- Dec 5, 2019
When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting abortion to fighting poverty, he was trying to show they are part of the same battle, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Pope Francis called for prayers for “painful and complex” situations such as that of British infant Alfie Evans, and also expressed frustration over continued violence in Syria.
Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke Tuesday in Rome at a presentation of a new book on ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ and while he argued that the debate is no big deal, it sometimes didn’t seem that his heart was in it.
Intentionally causing a patient’s death is different from accepting that a patient is dying, then providing emotional and spiritual support and pain relief, said a doctor who practices and promotes palliative care.
After the news that two monkeys have reportedly been cloned in China, the chief Vatican official in charge of bioethics said scientists must “evaluate the risks” of such new technology.
Pope Francis on Thursday delivered perhaps his strongest defense to date of traditional Catholic teaching on the differences between men and women, as well as a call for the equality of women as architects of a true “planetary humanism.” He was addressing the Pontifical Academy of Life for the first time since he restructured the organization earlier this year.