- Jun 20, 2021
In the Netherlands, the government is now set to permit euthanasia for people who aren’t terminally ill or experiencing extreme suffering, but who nevertheless feel their life is “complete,” with the extension expected to go into effect by the end of 2017.
Archbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels in Belgium one of Pope Francis’s new cardinals, in many ways attracts the same dynamics as the pontiff himself — great acclaim in progressive and secular circles but ambivalence among some insiders, who worry about where dialogue ends and capitulation begins.
In both Quebec and Montreal, prelates there say they won’t follow the lead of their fellow prelates in Canada’s Alberta and Northwest Territories by instructing priests to refuse funerals to people who choose to die through the country’s new assisted suicide provisions.
In a conversation with Crux, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney, Australia, discusses his trying experience of recovering from a rare autoimmune disease that left him temporarily paralyzed, the Catholic Church’s fight against euthanasia and gay marriage, and more.
While the pontiff was condemning a “this or nothing” attitude as heretical during his morning Mass and, later, issuing a fairly stinging critique of euthanasia in a session with medical workers, the Vatican announced that homeless women will get free PAP smears over the weekend and also released the schedule for the pope’s summer outing to Poland.
California implements a new law on Thursday that backers cheer as a form of personal choice, but opponents condemn as a plunge into moral quicksand — a looming danger to the most vulnerable in society who may be coerced to end their lives.
ROME— People from at least two dozen countries joined Italians May 8 for the sixth annual National March for Life in Rome. Carrying multicolored balloons, crucifixes or children, the estimated 30,000 people walked through the historic center of the city and joined Pope Francis for the midday recitation of the
ROME — Pope Francis on Thursday reiterated Catholicism’s commitment to defending human life “from conception to natural death,” a phrase usually invoked by Catholic activists to refer to the Church’s opposition to contraception and abortion as well as euthanasia. At the same time, Francis urged experts in bioethics to blend