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“Pro-life” Group Touts Virtue of Suffering

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Catholic Pro-life organization wants you to just put up with suffering—and actually says so! The American Life League mobilizes devout Catholics against medical options that, to their way of thinking, violate God’s will. If you should drive past a Planned Parenthood … Continue reading

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Dementia Care? No Thanks!

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In a powerful article at the Atlantic, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel lined up facts and figures showing that much of the recent gain in human lifespan is  about stretching out the process of decline and death rather than living well for … Continue reading

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AwayPoint on Moral Politics TV: Catholic Healthcare–Who Calls the Shots?

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Catholic Bishops and Your Health Care – Who Calls the Shots? Valerie interviews Monica Harrington on Moral Politics prduced by Bill Alford–SCAN TV Seattle (28 minutes). Combine medieval theology, million-dollar paychecks, taxpayer subsidies and what’s the result? A Constitutional crisis … Continue reading

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How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters

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When it comes to matters of individual conscience, Washington State voters have a don’t-mess-with-us attitude that makes Texans look like cattle—and it goes way back. In 2012 Washington voters flexed their muscle by legalizing recreational marijuana use and marriage for … Continue reading

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Will the Catholic Bishops Decide How You Die?

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What happens when religious institutions get to manage public funds, absorb secular hospitals, and put theology above medical science and individual patient conscience? In 2010, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an elderly woman was rushed to a local hospital called St. John. … Continue reading

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The Freedom to Die in Peace

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The freedom to die in peace has been much in the news of late. When an 83-year-old man shot first his dying wife and then himself in a Pennsylvania hospice, distressed commenters speculated that local law left him with no better options. … Continue reading

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On Loving Life and Leaving It

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The name of Terri Schiavo is seared into our collective consciousness.  Her personhood is not, because by the time she became a celebrity she had none.  Terri was bulimic, and, whether her body draws its last breath this week or … Continue reading

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