After a day of arguing with people on social media about the humanity of the unborn human child, I thought I’d re-post something I wrote ten years ago. It’s still relevant, it’s still an issue with far too many people, and it still saddens my heart and boggles my mind that anyone doesn’t understand this, or, worse, that they deny it: a separate and distinct human organism with his or her own DNA begins at conception. But I’m not going to re-post what I wrote back then. In this brief post I want to share a 6-minute video showing the development of the human organism from beginning to birth. (Download this video for free, see links at the end of this post.)

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I watched a very short video tonight after arguing with some people on YouTube about embryonic stem cell research, the right to life of every human being, and why embryonic stem cell research is a waste of valuable time, money, and effort, and intrinsically immoral and unethical too. (The “donors”—the embryos—are destroyed to get the stem cells. Adult stem cell research has been very positive and does not result in the death of the donor.) I think part of the problem is, some folks just don’t know what the heck an embryo is. Or a fetus, for that matter. Some of them can’t tell the difference between a cell (which is much more complex than most people realize) and a developing human being, which is what an embryo is and what a fetus is too. Continue reading

I downloaded Pope Benedict’s newest encyclical, Love in Truth, a couple of days ago and started reading it last night. It’s about 30,000 words and I’ve only read through section 12 (out of 79), but I can tell you that I am really enjoying it. We’re talking social justice here and the weaving together of many themes that concern the Church today and that concern all people of good will. Continue reading