Author Archive for Dr. Gerard Nadal

Thanks, Fr. Benedict
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Thanks, Fr. Benedict

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He was a pro-life champion. He was a great supporter of EWTN and Mother Angelica. He was a huge booster for Franciscan University. He was a tireless therapist/spiritual director/advocate for priests in trouble. He was a lighthouse for fidelity and truth in the faith during the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s. He was co-founder of Good […]

 The Abortion Breast Cancer Link: When Orthodoxy Trumps Science and Reason
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The Abortion Breast Cancer Link: When Orthodoxy Trumps Science and Reason

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In the debate surrounding the purported link between abortion and breast cancer (ABC link), there has arisen a core of individuals whose demeanor can best be described as zealous. This group has all but abandoned the core scientific principle of allowing themselves to be led, without prejudice, by the preponderance of the scientific data. It […]

Celebrating Divorce
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Celebrating Divorce

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“Life is Difficult.” With those three opening words of profound truth, M. Scott Peck began a self-help revolution in his classic, The Road Less Traveled. It is really a provocative opening line for a book, a statement of the incredibly obvious, and yet a revelation. As one of the central institutions of civilization marriage, too, […]

The Magic of Belief
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The Magic of Belief

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Through the years I have been asked to review a good many books on topics from microbiology, to evolution, biomedical ethics, spirituality, and even the life of Cardinal Newman. It’s always a privilege to do so, to be a part of the birthing of an author’s dream, to help bring forward an idea, a perspective, […]

The Divergent Dignities of Terri Schiavo and Roxy the Dog
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The Divergent Dignities of Terri Schiavo and Roxy the Dog

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Every now and then the biomedical community and the legal system are presented with the opportunity to rediscover our collective humanity through the lens of animal rights and animal cruelty. More often than not that lens has insufficient power to correct their distorted perception of human dignity. Having just passed the ninth anniversary of Terri […]

 The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence
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The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence

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Wesley J. Smith has a disturbing article dealing with Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu’s proposal to screen human embryos for intelligence. Smith quotes Savulescu: A common objection is that being smarter does not make your life better. In this study, researchers were concerned with those with an IQ between 70-85. Below 70 is classified as intellectual […]

Open Letter to the Biomedical Community on Down Syndrome and Other "Undesirable Life"
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Open Letter to the Biomedical Community on Down Syndrome and Other “Undesirable Life”

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This letter is addressed to every physician, scientist, and genetic counselor who believes in a eugenic agenda that targets the unborn specifically because of diagnosed genetic anomalies. It asks a series of penetrating questions that invite thoughtful response, and are not meant to be rhetorical. The first question is: WHO? Who taught you in medical […]

An American Antidote for Belgium Euthanizing Children
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An American Antidote for Belgium Euthanizing Children

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News today that Belgium has approved euthanasia for any age. From BBC: Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the […]

When a Governor Needs to Resign
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When a Governor Needs to Resign

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In a speech reported in the Times Union this past Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated unequivocally that anyone who is pro-life, anti-homosexualist, and in favor of an undiluted Second Amendment has no place in the State of New York. From the Times Union: You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching […]

Why HIV, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea are Rising Among Homosexuals
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Why HIV, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea are Rising Among Homosexuals

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This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report,Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2012, to whining among journalists that the reason for the documented continued rise in syphilis (primarily affecting homosexuals) has more to do with homophobia than anything else. Consider the following from Bloomberg News: Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the […]

 Christmas: No Longer Afraid
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Christmas: No Longer Afraid

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Pondering the Gospel narratives from the Annunciation to the Presentation, it is striking how all of the principals in the story were confused, troubled and even gripped by fear. All of them. And from Heaven came the constant, soothing admonishment: “Do not be afraid.” Beginning with the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the priest, […]

Healing Hearts: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement
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Healing Hearts: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement

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To some of the finest people I’ve been privileged to know: For decades I heard the call in prayer to stand up against the monstrous evil that has been unfolding in this nation since Roe v. Wade, which was handed down when I was twelve years old. For years I blinded myself to the horror […]

Defeating Autism: Joseph at Year Three in Boy Scouting
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Defeating Autism: Joseph at Year Three in Boy Scouting

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This is a story about defeating autism, the practical attainment of hope for devastated parents, and a whole new way of approaching a scourge upon our beloved children. Our son, Joseph, happens to be its protagonist; but the joyful hope in this story resides in the certainty that it is a template into which parents […]

Record Closings of Abortion Clinics Portend Darker Days Ahead?
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Record Closings of Abortion Clinics Portend Darker Days Ahead?

