A more human society Archive

Planned Parenthood’s abortion fixation Default Thumbnail
A more human society

Planned Parenthood’s abortion fixation

Cecile Richards, who plans to retire this year as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has authored a self-congratulatory memoir called “Make Trouble.” During her decade-long leadership, trouble […]

Food for thought on helpless seniors Default Thumbnail
A more human society

Food for thought on helpless seniors

On March 11, The Washington Post reported on efforts to expand the “right to die” in Oregon and elsewhere. The state has passed legislation to study changing its law on […]

Ending a culture of violence Default Thumbnail
A more human society

Ending a culture of violence

A horrific mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and placed school violence and gun control at the forefront of public debate. Proposals include stricter regulations […]

‘It’s no use reasoning with you!’ Default Thumbnail
A more human society

‘It’s no use reasoning with you!’

Have you had arguments in which the other person would not concede your point, no matter how many compelling facts and reasons you brought to bear? That is most common […]

What is sex for? Default Thumbnail
A more human society

What is sex for?

It began with reports that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, over many years, used his power over aspiring actresses’ careers to sexually harass and exploit them. The allegations soon extended to […]

No greater love Default Thumbnail
A more human society

No greater love

President Donald Trump often says things that invite criticism. So I’m puzzled when his critics bother to attack even his more innocent remarks. The president is charged with insensitivity for […]

A response to suffering Default Thumbnail
A more human society

A response to suffering

Many years ago, I attended a conference where physicians and others discussed care for dying patients. One speaker asked audience members how they would prefer to die: To pass away […]

Discerning the spirits Default Thumbnail
A more human society

Discerning the spirits

Given a tough question, St. Thomas Aquinas sometimes declined to give a simple yes or no answer. Instead he began with: “distinguo.” The question can be taken different ways; we […]

Who speaks for Charlie Gard? Default Thumbnail
A more human society

Who speaks for Charlie Gard?

A seriously ill 11-month-old child in Great Britain has garnered the attention of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis and sparked an international debate. Charlie Gard is unresponsive and totally […]