- Jan 28, 2020
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.
The Diocese of Orange, California, received an early Christmas present in the form of a new bishop Dec. 19, when a man who entered the country as a young refugee from Vietnam in 1973 became its new auxiliary bishop.
“Especially in times of increased dehumanizing immigrant rhetoric and hostile legislation from government officials toward the immigrant community, CLINIC’s mission to protect the rights and promote the dignity of immigrants guides the agency in its offerings of legal training, advocacy and public education efforts to its network of Catholic and community based immigration legal service providers,” Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, chairman of the CLINIC board of directors, said.
The new auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange in California is Father Thanh Thai Nguyen. Nguyen came as a refugee with his family to the U.S. from Vietnam. Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine, Florida, where Nguyen had been serving before his new appointment, said, “Father Thanh knows the plight of refugees, and he understands their journey seeking a safe home and the ability to support their families. He has a genuine gift when it comes to ministering to people of diverse cultures.”
There are all kinds of relationships among Catholics and Evangelicals in America, and one especially striking example is the friendship and partnership in Orange County, California between Bishop Kevin Vann and famed pastor Rick Warren. The two men pray for and with each other, they share the struggles in their life with each other, and have become partners in ministry.
I would submit that anyone who knew nothing about American Catholic fortunes, but who sat through the night, would come away feeling Catholicism in this country is a dynamic, diverse, and caring community, which also knows how to have a great time while doing God’s work.