By Father Shenan J. Boquet, President, Human Life International - Troubling rumors have been swirling around Rome for months now about an alleged papal commission tasked with undertaking an “historical review” of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. Despite initial denials about the existence of the commission, it appears that a Vatican official has just confirmed that there is, in fact, such a commission at work.
By Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream - “Science is Giving the Pro-Life Movement a Boost,” wrote Emma Green in The Atlantic. Green’s article says research shows the unborn child is not a mass of cells but a developing baby… “Scientific progress is remaking the debate around abortion,” Green reports. “New technology makes it easier to apprehend the humanity of a growing child and imagine a fetus as a creature with moral status.”
By Liberty McArtor, The Stream - According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the fertility rate is currently at 1.77 births per woman over her lifetime. This is based on the General Fertility Rate (GFR), which measures fertility rates based on the annual number of births. That rate has dropped 3.8 percent since 2015, and 16.4 percent since 2007. In 2007, the fertility rate was 2.12. Developed countries have a replacement rate of about 2.1.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, So that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint......