The World Over: More Commentary on the HHS Mandate, Feb 16

Watch the YouTube video of the Feb 16 2012 edition of EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo with guest Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, DC and the author of a new book, Seek First the Kingdom, on the US Catholic Bishops’ response to the HHS mandate.

Catholic health care and the poor, serving Christ or serving mammon

What follows are some thoughts and reflections on the current health care debate, specifically as it concerns Christian hospitals after reading Peter Singer, listening to Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, on The World Over, and others for many months. As Christians we are called to union with Christ. To pick up our crosses daily and follow in His footsteps. We are not called to succeed by any and all means. We are not called to do whatever it takes to get the job done. We are called to be faithful followers of our Lord. That’s what discipleship is all about. Too many Christians (I should say, “wanna be” Christians) forget that. They forget that Christ did not ask us to solve world poverty by any means. He did ask us to practice fraternal charity. He asked us to love our neighbors. He asked us to worship God so that we would receive the necessary grace to be able to follow Him so as to have communion with Him here, and to live with Him in eternal beatitude in the next life. Continue reading “Catholic health care and the poor, serving Christ or serving mammon”

Persisitent vegetative state maybe not so vegetative after all

I watched Raymond Arroyo talking with Fr. Tad Pacholczyk (director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia) on EWTN‘s The World Over a few days ago. And I was fascinated to learn that very recently researchers have had startling success using functional MRI’s to monitor brain wave activity in patients who have been in what has been called a “persistent vegetative state”, some for years. But researchers found that some of these patients were able to respond to questions with a simple “yes” or “no” as indicated by brain activity. The story was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 3 2010. To say that I was fascinated by this would be an understatement. Why aren’t more people making noise about this? Would this have made a difference in the Terri Schiavo case? I don’t know but it may make a difference in somebody’s case. I’m sure it already has.

Read the Chicago Tribune article or the National Post article.