VOl. 16, NO. 2

                                                                                                            October 2013

Dear Readers:

            Our Catholic Teaching article in this issue expands on our previous issue concerning In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Catholic teaching. In this issue the article by Mary Tillman expands upon the topic. She defines a number of moral and other problems with what is defined as assisted reproductive technologies (ART). New technologies now are able to make “three-parent” babies. This involves the destruction of at least two embryos to “create” the third embryo with genetic contributions from a father, a mother, and yet another mother. Even many secular and actively pro-choice scientists, bioethicists and women’s-health advocates have voiced grave and detailed concerns about the safety and utility of this new technology.

            Following the article on ATF, Patricia Johnson provides an excellent description of and the problems of relativism. As she states, relativism leaves us with no criterion for moral decision-making other than personal taste. It leaves us with no objective truths to govern our behavior. The moral compass of a relativist has nowhere to point but to himself. Patricia describes the many dangers of relativism to the individual and to society as well. Our Pope Emeritus warned, "We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires."   

            We have included current appropriate articles on Same Sex Marriages, Alternatives for Catholics to the New Health Care Regulations, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic Relief Service. Be sure to read these articles that not only pertain to your moral and religious beliefs but to your pocket book as well.

            A very different item in this issue is a letter I wrote to one of my grandson over ten years ago.  A friend who read it indicated it was even more pertinent today than it was when initially written. Being written on Veterans Day, I compared fighting the enemy in combat with fighting the enemy the young man (or woman) does not see and is often completely unaware of. The unannounced and invisible enemy is much worse today. The good news is the young man who received the letter will soon graduate from college, an older and wiser student.

            What I consider the key article in this issue pertains to the little known and little rewarded sidewalk counselors. Sidewalk counselors are the guys and gals who stand out on the sidewalks in front of abortion facilities trying to persuade women not to abort their babies. This is a hard job but it sometimes has enormous rewards if they are successful. There can be no greater reward than saving a life – especially if the woman or couple comes back with their baby to thank you. The heroes are the ones who keep up the tough work with very little rewards due to locations and other obstacles.           

            The story of a Modern Day Saint is the story of The Martyrs of Valencia. These were mostly clergy and religious from the Spanish Civil War. The war was fought from 1936 to1939, and at least 6000 clergy and religious were executed. For some reason history seems to have forgotten this terrible event. It should not be forgotten.

Jim Fritz


cc: Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield     

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