- Feb 25, 2020
Protesters gathered Thursday outside Portugal’s parliament where lawmakers were due to debate proposals that would allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.
Spanish and Portuguese church leaders rejected plans to legalize euthanasia in their traditionally Catholic countries, and urged broad discussions of such proposals before they are considered by legislators.
The Catholic Church’s news service in Portugal reports that a senior official says church authorities have investigated only about a dozen allegations of sexual abuse involving Portuguese priests since 2001.
On Sunday it was announced that the next global World Youth Day gathering would take place in Lisbon, Portugal, just a stone’s throw from the site of the 1917 Marian apparitions in Fatima. Often referred to as a “Catholic Woodstock,” WYD is by far the biggest event the Church organizes on a regular basis, and rarely has it been so rooted in Marian devotion.
After sensational charges that Pope Francis ignored misconduct warnings against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, American bishops appear divided but prelates elsewhere seem to be backing the pontiff.
“The Holy Father knows well what I think, and knows he has a supporter in me for his reforms,” Cardinal-designate Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima said.