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Legal Group: Belgium’s Assisted-Suicide Law Failed a Depressed Woman (2163)

‘People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,’ said a senior member of Alliance Defending Freedom.

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The late Gedelieva De Troyer and her son, Tom Mortier.

– CNA/Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s doctor-assisted suicide laws allowed an unqualified doctor to kill a depressed mother who did not have a terminal illness without notifying her family, the woman’s son has charged in legal filing against them.

“People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,” Roger Kiska, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 3. “The state has a duty to put the necessary safeguards in place so that suffering patients receive adequate care from doctors and an opportunity to consult with family members.”

Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Tom Mortier, son...READ MORE

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Indian State Okays Prohibition (2637)

Church leaders hail Kerala’s ban on sales of hard liquor.

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Workers line up at a Kerala Beverage Corporation liquor outlet located on the second floor of a building near Palakkad in central Kerala in April 2013.

– Anto Akkara

NEW DELHI — The Church in southern Kerala state is ecstatic after the state government announced drastic steps to usher in prohibition in the largest Christian pocket in India, which also has the nation’s highest alcoholism rates.

“This is a historic victory for the Church and the people of Kerala,” Bishop Remigiose Inchaniyil, chairman of the Temperance Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC), told the Register.

“It is much more than what we had hoped for,” admitted the bishop, who heads the Thamarassery Diocese in north Kerala.

More than 6 million Christians account for 19% of the population in a state where most Christians trace their faith to St. Thomas the Apostle....READ MORE

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Boston Priest Appointed Secretary of Vatican Commission to Protect Minors (1426)

Msgr. Robert Oliver will leave his current post as promoter of justice with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Msgr. Robert Oliver was appointed Sept. 10 as the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

– Brotherhood of Hope

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced today that Msgr. Robert Oliver will leave his position as promoter of justice to take on a new role as the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Msgr. Oliver originally hails from the Boston Archdiocese, and he served there in various capacities until his appointment as promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope Benedict XVI in January 2013.

Having been established by the Council of Cardinals in December, the commission for the protection of minors seeks to give a model for practices that provide an adequate and pastoral response to situations of abuse.

The priest will join his former...READ MORE

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New Catholic Website With John Allen; Patriarch: ISIS Invasion Is Attempted Genocide and Much More! (2018)

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Dawkins and Down Syndrome: Rants and Reason (2985)

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Author and atheist extraordinaire Richard Dawkins tweeted himself into a morally relativistic corner last week.

In a Twitter debate with a woman over abortion, she brought up the tough case of deciding whether to give birth to a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. Dawkins replied, “Abort the baby and try again,” adding, “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

When queried whether that view held if the baby had autism, Dawkins replied, “People on that spectrum have a great deal to contribute, maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. DS not enhanced.” In Dawkins’ Godless universe, a baby is only worthy of being born if he or she will “contribute” to...READ MORE

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Cardinal: Synod’s Tone Will Make It More Dynamic (2899)

The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will be held Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican.

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CNA/Daniel Ibanez

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops

– CNA/Daniel Ibanez

VATICAN CITY — The upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will be set on a more informal tune, said the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, in an article published in the Sept. 10 issue of L’Osservatore Romano, explained how the coming synod may be considered different from its predecessors, as well as the ongoing process of reform of the synod, whose members were made public Sept. 9.

The synod — on “The Challenge of Family in the Context of the New Evangelization” — will be held Oct. 5-19 and is but the first of two paired synods.

In 2015, an ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will be held, and it will carry to conclusion the...READ MORE

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Pope: The Church Teaches Us Works of Mercy (2434)

The Gospel impels us to love others, even our enemies, and especially those in need, the Holy Father taught on Sept. 10.

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VATICAN CITY -- During his general audience on Sept. 10, Pope Francis continued to reflect on the Church as a mother, explaining that she teaches us by example how to go to the essential point of the Gospel, which is mercy.

“Like a good mother and educator, she focuses on what is essential; and the essential, according to the Gospel, is mercy. But the Church’s teaching is not something merely theoretical; it doesn’t give lectures, but, rather, transmits through setting an example,” the Bishop of Rome told pilgrims.

Speaking to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he recalled, “In our previous catechesis, we reflected on the Church as a mother who nurtures us in the faith, guides us on...READ MORE

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Lay Catholics Urged to Take Greater Role in Promoting Religious Freedom (2547)

Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defending Freedom, emphasized this role at the eighth annual Catholics in the Public Square conference.

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Alan Sears speaks at the Catholics in the Public Square Conference in Phoenix on Sept. 6.

– CNA/Ryan Thomas

PHOENIX — As domestic religious-freedom threats reach unprecedented levels, the lay faithful must play an active role in promoting and defending religious liberty, said speakers at a recent conference.

“Religious freedom is under legal assault as never before, in 238 years as a nation, in ways that are chilling and unimaginable,” said Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defending Freedom and an authority in legal issues regarding religious liberty.

Sears spoke at the eighth annual Catholics in the Public Square event, held Sept. 6 in Phoenix.

The gathering convoked hundreds of lay Catholics and leading religious-freedom experts to discuss and reflect upon current threats to religious...READ MORE

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