Author: Charles Camosy

Should a Catholic Hospital be Obliged to do a Tubal Ligation?

No. And I make a brief argument in my piece in the LA Times yesterday in the context of the ACLU suing Mercy Hospital for refusing to do it. Here’s a snippet: Our liberty-centered culture has tried to make space for multiple value systems. Indeed, in his ground-breaking opinion legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy began by insisting the Constitution protects the liberty of all persons “to define and express their identity.” This is especially true when it comes to a value-laden and professional practice like healthcare. Alarmingly, this understanding of medicine is coming...

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Abortion Clinic Protesters

Which adjective came to mind when you read the title of this post? During my high school teaching days I also served as moderator of the pro-life club, and my students and I would pray outside abortion clinics from time to time. I miss my time with them very much, but based this experience–and hearing lots of criticisms from many different quarters–I can guess what some of those adjectives might be: Violent White Male Old Judgmental Conservative Pro-Birth Tonight, I got a very moving note from another high school teacher who told me about a recent experience bringing his...

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Did Pope Francis Say Something New about Abortion and Forgiveness?

There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Pope Francis’ words about abortion and forgiveness today. Covered by everyone from NPR to the Washington Post to Catholic News Service, few would argue the Holy Father’s emphasis on mercy–particularly on an issue like abortion–is not a welcome shift from approaches which tend to take a more prophetic approach to the evil of abortion. But much of the buzz seems to be surrounding the fact that there is something new in the Pope’s actual teaching here. Is there? Well, for starters, let’s compare his words released today… The tragedy of abortion...

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Should You Permit Your Kids to Play American Football?

For many high school football teams across the country, football practice begins tomorrow. As someone who spent his share of time dreading the torture of two-a-day practices, I now spend time as an older person thinking about a different-but-related question: should parents be dreading them as well? If you pay attention to the facts, you probably should. I don’t agree with everything in Steve Almond’s important book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, but it is well worth reading…particularly the chapter titled ‘Their Sons Grow Up Suicidally Beautiful.’ In this chapter he successfully argues the violence and commercialization of the...

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The Least Dignity: Treatment and Custody of Pre-Born Victims of Abortion Violence

This is a guest post from Justin Menno, doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Dayton, and instructor at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, MI. The following comes from research I was fortunate enough to hear him present at last year’s New Wine, New Wineskins conference. The controversy surrounding last week’s undercover video of Planned Parenthood’s resident medical director describing what is done to pre-born victims of abortion violence has generally centered on the apparent commercialization of the remains of these victims.  Or it has centered on the apparent manipulation of abortion procedures in ways contrary to...

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