- Sep 20, 2020
Father Phil Schmitter, pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan, spends much of his time talking to shut-in and vulnerable parishioners. Some members of his predominantly African American parish have been infected with the virus and some have died, while others worry about how they’ll pay bills.
Three years ago, Betty Koscinski, 75, lost her son to suicide. She now spends most of her time and energy spreading hope and educating others about mental illness.
Hawaii became last week the most recent U.S. state to legalize assisted suicide, and the islands’ bishop has written about the shortsightedness of permitting some residents to end their lives.
In response to evidence that accidental overdose deaths are on the rise in Canada, Archbishop J. Michael Miller said, “I am inviting the church in Vancouver to respond to the overdose crisis by reaching out to our society’s suffering men, women and young people.”
While one terminally ill young women made headlines across the country two years ago by advocating for the right to end her life, another, living in New Jersey, decided to begin quietly campaigning for the right to stay alive, saying, “The sanctity of life is deteriorating … Nobody should be telling you that you don’t have rights to medication.”
Q. Our pastor recently left the priesthood, and now he is advertising on the Web that he is available to perform weddings or funerals (including weddings of gay/lesbian couples.) The Catholic priest who married us has also left the priesthood and is now a Presbyterian minister. Both of these men