- Apr 5, 2020
Some pro-lifers are upset over the appointment of the Rev. Nigel Biggar, an Anglican clergyman and moral theologian, to the Pontifical Academy of Life. He is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christchurch College, Oxford, and director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life. He was recommended by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who was asked to send a representative. He is also a sign that Pope Francis wants the Academy to better engage with the world.
In an interview with Italy’s La Stampa, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia reaffirmed the Vatican’s unwavering opposition to abortion. He said Nigel Biggar, a new member of Pontifical Academy for Life, had been personally recommended by the archbishop of Canterbury, had never written about the issue of when life begins and wouldn’t engage in abortion debates as a member.
In an overhaul on Tuesday of the Pontifical Academy for Life, long the Vatican’s primary beachhead for the most robustly pro-life voices in the Church, Pope Francis appeared to send a signal that while he doesn’t intend to muzzle the pro-life argument, he wants a body whose membership is less inclined to be combative and to protest against its own leadership.
Catholic authorities in El Salvador said Sunday that the Vatican is studying a possible miracle attributed to slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, which could lead to his canonization. Pope Francis was seen as bringing to a close a long standing argument between progressives and conservatives with Romero’s beatification.
Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, tapped by Pope Francis to head both the Pontifical Academy for Life and the St. John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, says that technological change is generating new ethical challenges such as blending humans and robotics.
Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, tapped by Pope Francis to head the Pontifical Academy for Life, has published a new book on death — insisting that a life lived without thinking about death and the dying isn’t fully human.