Author: Andrew Kim

Hooray for Nominal Catholics!

When I first began RCIA in 2006, there was a gentleman in my class named Larry. He was either in his late fifties or early sixties. A very successful entrepreneur, and a person with a sincere and kind disposition, Larry had been attending mass with his wife, Mary, for the previous thirty-some years. So why was Larry only now entering RCIA? He explained to me that Mary had been raised Catholic and that when they had kids they both agreed that it would be in the best interests of the children to give them a religious upbringing. So they...

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A Catholic Appeal to the Pro-Choice Movement in the U.S.

In modern day India, an estimated 50,000 female fetuses are aborted monthly due to gender partiality for boys. Since 1980, an estimated 40,000,000 girls have gone “missing” due to sex-selective abortion, abandonment, or slaughter. Whether killed in the womb or thrown in the trash after birth, gendercide takes many forms and has been referred to alternatively as, “India’s dirty little secret” and “India’s national shame.” Consequently, the Indian government has criminalized both the use of ultrasounds for identifying the sex of the child as well as sex-selective abortion. However, these laws are seldom enforced. This is at least partly...

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The Morality of the Cry-Room: In Defense of the Rights of the Diaper and Bib Crowd (and their parents)

I remember going to see Mel Gibson’s 2004 film, The Passion of the Christ shortly after it came out. The theatre was packed, so I was flanked by strangers on both sides. On my right side sat a middle-aged woman who introduced herself to me before the film began. Her name was Janie. She spoke to me about her church and her daughter’s struggle with faith and so forth. On my left sat two elderly Latina women, a mother and her daughter. They spoke to each other in Spanish and did not seem to take much notice of the...

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The Mother of God and Commercial Surrogacy

Contract pregnancy involves a contractual agreement between a commissioning client and a woman who carries the client’s child as a surrogate. In 1978, the first “test tube baby” was born. The egg and sperm of a married couple were mixed outside the body and a successful fertilization took place. The fertilized egg was implanted in the wife who carried it through gestation and delivery. This process of in vitro fertilization was a watershed moment for new reproductive methods or “assisted reproduction technologies” (ARTs). These ARTs allowed married, unmarried, and same-sex couples to have children regardless of their physical capacity...

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