Stand in Solidarity With the Elderly

(Zenit.org) — The Pontifical Academy for Life held its annual assembly in March on the theme of end of life assistance to the elderly. While there are numerous Vatican documents and papal statements that address this issue, a renewed focus on the moral and ethical care of the elderly is both welcomed and needed. It seems . . . Read more

Silencing the Voices of the Faithful in Health Care

Religious liberty provides for the free exercise of one’s faith in every aspect of life. This freedom is far more extensive than merely having the freedom to attend the worship service of choice.  Truly living one’s faith means that family life, professional life, leisure activities, as well as spiritual practices are guided by the tenets . . . Read more

Eliminating the Impoverished Does Not Eliminate Poverty

From India to Affordable Care Act Contributor, Life Gets a Dollar Sign (Zenit.org) — On Nov. 8, 2014, Dr. R.K. Gupta set about performing tubal ligations on 80 women at a mass sterilization camp in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. He completed all the surgeries in less than six hours. Subsequently, dozens of these women fell . . . Read more

The Quest for a Motherless Society

(Zenit.org) — We read in Genesis that God created a man and a woman. Listen as Adam speaks of Eve: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman for she was taken out of Man.” (Gn 2:23) Since the beginning there has never been any intimation . . . Read more

Down Syndrome Does Not Make Life Disposable

(Zenit.org) — The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for September was, “That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.” This is such a timely prayer. In recent weeks there has been a steady drumbeat to dehumanize and marginalize those with mental challenges, especially those with Down syndrome. For . . . Read more

Authentic Compassion Does Not Include Assisted Suicide

(Zenit.org) — The British Parliament is currently considering the legalization of assisted suicide. The act under consideration was introduced by Lord Falconer and eschews the term “suicide,” preferring instead the euphemism “assisted dying.” Under current British law outlined in the 1961 Suicide Act, it is a crime to encourage or assist another in the act of . . . Read more

Helping Pope Francis Fight Human Trafficking

(Zenit.org) — In April of this year the Vatican hosted the Conference on Combating Human Trafficking, bringing together both law enforcement professionals and social workers involved in the battle against the exploitation and commodification of vulnerable people. Pope Francis addressed the gathering and deplored human trafficking as, “an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a . . . Read more

Religious Persecution Assaults Sanctity of All Human Life

Editor’s note: The USCCB has called the faithful to celebrate a Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 through July 4, 2014. Find details here. As I write this, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim sits in a Sudanese jail sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith [Meriam has since been freed and rearrested.]. Her father was Muslim, . . . Read more

Be Not Afraid! St. John Paul II’s Key to Building a Culture of Life

(Zenit.org) — The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II offers an impetus to reflect on both his life and his papacy. The Pope’s leadership of the Catholic Church was exemplified by his signature phrase “Be not afraid!” Yet, what exactly was he exhorting the faithful to face without fear? Pope John Paul II first . . . Read more