23 May 2009

How to make a kosher baby


This story about the procedures orthodox Jews can go through to use in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination is missing one very important piece of information: natural family planing is nearly three times more successful and far cheaper.

Andrey Sheptytsky and Josyf Slipyj

Fr. Thomas J. Loya's  interview with Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky on the November 12, 2006 broadcast of Light of the East has really captured my imagination. So much so, that I bought the books Pray for God's Wisdom: The Mystical Sophiology of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptystky by Fr. Chirovsky and Christian social Ethics in Ukraine: The Legacy of Andrei Sheptytsky by Andrii Krawchuk from the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University.

I particularly enjoy the little story about Fr. Chirovsky and his grandmother praying for Archbishop Slipyj.

01 May 2009

Mandatory Marriage

All Protestant Fundamentalists will admit that both Christ and St. Paul encourage celibacy for the Kingdom for those that can accept it (cf. Matthew 19:12, 1 Corinthians 7:32-38). The reason for celibacy for the Kingdom is so that one can devote himself wholly  to God. Everyone has the right to choose a life of celibacy. Well, almost everyone.