• 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