- Dec 14, 2019
While presenting the first general assembly of the renewed Pontifical Academy for Life, its president Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia stated that, “If we must be pro-life we must always, any way and anywhere be pro-life,” which includes focusing on issues such as the environment, technology and immigration.
Dr. John Haas, President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, says that beneath specific conundrums that arise in the field of bioethics these days lies a deeper challenge that the Catholic Church is uniquely equipped to address: A ‘de-valuing’ of human beings, which turns the weak and vulnerable into commodities to be exploited by the wealthy and powerful.
Charlie Gard, an 11 month-old British infant whose plight sparked international support as well as a debate on medical, infant, and parental rights, was baptized before he died. In April, a picture of his tiny fist clutching a St. Jude, patron of lost causes, medal made the rounds on the internet.
The critically ill British baby at the center of a contentious legal battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, died Friday, according to a family spokeswoman. In a statement, his mother, Connie Yates was quoted as saying “our beautiful little boy has gone, we’re so proud of him.”
A High Court judge in the U.K. has approved a hospice plan for Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old infant whose case has triggered wide debate over euthanasia and the competing rights of parents and the state in making care decisions. A judge said Thursday the child will ‘inevitably’ die after an unspecified period at the hospice.
A day after the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard decided to drop their legal fight to save their son, saying ‘time has run out,’ a Vatican-sponsored hospital that had offered an experimental treatment acknowledged that they had “probably arrived too late.”