Of Catholics, Conscience and California

Recently the Facebook Page “Californians for Vaccine Choice” published a letter written by Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, to California State Senator Joel Anderson.  Having been subject to a major measles outbreak just a few short months ago, the California legislature has been examining ways to prevent further outbreaks from occurring in the future, culminating with Senate Bill 277.  In her letter, Ms. Vinnedge talks about, among other things, the right of conscience and the lack of alternative vaccines carrying no taint of remote cooperation with evil for Californians who would otherwise immunize their children.

First of all, what is a vaccine mandate?  A vaccine mandate is not the same as compulsory vaccination.  In no state in the United States is any immunization compulsory.  There are no places where a child will be forcibly vaccinated over and against parental objections or legitimate medical contraindications.  This is not an edict imposed on the masses to ensure complete compliance of the population with a Big Brotherly demand that all children submit to medical procedures deemed necessary by the state.Read More »

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Ethically Confronting the Measles Outbreak

Ethically Confronting the Measles Outbreak
Before I had children, I was upset to discover that some vaccines were problematic from a Catholic perspective because they were derived from fetal cell lines. As someone who considers herself pro-life, I certainly hesitated at the thought of giving them to my future children. Obviously, it would be ideal for all the available vaccines to be ethically sourced. How was I to weigh the problematic origins of the fetal cell lines with the public health good of vaccines, not to mention the health of my children? But since the United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, the need for the vaccine didn’t feel so urgent; it seemed very unlikely that my future children would come into contact with the disease. Read More »

Hakuna Matata: Being Anti-vaccine in an Outbreak

Another measles outbreak has hit the United States, this one traced back to California’s Disneyland theme park, spreading to multiple states, and causing a series of headlines with ironic, corny allusions about “the happiest place on earth” not being so happy and how highly infectious disease makes it “a small world, after all.”

Disneyland-measles2Another outbreak. Another opportunity for the medical and media communities to remind people of the dangers of measles and the dangers of anti-vaccine misinformation.Read More »

Gnosticism and Alternative Health Practices

There is something in human nature that always looks for more, always reaching for the next rung or the sweeter fruit, whatever that appears to be.  Instead of observing, analyzing, consulting and revisiting, we grasp for what is not given to us, and the allure of the secret knowledge remains ever persistent.  Magic trumps the mundane, and we can so invisibly slide towards preferring the devil we don’t know to the doctor or doctrine we do. Read More »

Pornography and Marriage : A Personal Account: Part Two {Science and Resources}

In my last blog post I shared my personal account of pornography and other sex addiction within my marriage.  While it’s normal and understandable as the wife of a sex addict to take your husband’s “acting out” personally, I have found it extremely helpful to understand the science behind pornography and other sex addiction as a path to my healing.  Personal healing in this journey cannot be overemphasized.  It’s natural to want to hurry up and “fix” the addict but the trauma to spouses as a result of their husband’s sex addiction is very real and also must be dealt with.  One question I had was why was my husband viewing pornography when I had literally never rejected him sexually even one time.  Never.  So I started researching what pornography does to the brain.  It’s not pretty.  Read More »

Giving Tuesday

Today, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to remember with our donations the charities that can benefit so much from our support during the Christmas season.  There are many worthwhile charities that preserve the dignity of the human person at so many various stages of life.  I invite our commenters to let us know about any other charities and non profit groups they are proud to support, and I will update this post accordingly.Read More »

Pornography and Marriage : A Personal Account

“My broken heart weeps blood and tears from shattered vows, promises, and the thought of all that was lost.  My soul aches for truth, justice, and righteousness.  I need a real man and hero to stand against the evil, to protect me, to value our marriage and family like I do.  I look at myself in the mirror and wonder who I have become.  The pain masks my true self.  I feel like an old toy that was discarded and then brought out again, but for how long?  I’m scared.  Some days the grace flows freely, but other days I feel so very alone.  I am divided within myself, and I wonder how my own husband could betray me in such a perverse way.  Sometimes compassion and forgiveness is easy.  Sometimes the wound is too fresh.  I am in so much pain that I feel I might break in two.  How can I face this and move forward?  Supernatural power has carried me so far.  How long until that is gone?  I must seem so foolish to John.  A naive little housewife who wasn’t skinny enough or sexy enough, and who is now too stupid and weak to stand up for herself.  Why must I search for answers?  Maybe there aren’t any, and maybe there is no way to explain this horrible nightmare or find any redemption in it.  Maybe God will bring me true peace someday.  Today I am in turmoil, divided, and sad.”  That is my diary entry from 3 months after my husband’s first official disclosure that my suspicions of 19 years were true and he did, in fact, have a pornography addiction. Read More »