New human dignity document to publish April 8

The Vatican press office announced that the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith's declaration on human dignity, said to include a faith-based critique of "gender ideologies" and surrogacy, will be released April 8.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the dicastery, and Msgr.

No, Mary was not a surrogate mother

A reader writes: “Wasn’t Mary a surrogate mother? Did she not bear a son for someone other than her husband, Joseph? Jesus was the Son of God. Was he not conceived by artificial insemination? She didn’t have intercourse with anyone. … I

Infertility is painful, but IVF and surrogacy are wrong

In January, Pope Francis condemned surrogacy, and in February, the Alabama Supreme Court declared that frozen embryos are children. Together, these events thrust the Church’s condemnation of IVF and surrogacy into the public eye. Our Sunday Visitor columnist Kenneth Craycraft explains the

Popular bishop agrees with pope on the injustice of surrogacy

Bishop Robert E. Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, the head of the U.S. bishops' committee dealing with family life, voiced support Jan. 10 for Pope Francis' recent remarks condemning gestational surrogacy as "a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the

Dating churches

Question: How does one date a church? When the cornerstone was laid? When it was dedicated? For example, the cornerstone at my parish says 1926, but the church itself wasn’t dedicated until 1931. — Mary via email Answer: It depends on what