• Why assisted suicide isn't the right answer to suffering

    Why assisted suicide isn't the right answer to suffering

    • Apr 7, 2016

    No normal person wants to see another human being suffer. When we see those struggling with pain or deteriorating health, we naturally and rightly feel compassion, but there are different ways to respond. One way is to simply become indifferent. Sadly, this is the response of many in our world

  • No easy answers to pastoral questions on assisted suicides

    No easy answers to pastoral questions on assisted suicides

    • Apr 5, 2016

    BALTIMORE (CNS) — As Canada prepares for the legalization of assisted suicide throughout the country in June and nearly half of the U.S. states take up some kind of legislative proposal on the topic this year, questions arise about its pastoral implications. What should a hospital chaplain do if confronted

  • California's aid-in-dying bill hits a roadblock

    • Jun 23, 2015

    SACRAMENTO — California legislation that would allow dying patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs hit its biggest hurdle Tuesday after several Democrats on a key committee expressed reservations prior to a vote. Bill supporters postponed the vote to July 7 after it became clear they did not have

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  • Assisted suicide and what it means to be truly merciful

    • Jun 8, 2015

    The Holy Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis, which begins Dec. 8, comes at a time when the meaning of “mercy” in America is being twisted to mean something profoundly to the contrary. Specifically, there are some who are working hard to apply the concept of mercy to a

  • Catholic leaders ask the faithful to help defeat suicide bills

    • Mar 27, 2015

    While legislatures across the country debate the merits of so-called religious freedom bills that some fear could codify discrimination against gays and lesbians, others are quietly considering measures that would legalize, or at least study, physician-assisted suicide. In response, Catholic leaders are rallying the faithful through e-mails, columns, and Web

  • Pope backs palliative care, condemns assisted suicide

    • Mar 5, 2015

    ROME — Twice in recent days Pope Francis has asked society not to abandon the elderly, saying that no duty is more important than safeguarding people, and that no good is ever achieved by “going against” human life. In an explicit appeal for a greater commitment to palliative care, and

  • What to know about death and dying debates

    • Oct 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON – Brittany Maynard’s decision to die soon by a legal, lethal prescription, rather than let a brain tumor kill her, has provoked a national conversation and debate about end-of-life decisions. In a new video, released Wednesday, she says she feels herself getting sicker by the day. But since she still

  • Terminally ill Brittany Maynard may postpone taking her life

    • Oct 30, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. – A terminally ill woman who expects to take her own life under Oregon’s assisted-suicide law says she is feeling well enough to possibly postpone the day she had planned to die. Brittany Maynard said in early October she expected to kill herself Nov. 1, less than three weeks