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No sign of relaxing Catholic views under Francis.
A Chilean priest is being investigated for coercing single women into give up their babies for adoption.
News that a Catholic deacon may have euthanased 40 patients has reset the benchmark for weirdness.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the US Catholic Bishops Conference (USCBC) for hampering the care of a pregnant woman in one of its hospitals. The ACLU claim that the USCBC code of conduct for hospitals – known as the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services – led to unnecessary “trauma and harm” for their client.
The new Pope's first encyclical refers to abortion and euthanasia.
Judging from his 2011 book Sobre Cielo y Tierra, the new Pope's stand on bioethical issues is fully in sync with his predecessors.
Coloradans on both sides of the abortion debate were surprised that lawyers for a Catholic hospital were arguing that a fetus has no rights in a malpractice case.
A prominent German cleric has apologized after a possible rape victim was refused treatment at two Catholic hospitals. In a statement issued last week, Cardinal Joachim Miesner expressed his “deep shame” at the hospitals’ failure to provide the 25 year old German woman with an appropriate gynaecological examination. “[I am] deeply ashamed by this incident because it goes against our Christian mission” the cardinal said.
Here’s a New Year’s prediction. The world’s biggest-selling bioethics book this year will not be written by anyone from the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford, Harvard or Monash.
A two-day international conference on stem cell research was held at the Vatican this week.
But what happens when a religion does not accept euthanasia? This is being debated in the Netherlands after a Catholic priest in the small town of Liempde refused to say a funeral mass for a man who had opted for euthanasia.
The US Catholic bishops have issued a statement on physician-assisted suicide. To no one’s surprise, they are strongly opposed. However, “To Live Each Day with Dignity” is more philosophical and ethical and theological. Its main targets are individualism, radical autonomy and false compassion. It argues that suicide is evidence of social failure to care for the disadvantaged, disabled and lonely. What society must offer, it says, is “a readiness to surround patients with love, support, and compa
Pope argues for generosity and solidarity
No longer available after his election
Doctor defends bishop's decision
Objections as bishop objects to decision to save mother by aborting baby.
Church puts its money where its mouth is
Not an easy convert to transhumanism
Compassion and Choices says guidelines are arrogant and stern