The abiding faith and selfless service of William F. Bolan Jr. was celebrated Nov. 3 during a Mass of Christian Burial among loving family, friends and colleagues in his parish church of St. James, Pennington. An advocate for the underprivileged and downtrodden during his 22 years as executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, Bolan died Oct. 25. More ... Thursday, November 15, 2018
The New Jersey assisted suicide bill, which was scheduled for a vote Oct. 29, has been postponed to an undetermined later date.
Patrick R. Brannigan, executive director of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, said that the delay is an opportunity for people to call their legislators and let them know why they oppose assisted suicide.
Physician-assisted suicide has been considered by the state Legislature without passing for more than six years. Now, with the legislation likely to be brought to a vote soon, there may be enough votes necessary to get it passed.
The “Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act” (A1504) is expected to be up for a vote Oct. 29 in the Assembly. The state Senate could move an identical bill (S1072) forward if the Assembly bill passes.
The bill would allow terminally ill adults of sound mind to obtain drugs they could take to hasten their demise. If passed, the bill could be on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk before end of year.
Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials are lauding a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced Jan. 2 that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from natural disasters.
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the elimination of the death penalty in New Jersey, Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., and the state’s seven other Catholic bishops not only hailed the law as a victory for the dignity of life but renewed the call to end capital punishment across the nation.
“Our message is simple – every human being is made in the image and likeness of God, who alone is the absolute Lord of life from its beginning until its end (Genesis 1:26-28),” the bishops wrote in a statement issued Dec. 17. More ... Friday, December 15, 2017