- Feb 27, 2020
Irish nurses and midwives have called on the government to protect their freedom of conscience following the legalization of abortion in the Republic of Ireland.
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, said the Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett, nominee for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was “deeply disappointing” since a number of senators failed to “simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary” and instead “challenged her fitness to serve due to her Catholic faith.”
“This is an appeal to responsibility. An appeal to you, dear young people, but first of all, adults who are called to live the freedom of conscience in a genuine way, as a search for the true, the beautiful and the good, ready to pay the price that this entails,” the pope said during a pilgrimage to two small Italian towns.
Jesuit Father James F. Keenan says Easter week is the perfect time to re-read Pope Francis’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ – or read it for the first time. He says for Christians, newness is not a contradiction of the past; it’s born from it. The newness of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ brilliantly brings the tradition into the present, for the sake of the future.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington says the one-year anniversary of the release of “Amoris Laetitia” spotlights the “beauty and relevance” of the document, including the way it does not reverse Church teaching on marriage but rather offers “greater emphasis on the role of the individual conscience in appropriating those moral norms in the person’s actual circumstances.”
Professor Antonio Gioacchino Spagnolo, director of the Institute of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, spoke to journalists at the Feb. 6 presentation of a new charter regarding advances in science and how they should be applied alongside the Church’s Magisterium.