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According to Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue there have been 44 abortion clinic closings this year. That would drive the total number of clinic closings since 1992 close to 75% of that year’s total. That is a monumental achievement for the pro-life movement, the fruit of decades of hard work by thousands. For as monumental […]

Transgendering Children
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Transgendering Children

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Groucho Marx used to tell of a man who went to see a psychiatrist: So you see, doctor, the problem is that my brother thinks he’s a chicken. Well, have you told him he’s not a chicken? No. Why not? Because we need the eggs! As the implosion of Western Civilization accelerates, the once unthinkable […]

Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part II)
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Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part II)

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Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part I) Building on what has been said in the first two posts, we continue with the fallout from the pope’s interview with atheist publisher Eugenio Scalfari. If the pope’s refusal to take the bait on preaching specific moral norms didn’t make many tear their hair out in […]

Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part I)
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Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part I)

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The blows continue raining down on Francis over his interview with an atheist, and with an intense scorn that is simply breathtaking. This may take a few posts to cover in its entirety, but here goes… In my last article I defended Francis: He. Is. Peter. This pope has barely begun to cast his net and […]

Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change
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Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change

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“That’s not what he really meant to say…” These are increasingly common words spoken on behalf of Pope Francis. Increasingly, Catholic bloggers are having to compile montages of quotes to show the strain of orthodox continuity in the Pope’s interviews. For many traditionalists, it is the frightful spectre of a Jesuit pope ascending the throne […]

What Pope Francis Really Thinks About Abortion and Homosexuality
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What Pope Francis Really Thinks About Abortion and Homosexuality

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Having spent yesterday reading the secular news accounts of Pope Francis’ recent comments about abortion and homosexuality, and having also read reports from the uber-right, it is distressing to see that people either can’t read or can’t think. This Pope is being undermined left and right. Literally. For the rest of us, we can read […]

Abortion and the Finitude of “Erin Go Bragh”
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Abortion and the Finitude of “Erin Go Bragh”

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“Erin Go Bragh,” the Gaelic for, “Ireland Forever.” Actually, that’s the corruption of the Gaelic, “Éirinn go Brách.” The term, brách, literally translates as, “until eternity,” or “until the end of time.” This more accurate translation shows the richer Catholic soil from which the sentiment springs. It is less a temporal, here-and-now forever, as it […]

Requiem for the Ballerinas
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Requiem for the Ballerinas

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The corruption of innocence is a deadly sin, because it corrupts the innocents. Better a millstone be tied around the necks of those who corrupt the innocent and they be flung into the sea, said Jesus. He really never pointed out too many particular sins attaching to them a ‘woe betide’. About the only other […]

Pius XII, Richie, Potsie, and the Fonz: Happy Days 2.0
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Pius XII, Richie, Potsie, and the Fonz: Happy Days 2.0

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“A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, […]

Dr. Kermit Gosnell - Philadelphia Clinic
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Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Case Matters

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for his life in Philadelphia because of how he ran his medical clinic, the “Women’s Medical Society” at 3801 Lancaster. That impressive establishmentarian-sounding title belied a business which reflected the abortion philosophy lived to its fullest expression and logical conclusion. In the final analysis, the Gosnell case reveals much […]

 Federal Judge Approves Plan B for Over the Counter at Any Age
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Federal Judge Approves Plan B for Over the Counter at Any Age

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It is difficult to imagine that any public official could possibly march to the left of Barack Obama or HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, but last week Federal District Court Judge Edward Korman did just that when he approved the sale of Plan B to children of any age. Previously, Sebelius ordered that based on the […]

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