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The Person: Role of Secular Leaders. Porta Fidei Benedictus PP.XVI Apostolic letter introducing Year of Faith: 10/12 to 12/13 50 th Anniversary Vatican.

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1 The Person: Role of Secular Leaders

2 Porta Fidei Benedictus PP.XVI Apostolic letter introducing Year of Faith: 10/12 to 12/13 50 th Anniversary Vatican II 20 th Anniversary CCC Profound crisis of faith Rediscover the joy of believing Rediscover the enthusiasm of communicating Faith Need to arouse every believer to express Faith with renewed conviction, especially in liturgy and Eucharist CCC as indispensable tool

3 Porta Fidei “Faith…demands social responsibility” “…faith is an act both personal and communitarian” “in our cultural context, very many people while not claiming to have gift of faith are nevertheless sincerely searching…” “faith is now being subjected to a series of questions…limits field of rational certainties to that of science and technology…cannot be any conflict between faith and science” “Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt”

4 Dr. Ernesto Cofino

5 Guatemalan Pediatrician Father of 5 Researcher/Faculty member Founder various charitable agencies Strong pro-life advocate Member of Opus Dei

6 Dr. Ernesto Cofino Born Guatemala City graduated with honors University of Sorbonne, France as surgeon Pioneer in pediatric research Chair of Pediatrics at University of San Carlos 24 years Founder of Pediatric Association of Guatemala Dedicated to patients physical health as well as personal difficulties

7 Dr. Ernesto Cofino Church’s social teaching a reality Inspired and promoted organizations for needy mothers, abandoned children and orphans Caritas de Guatemala-director; distribution of food to poor villages Children’s tuberculosis hospital Society for Protection of Children Interamerican Institute for the Child “one of founders of pro-life campaign in Guatemala”

8 Dr. Ernesto Cofino Age of 57 requested admission to Opus Dei Cancer of jaw age 80—died age 92. “imbuing his exquisite social sensibility and his great professional sense with an urgent zeal for the rechristianization of society” Cause of Canonization opened July 7, 2000 Reports of favors attributed to Dr. Cofino from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, US, Australia, Peru, France, Poland and Spain.

9 Porta Fidei “Faith…demands social responsibility” “…faith is an act both personal and communitarian” “in our cultural context, very many people while not claiming to have gift of faith are nevertheless sincerely searching…” “faith is now being subjected to a series of questions…limits field of rational certainties to that of science and technology…cannot be any conflict between faith and science” “Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt”

10 Reflections Do we know social teachings of Church, read the major encyclicals? Do we examine our participation in social activities in which we can serve less fortunate with our skills? Do we see our profession as way to bring others to Christ, and as our means of sanctity?

11 Dr. Jerome Lejeune

12 French Pediatrician and Geneticist Discovered genetic basis of Down Syndrome Strong Pro-Life Advocate “Servant of God”

13 Dr. Jerome Lejeune Down syndrome probably a chromosomal accident Learned karyotyping technique May 22, 1958 showed 47 chromosomes in child with Down syndrome Initial skepticism but then further reports New discipline cytogenetics Goal: find treatments

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15 Dr. Jerome Lejeune 1963 presented the Kennedy Prize 1964 first chair of Human Genetics at Paris School of Medicine 1969 William Allen Memorial Award in Genetics But ultimately his discovery led to exact opposite of his goal…prenatal diagnosis of Down, abortion Spent life defending unborn, particularly those handicapped

16 Dr. Jerome Lejeune “they brandish chromosomal racism like the flag of freedom…that this rejection of medicine--of the whole biological brotherhood that binds the human family— should be the only practical application of our knowledge of Trisomy 21 is beyond heartbreaking…” “at no time is the human being a blob of protoplasm. As far as your nature is concerned, I see no difference between the early person that you were at conception and the late person which you are now.”

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18 Dr. Jerome Lejeune 1989 Maryville, TN court case over frozen embryos Close affiliation with JPII Lunch with JPII hours before assassination attempt on May 13, Appointed head of Pontifical Academy for Life Died lung cancer 1994, Easter Sunday “…he was a great servant of the truth…he hated lies and pretense. White was white and black was black. And a human embryo was a tiny human being. Period.”

19 Porta Fidei “Faith…demands social responsibility” “…faith is an act both personal and communitarian” “in our cultural context, very many people while not claiming to have gift of faith are nevertheless sincerely searching…” “faith is now being subjected to a series of questions…limits field of rational certainties to that of science and technology…cannot be any conflict between faith and science” “Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt”

20 Reflections How well informed are we regarding Church’s teaching on biomedical issues? How do we help the pro-life movement with our prayers, donations, active participation, apostolic conversations?

21 Dr. Bernard Nathanson

22 Abortionist turned pro-life activist Co-Founder of NARAL 75,000 abortions Convert to Roman Catholicism with direction from Fr. CJ McCloskey

23 Dr. Bernard Nathanson Born NYC Father was an Ob/Gyn Jewish (“atheistic Jew”) Cold and heartless father Family history of suicide—sister, grandfather, father attempted

24 Dr. Bernard Nathanson McGill university MD—Ruth, first experience with abortion at age 19 in 1945 Ob/gyn practice in NYC Director of CRASH—largest abortion in clinic in world C0-founder of NARAL—key success of Roe v. Wade Aborted own child mid 1960s (girlfriend)

25 Dr. Bernard Nathanson Ultrasound beginning of conversion—could see that embryo and fetus had characteristics of human life Last abortion 1979 The Silent Scream 1984—ultrasound of abortion “Vector theory of Life” (pg )

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27 Dr. Bernard Nathanson 1989 witnessed Operation Rescue— “they prayed for each other but not themselves” Intellectual seeker—CS Lewis, Walker Percy, Cardinal Newman Dr. Karl Stern, The Pillar of Fire (pg. 44, 46) Fr. CJ McCloskey “seeking Faith but still wants reason” Baptized by Cardinal O’Connor 1996 “no religion matches the special role for forgiveness that is afforded by the Catholic Church”

28 Dr. Bernard Nathanson Truths of science helped lead him to Truth of the Faith Natural law (pg 198 Fr. CJ) Brutally honest with himself—examination of conscience Seeker of truth and wisdom--help of director Cost of believing in God (pg. 195 Fr. CJ) Ridicule from his colleagues and friends Effect of faithless household with no moral code, cold and critical father

29 Porta Fidei “Faith…demands social responsibility” “…faith is an act both personal and communitarian” “in our cultural context, very many people while not claiming to have gift of faith are nevertheless sincerely searching…” “faith is now being subjected to a series of questions…limits field of rational certainties to that of science and technology…cannot be any conflict between faith and science” “Faith without charity bears no fruit, while charity without faith would be a sentiment constantly at the mercy of doubt”

30 Reflections Do we realize power of Holy Spirit to move souls? Do we shy away from people who we know have very different opinions than ours or do we “write off” those who we feel are very far from God? Do we see conflict in the truths of science and religion? Do we help others to see how these truths are not contradictory?


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