Sarah Steele of Voorhees, a terminally ill brain cancer patient who 10 years ago was told she only had months to live, speaks Oct. 20 with Assembly Democrat John Burzichelli in the State House Annex, Trenton. Burzichelli is the primary sponsor of the assisted-suicide legislation that passed the Assembly Oct. 20. At left is Patrick Brannigan, executive director for the New Jersey Catholic Conference. Steele’s 17-year-old daughter, Sophie, is seen on right. Joe Moore photo
The state Assembly has passed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer medications in order to end their lives.
In a vote of 41-28, with five abstentions, New Jersey lawmakers passed A2451, known as the “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act,” Oct. 20. The bill will now be referred to the Senate, a committee of which could take up the legislation as early as Nov. 10. More ...
The altar linens are laundered and ready for the next celebration of the Mass. Handcrafted rosaries find their way to a nook beside the statue of the Blessed Mother, and the Rosary prayers are lifted heavenward on a daily basis. Baked goods sales greet parishioners following Mass, and prayer shawls are presented to the sick and suffering.
HOMILY FOR ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS Every once in a while, we might give in to feeling a little nostalgic. It can come upon us very suddenly in a quiet moment when we drive through the old neighborhood or see an old relative or friend. More ...
The Catholic Church has more than its fair share of critics and detractors. The church, as a human institution, has been flawed and certainly found itself on the wrong side of history at times. But there also are accusations based on faulty information, misinterpretations, exaggerations and distortions of fact.
On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, all Catholics of the world join into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through Baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
In the coming months, dozens of states will be confronted with efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Under the guise of compassion and autonomy, the expansion of this practice would really mean the legalized abandonment of people who are terminally ill.