- Feb 23, 2021
Medical orders against attempting to resuscitate patients with learning disabilities during the latest COVID-19 lockdown in the UK are “wholly unacceptable and immoral,” said the bishops of England and Wales.
The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood.
Archbishop Rowan Williams offered the example of Malcolm Muggeridge, a celebrated British journalist and satirist who was attracted to Communism in his youth and later converted to Christianity under the influence of St. Teresa of Calcutta.
Brian Brock is Professor of Moral and Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is also a husband and father of three children, including Adam, who is 16, who has Down Syndrome and autism.
On a trip to Tennessee to interview the Schachles, Brian Caulfield asked them why the child was healed of hydrops but not of Down syndrome. “We never prayed to have Down syndrome healed. That wasn’t life threatening,” they answered. “We thought a child with Down syndrome would be a blessing for our family.”
On May 27, Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing Mikey Schachle’s cure from a deadly case of fetal hydrops while still in his mother’s womb as a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.