruction.  How’s that for irony?

Embryos’ fate: A fertile debate — chicagotribune.com

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h/t = Sarah Pulliam Bailey at Get Religion

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In this Year of the Priest, it is fitting that I should stumble upon these amazingly charming videos from Eskyguard on YouTube.   I don’t know who “Eskyguard” is but the videos were made by seminarians at Creighton a few years ago.  They’re great!  Here’s what the YouTube info space says about the series, as posted by Eskyguard:

Short commercial comparing NFP and Contraception directed, written, acted, and edited by Catholic seminarians at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha.
We actually shot this on the 39th anniversary of Humanae Vitae without knowing it! That’s Providence!
There are seven videos in the series (hmm, very theologically sound number, gentlemen!), and although the production values are a little low, the script, actors, presentation and awesomeness of their witnessing more than make up for it!
 

Video 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v56Z1DIMI58&feature=channel

Video 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti9ZBGRf9qc&feature=channel

Video 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0UomDP6ExM&feature=channel

 Video 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3ch8rdg9HE&feature=channel

 

(Posting the last three in the next entry.)

 Since these seminarians posted these videos over 2 years ago (on the anniversary of Humanae Vitae!), it’s completely possible that some of these young men have been ordained now and are out serving the Catholic faithful.  I don’t know why, but thinking that makes me very, very happy.  They are young but full of faith and energy.  The Church here in America need both the faithfulness and the energy!  It reminds me again that in my youth and for my siblings, we were failed by our local parish and diocese and by our parents, both in formal catechism and in life lessons.  I’ll do a post on that sometime but in the meantime,–as I was saying…these young seminarians sure gladden my heart and I’m  happy that they are out there, somewhere, fighting the good fight.  Bless them, and bless their parents.

 Oh!  And don’t forget to pray for them!  The path of a priest is a lonely path, they need all the prayers we can give them.  Try this prayer, which I got from St. Vincent Ministry for Priests:

Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out throught their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your words on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted. And may the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your divinee image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

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And here are “rounds” 5, 6 and 7 of the epic match-up, NFP v. Contraceptive.  

Enjoy! 

Video 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqtx0IX8X7Q&feature=channel

Video 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN8j2ILe_Gc&feature=channel

Video 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_hzLXWdyL4&feature=channel

 

…And the winner is…

Natural Family Planning!

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