Ethics

The dignity of the human person: history, core ideas, and implications for healthcare

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The dignity of the human person: history, core ideas, and implications for healthcare

A talk about the dignity of the human person by Fr Stephen Wang. It includes four sections: the history of the idea of human dignity; the core philosophical concepts; the Judeo-Christian perspective; and the implications […]

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Gendercide: the reality of sex-selective abortion in the UK

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Gendercide: the reality of sex-selective abortion in the UK

Having spoken to thousands of students about the issue of abortion, most teenagers usually feel that abortion on the grounds of gender is “well, just wrong, Miss”, an attitude that seems to be shared by […]

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Vocation to Love, part 8: ‘Remember those in prison’

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Vocation to Love, part 8: ‘Remember those in prison’

Yesterday I was introduced to Zac. Zacchaeus to you, the chap who is up the Jericho Tree. But he’s ‘Zac’ to the thousands of participants on the Sycamore Tree course. You see, it’s easier for […]

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Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for Rejecting Lord Falconer’s Bill

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Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for Rejecting Lord Falconer’s Bill

I have just written a report about the Assisted Dying Bill which is available to read and download here at the Care Not Killing website. The title of the report is Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for […]

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The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

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The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Here are some of the responses to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, highlighting the weaknesses and dangers of the Bill. This is a briefing from the Catholic Church in England and Wales: What the Bill […]

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Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

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Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords last week, and its second is expected on or close to 18 July. The Bill aims to change the law in order “to enable competent […]

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Not Dead Yet: a petition urging David Cameron to follow through on his declared support for the idea that Assisted Dying should not be legalised

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Not Dead Yet: a petition urging David Cameron to follow through on his declared support for the idea that Assisted Dying should not be legalised

This is taken from the Not Dead Yet petition on the change.org site. You can sign the petition here. And visit the Not Dead Yet website here. Please sign the petition TODAY to stop Lord Falconer […]

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When I was in prison you visited me

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When I was in prison you visited me

Who are the most neglected members of our society? Most likely, the 85,000 men and women who are in prison in England and Wales today. Did you have any idea it was that many? An […]

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International Day Against Child Slavery

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International Day Against Child Slavery

This comes one day late. Yesterday, April 16th, was the International Day Against Child Slavery. From the Solidaridad campaign: On April 16th 1995, Easter Sunday, Iqbal Masih was assassinated. In memory of Iqbal, symbol of […]

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Pope Francis hosts trafficking conference organised by Church in England and Wales

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Pope Francis hosts trafficking conference organised by Church in England and Wales

Last Thursday the Vatican hosted an international conference on the scandal of human trafficking, deplored by Pope Francis as a “crime against humanity”. The two-day conference, organized by the Church in England and Wales and chaired by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, […]

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Choosing life after not choosing death

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Choosing life after not choosing death

There is a good article on Albert Camus over at the First Things website. Camus famously said that the fundamental question of our age was suicide. He thought that to live honestly, one had to […]

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The Alliance of Pro-Life Students gathers momentum

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The Alliance of Pro-Life Students gathers momentum

The Alliance of Pro-Life Students (APS) hit the pro-life scene only a year and a half ago. On Saturday 8th February, this dynamic student body held its first AGM, following previous APS events such as a high-profile party […]

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From a London prayer group to the pro-life work of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference

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From a London prayer group to the pro-life work of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference

It’s been a year since I started work as the Director of the Department of Promotion and Defence of Life in the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, an experience I never expected! I had a conversion experience […]

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Making the market king

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Making the market king

In recent days the readings at Mass have been exploring the story of the institution of the monarchy amongst God’s people. One can write for days on the different theologies of monarchy in the scripture, […]

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Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion

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Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion

On Friday last week, fresh from the studios of Women’s Hour, Abby Johnson spoke to the Catholic Voices Academy  in London about “Changing Minds on Abortion”. Abby is a former executive at Planned Parenthood in Texas […]

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True happiness and the real meaning of the moral life

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True happiness and the real meaning of the moral life

If you are looking for a wonderful introduction to Catholic moral theology, you need look no further than William C. Mattison III’s Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues. I have been working through it […]

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The question is not whether we will die – but how we shall live

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The question is not whether we will die – but how we shall live

An address given by Fr Martin Boland at the St Francis Hospice “Light up a Life” Service, on the 2nd Sunday of Advent Last year, I went to visit a man, a parishioner from the Cathedral here […]

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How going to Confession can transform your life

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How going to Confession can transform your life

A sermon about the importance of the Sacrament of Confession during Advent, that should be helpful even outside of the Advent season.

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Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis

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Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis

John Keown, one of the Jericho Tree contributors, talks about his new co-edited volume on renowned legal philosopher, and leading authority on the law and ethics of medicine, John Finnis. Why did you decide to take on this […]

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The attempt to impose abortion-on-demand via Brussels

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The attempt to impose abortion-on-demand via Brussels

The European Parliament recently voted against an attempt to make abortion a ‘human right’ in the EU. So far, so reassuring. But the margin was narrow. And the debate exposed the growing hostility to freedom of conscience […]

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