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  • Dutch cardinal: Bishops warned of euthanasia’s slippery slope

    Dutch cardinal: Bishops warned of euthanasia’s slippery slope

    The Netherlands became the world’s first country to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2002 and has since witnessed a rapid increase in related deaths, with 20 now occurring daily, according to a May report by the Regional Euthanasia Commission. A new assisted suicide bill, introduced in 2016, would allow healthy people suffering nonmedical conditions such as “loneliness, bereavement, limited mobility and decline from old age” to be helped to die by a nonprofessional “assistant-in-suicide.”

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  • Families are touched as more people donate organs

    Families are touched as more people donate organs

    Nearly 118,000 people in the United States are waiting for a transplant, and more than 20 people die every day waiting for a suitable organ. The odds are long for most who are awaiting organs. Each year, the number of people on the waiting list grows, while only about 2 percent of donated organs can be used. Pope Francis has called the act of organ donation “a testimony of love for our neighbor.”

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  • Can a cyberattack trigger a ‘just war’?

    Can a cyberattack trigger a ‘just war’?

    Just war theory, rooted in the fifth-century writings of St. Augustine of Hippo, takes a middle ground between pacifism, which never allows for violence, and realpolitik, which is suspect of moral considerations in defense and warfare. Just war theory can be adapted to address technological innovation, but cyberattacks present unique questions to their victims, who often can’t figure out the perpetrators.

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