Category: Mercy and Killing

ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

[ 2 ] September 10, AD 2014 |

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Martyrdom in Mosul

Martyrdom in Mosul

[ 4 ] August 13, AD 2014 |

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce evil. After […]

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Christ Teaches Us How to Die

Christ Teaches Us How to Die

[ 3 ] April 17, AD 2014 |

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) There are many, many lessons to be learned in the example Christ left for us in his suffering and death on the cross. One of those, I believe, […]

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I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

[ 2 ] March 20, AD 2014 |

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24-year-old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received over a […]

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Child Euthanasia and the Creative Character of Suffering

Child Euthanasia and the Creative Character of Suffering

[ 3 ] March 10, AD 2014 |

Last month the Belgian Parliament passed a bill authorizing “voluntary” euthanasia for terminally ill children. Despite pressure from thousands of signatories to a petition requesting that he do otherwise and protests in the country against the bill, King Philippe signed the measure into law last week on March 4th. Belgium initially legalized euthanasia for adults […]

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Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

[ 1 ] January 24, AD 2014 |

In a similar vein to my post about Duck Dynasty and A&E’s clear message to Christians, I wanted to recall attention to this article posted on Salon, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” and examine the 2014 attitude towards abortion from those who defend it. The piece is just about a year old now, but […]

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Good News About Down Syndrome

Good News About Down Syndrome

[ 0 ] November 5, AD 2013 |

The modern search and destroy mission to wipe people with Down syndrome off of the planet through eugenic abortion has taken so much love and joy out of the world. Not only is life with Ds not as bleak as most parents are told when their child is prenatally diagnosed, but scientists are making significant advancements in the treatment some of the more serious side-effects of the disorder.

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Being Pregnant on Respect Life Sunday

Being Pregnant on Respect Life Sunday

[ 0 ] October 7, AD 2013 |

This weekend I visited my parents for my dad’s birthday. Sunday morning the family went to church where my mom and I climbed the stairs to the choir loft to sing for Sunday Mass. It was so good to be “home”–before I got married, I sang each Sunday and practiced each Thursday with these people. […]

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Enterprise Ethics

Enterprise Ethics

[ 3 ] October 3, AD 2013 |

One of my favorite television shows when I was younger was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve been watching some old episodes of the series on Netflix and recently I was very surprised and impressed with an episode called “Ethics” and the way it dealt with the issue of disability and assisted suicide. The episode […]

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Your Misery Has Disappeared in the Depths of My Mercy

Your Misery Has Disappeared in the Depths of My Mercy

[ 2 ] September 6, AD 2013 |

It is at the confluence of hope and despair where the message of the cross shines the brightest, where the love of its Victim is seen in its fullest light. There, Jesus beckons us and at Calvary, he calls out and says, “I thirst” (John 19:28). What does he thirst for? He thirsts for souls, […]

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Death with Dignity and Other Euphemisms

Death with Dignity and Other Euphemisms

[ 16 ] October 27, AD 2012 |

Our society is very fond of euphemisms. We like to wrap up difficult ideas and realities with words that make us feel warm and fuzzy, or at least distract us from the real meaning behind the word or phrase we are using. Phrases like pass away, friendly fire, and letting someone go, litter our vocabulary. We don’t even […]

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How to Argue Against Euthanasia without Resorting to “Because God Doesn’t Like It”

How to Argue Against Euthanasia without Resorting to “Because God Doesn’t Like It”

[ 9 ] October 8, AD 2012 |

While the cultural battle rages most obviously around abortion, another threat to human dignity, euthanasia, has been in the background for decades. And while many will concede that the killing of an innocent child is morally questionable, they might disagree when it comes to euthanasia. After all, isn’t it more compassionate to allow someone to […]

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Kiss of the Spider Woman (On the Frontline Series)

Kiss of the Spider Woman (On the Frontline Series)

[ 5 ] August 6, AD 2012 |

My name is Dan, and I am an abortion sidewalk counselor in New Jersey. This is my inaugural column for a series I will call On the Frontline. Yes, by the grace of God, and resulting from a lifetime of nagging by the Hound of Heaven, I have moved onto the prayer line at an […]

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92% and Perfect Babies

92% and Perfect Babies

[ 4 ] July 18, AD 2012 |

I read a fact the other day on the internet: Eight percent of all babies in the womb who test positive for Down syndrome or a genetic anomaly survive and are born. That means 92% of all babies who test positive are aborted. Ninety two percent never get a chance. Reading that fact shook me […]

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Death is Not a Right

Death is Not a Right

[ 6 ] June 16, AD 2012 |

A little late to our symposium here on “mercy and killing.”  The “and,” our editor informed us, was meant to keep the subject broad – and boy was it! Many commented specifically on mercy killing and euthanasia while others took a completely different approach, talking about just mercy in general, the death penalty and even […]

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May I Have Mercy with a Side of Responsibility, Please?

May I Have Mercy with a Side of Responsibility, Please?

[ 5 ] May 24, AD 2012 |

In this culture that promotes the party lifestyle and throws morals out the window, responsibility is a word many people have forgotten.  Parents have forgotten to teach it to their children, preferring to fix all of their mistakes for them; the government has decided to forgo teaching it to its citizens, instead offering anyone a share […]

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