- May 30, 2020
In an overhaul on Tuesday of the Pontifical Academy for Life, long the Vatican’s primary beachhead for the most robustly pro-life voices in the Church, Pope Francis appeared to send a signal that while he doesn’t intend to muzzle the pro-life argument, he wants a body whose membership is less inclined to be combative and to protest against its own leadership.
Euthanasia takes center stage in Italy’s political debate following the decision of a blind and tetraplegic man to go to Switzerland in order to receive physician assisted suicide. The Pontifical Academy for Life took a stand, pointing to the value of life in today’s “throw-away society.”
Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, tapped by Pope Francis to head both the Pontifical Academy for Life and the St. John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, says that technological change is generating new ethical challenges such as blending humans and robotics.
Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, tapped by Pope Francis to head the Pontifical Academy for Life, has published a new book on death — insisting that a life lived without thinking about death and the dying isn’t fully human.
Generally speaking, popes don’t issue explicit marching orders when they name someone to a new job. Francis, however, did precisely that on Wednesday, publishing a “chirograph,” a papal document whose circulation is restricted to the Roman Curia, offering a vision for his main pro-life agencies.