- Aug 3, 2020
Although people may have different ways of praying or of serving their parish or the poor, the Catholic Church needs laity, priests, religious, parishes and lay movements to collaborate in order to be truly “catholic,” Pope Francis said.
Most of the discussion on abuse inside the Catholic Church has focused on priests, yet with numerous scandals erupting inside lay movements and associations, experts and Vatican officials are increasingly engaging these entities on the issue.
Millions of Catholics live their faith through their association with lay movements and Catholic groups, but some also have lost their faith when they were sexually abused in those groups and felt they had nowhere to turn.
According to one expert, while in vitro fertilization (IVF) has boomed in popularity since the first child born through the procedure in 1978, there is a lack of scientific research on infertility itself, meaning artificial fertilization procedures could be overused.
To fight a throwaway culture that pressures women to view abortion as the only alternative to a difficult pregnancy, the Catholic Church must be ready to assist, accompany and care for expectant mothers and their families, said U.S. Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell.
The withdrawal of nutrition and hydration from a patient whose body can absorb them is a “serious violation” of the person’s dignity, said two Vatican officials.