Vatican reaffirms opposition to euthanasia

by Joshua J. McElwee in The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 22 September 2020 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is firmly reiterating its objection to the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the intentional killing of sick patients an "intrinsically evil act" akin to murder and warning that legislators who approve such laws "become accomplices of a…

A Prime Minister is not above the law

From THE TABLET, 17 September 2020 When trouble is brewing at home, populist leaders sometimes find it useful to pick a fight with a foreign neighbour, to whip up patriotic feeling and distract attention from domestic difficulties. This is one possible account of Boris Johnson’s motives for issuing a threat to disregard international law, on…

Pope Francis to parents of L.G.B.T. children: ‘God loves your children as they are.’

By Gerard O'Connell in 'America, The Jesuit Review', 17 September 2020 Pope Francis told a group of parents of L.G.B.T. children yesterday that “God loves your children as they are” and “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” He did so in a brief encounter with some 40…

Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

From The National Catholic Reporter (USA), 8 September 2020 BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail. The law was passed by Queensland Parliament Sept. 8. It had support from both major…

Women priests are possible, says new Vatican finance council member

by Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur in The National Catholic Reporter, 10 August 2020 BONN, GERMANY — Law professor Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof, recently appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the high-level group that oversees the Vatican's finances, said Aug. 10 that she regards it possible that women could serve as priests in the Catholic Church and in top roles…

Pope reveals why he said ‘no’ to married priests

By Christopher Lamb in THE TABLET, 4 September 2020 Pope Francis decided against giving the green light to married priests after the Amazon synod because he was concerned the debate militated against true discernment. The pope felt that the discernment became impossible because debate became a parliamentary-style battle between different sides. He has revealed his…