Compare and Contrast • As voters plan to go to the polls for the midterm elections Nov. 6, many of the issues identified as key concerns parallel those outlined in the Church’s “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” CNS photo/Chris Aluka Berry, Reuters
WASHINGTON • With the clock toward the Nov. 6 midterm elections ticking away, there are some parallels between the findings of a Sept. 26 Pew Research Center survey on issues of key concern to voters and issues outlined in the U.S. bishops’ “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a document meant to provide a moral framework Catholic voters can use to analyze issues. More ... Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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.
VATICAN CITY -- Caring for the sick, especially those near death, cannot be reduced simply to giving them medicine, but must include providing healing and comfort that gives their lives value and meaning, Pope Francis said. More ... Thursday, October 4, 2018
Rob Fasoli addressed a crowd of more than 200 with words that encapsulated the recurring themes of relationship and community running through “Breaking the Chains of Addiction: The Role of Catholic Parishes in Supporting Recovery.”
As the first wave of nearly 75 adults and children walked into the Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley Humanitarian Respite Center on a recent Wednesday afternoon, carrying their only belongings in plastic bags, volunteers stood around the perimeter of the main room, greeting them with rounds of applause and expressions of “Bienvenidos.” Many of the travelers smiled wearily while others looked around unsure.