July 21, 2017

Author Archive | Monica Doumit

The parents of Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Source: CNS

Eugenics to blame for why we will fail the next ‘Charlie Gard’

For those unfamiliar with his story, Charlie Gard is a British baby just a couple of weeks shy of his first birthday. He suffers from a rare inherited mitochondrial disease referred to as MDDS, a condition which has kept him in hospital and ventilator-dependent for the past 10 months. While no treatment is available in […]

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Monica Doumit: I thought I couldn’t be shocked, but I was wrong

You wouldn’t know it from the thousands of articles which were written last week, but very little information about the case involving Cardinal George Pell is available. We know that multiple charges from multiple complainants have been laid by Victoria Police. We know that the Cardinal has taken a leave of absence from his position […]

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Monica Doumit: ‘Rights’ are manipulable, but God-given dignity lasts forever

In the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate enough to be in the United States, in part to attend a conference on current issues in bioethics. Realising that there is a big difference between US and Australian law on some of these matters, I focused my presentation on international law because it was […]

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‘Cautious’ euthanasia bill has loopholes big enough to drive a truck through

A couple of weeks ago, a cross-party group of NSW MPs released a consultation draft of legislation which would allow both euthanasia and assisted suicide. On the day it was released, one of the members of the cross-party group, Nationals MP Trevor Khan, described the bill as “cautious” and said that it contained a “a […]

Catholic women carry wooden crosses during Palm Sunday in East Timor. PHOTO: CNS

Monica Doumit: Time for Australia to stop bullying East Timor

My eldest nephew and niece are at an age now where they really enjoy hearing stories about when my four siblings and I were growing up. In recent weeks, I’ve been regaling them with stories about the sneaky things which we used to do in order to avoid sharing with each other; like the times […]

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Monica Doumit: Excellent book spells out vital roles of dads for families, children

There are very few books of which I have bought numerous copies because I have considered them such a good read that I wanted to give copies to others. The Father Factor, a 2014 publicaiton by Peter O’Shea and Robert Falzon is one of those books. The Father Factor is primarily focussed on happiness and how […]

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Archbishop Fisher leads the faithful in prayer for lives lost to abortion at the Memorial Mass for the Unborn. Photo: Giovanni Portelli

Monica Doumit: A weekend when the Church stood up for women and children

A few weeks ago, a dear friend sent me a message. He said that he found it amusing that most of the articles in The Catholic Weekly were about goodness and light and family life, and mine are generally a little (or a lot) more pessimistic! I am going to disappoint him today, because while […]

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Monica Doumit: New ethics guidelines for IVF suggest it’s bad luck for girls

The national Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the body charged with setting ethical standards for medical practice, has spent the last four years reviewing its guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technologies. The guidelines were released last week and the results – I must say – were underwhelming. When it comes to the […]