ALL Associate Newsletter - Vol. 7, No. 47 - Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010 - By Leslie Tignor

American Life League
Associate Newsletter
Volume 7, Number 47
Monday, December 6, 2010

Life and Death Matters
A workshop on “brain death,” organ transplantation, prematurity and end of life issues featuring Dr. Paul A. Byrne, M.D., and Father Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I., will be held January 14-16, 2011, at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana. CME credits will be granted to physicians (CEUs for nurses pending). For a copy of the flyer, e-mail Leslie Tignor at // "> or, for more information, contact the Retreat Center office at 812-825-4642.

From Associates

Pro-Life Wisconsin
PLW has placed two billboards in the city of La Crosse for the month of December, which display the humanity of the preborn Baby Jesus for all to see – in ultrasound form! The billboards feature an ultrasound image of Baby Jesus with a halo and the words “He’s on His way: Christmas starts with Christ.” Virginia Zignego, communications director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, said, “Christmas is the perfect opportunity to connect the Baby Jesus we know with the preborn Baby Jesus. We hope this will lead people to see the preborn as babies deserving of the right to life.” View the billboard (and download the image for distribution everywhere!) at http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/Releases/Marys_ultrasound_LaCrosse.jpg

Tip of the Month – Naturalistic Secular Humanism
From Secular Humanism? by Rev. Henry V. Sattler, Ph.D.

There are two kinds of “nothing but” secular humanism. One is a “naturalistic” humanism and the other is a “technological” or “scientific” secular humanism.

It is difficult to define naturalistic secular humanism since those who follow it are often [ignorant] of the principles which really guide them. Naturalistic humanism seems to believe or teach that mankind is merely the result of a natural evolution from some sort of “force or ground of being which has proceeded from the first contraction (or contradictorily, a “big bang”) of a material chaos. This energy has formed first the earth and then all living reality, from one-celled creatures through plant, fish, bird, reptile, animal and human life. All this life is still in evolution, and though human beings are now the highest (up to now the most complex) of the mammals, they are merely one species among the others of the earth, and must, therefore, take their place among the more or less “endangered” species: in an environment of fixed and finite resources.

Among the “natural” secular humanists might be listed those concerned with the “overpopulation” of human beings while insisting on the preservation of the environment and the protection of all “endangered species” such as a rare kind of spider, a miniscule population of unusual mice and the tiny snail darter. Such groups as those devoted to Zero Population Growth, environmentalists such as the Sierra Groups, Wilderness Preservation, fighters against food additives, faddists for natural foods, absolute opposers of all nuclear power, those suspicious of any or all technological intervention – are often unconscious natural humanists.

Generally, the natural secular humanist has some sort of idyllic vision of life built upon freedom for every human impulse. Since the naturalistic humanists do not accept a plan outside themselves to which they must conform, they generally hold for the following of any impulse and pursue instant gratification. They are largely “pro-choice” in that they suggest that in sexuality they should be able to pursue masturbatory release at will, achieve instant mutual gratification, as pictured in the movie-record of Woodstock. They insist that they have the right to do what they will with their own bodies and that whatever they wish to do is morally correct “so long as nobody is hurt.” But, they define “hurt” to mean merely that any partner in the achievement might be unwilling or forced. For example, two people, a boy and a girl, would not harm each other with pre-marital sex, so long as they both agree to the action.

Further, every sexual release, narcissistic, heterosexual or homosexual is acceptable. There is no universally consistent set of principles for naturalistic humanism. Logical conclusions are often not drawn, or if drawn, not practiced. This is often due to cultural lag which shrinks from denying the mores of the moment, at least in the beginning. Again, some “naturalists” hold contradictory positions without realizing it. For example, some naturalists will defend the impulsive use of the natural narcotics such as marijuana to get “high,” and oppose drugs such as amphetamines, since these are “artificial chemicals.” Others will use both. Some will insist on environmental protection while flying their polluting airplanes over the wilderness.

The naturalistic humanists are those of the Woodstock Nation, the Age of Aquarius, the communes and even the Manson “family.” They practice a humanism of impulse.

Next month: Technological Humanism


Saving babies after an abortion starts
The Pro-Life Action League is excited to announce a new alliance with Resurrection Medical Center and the Women’s Center in establishing a protocol for assisting women who change their minds after initiating a second trimester abortion procedure. This groundbreaking partnership is the first of its kind in Chicago and can be a model for Catholic hospitals around the country. In preparation for setting new guidelines, the Pro-Life Action League arranged for Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist and practicing gynecologist from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to advise the hospital’s physicians and staff on the procedures involved in a later-term abortion and the reversal of the process.

The pro-abortion movement and the psychopathic mentality
When I read the words of pro-abortion leaders like Colombian psychologist Florence Thomas, who calls unborn babies “tumors” and says that they are only human if their mother wants them, a disturbing question comes to mind: what is, fundamentally, the difference between this type of perspective, so often expressed by abortionists, and the clinical definition of a “psychopath”?

Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells
Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live. The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their child’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth. After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in her blood, doctors say that they have confirmed that the treatment worked.

California’s stem cell research agency faces strong criticism
California voters passed Proposition 71 in 2004 – a move that authorized the state to issue $3 billion in state bonds to fund embryonic stem cell research. To date, CIRM has given $1.1 billion to California researchers and institutions. However, while embryonic stem cell research is seen as showing promise to help cure debilitating diseases, CIRM has been mired in criticism from consumer and government agency watchdog groups as well as the California legislature for conflicts of interests, a lack of transparency, a lack of progress and high salaries.

Closing Thought – Second Week of Advent

Happiness is a sure sign that God is at work in someone’s life. Sometimes, though, we look for happiness in the wrong places, thinking that we can find true joy without God. Advent reminds us that real happiness is not a matter of getting brightly wrapped presents or eating festive holiday meals or even being with family and friends. True joy comes in knowing that all that is good in our lives – including holiday celebrations – comes as a gift from God.

Growing in Love: Catholic Family Devotions for Advent, compiled by Mark Neilsen for Creative Communications for the Parish, 1997.


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