Boston cardinal urges ‘no’ vote on assisted suicide

Boston, Mass., Oct 13, 2012 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston called on local voters to oppose a ballot measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide, warning against claims that there is no danger of a “slippery slope.” “Please join me to stop assisted suicide by voting 'No on Question 2' on Election Day,” he said, asking voters to “stop this bad idea and bad law from going into effect.” The cardinal's Oct. 12 … [Read more...]

Sacraments aid Catholic boy in fight against cancer

Charlotte, N.C., Oct 13, 2012 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Five-year-old Jackson Laskowski goes to kindergarten at Harrisburg Elementary School in Harrisburg, N.C. Like any other little boy, his favorite things include riding the school bus and playing on the playground and in the school's computer lab.But unlike most five-year-olds, Jackson has endured years of surgeries and treatments to fight Stage IV cancer in his liver and lungs. The cancer is incurable, doctors say, so the Laskowski family … [Read more...]

Belfast bishop laments abortion clinic opening in his diocese

Belfast, UK, Oct 13, 2012 / 08:09 am (CNA).- A new abortion clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland scheduled to open Oct. 18 has dismayed Bishop Noel Treanor of the Diocese of Down and Connor. “The opening of this facility further undermines the sanctity and dignity of human life in our society where the most vulnerable and defenseless human beings are already under threat,” he said Oct. 10 in a statement released on the diocesan website. The clinic, run by Marie Stopes … [Read more...]

Analysts say Biden’s abortion stance leaves reality behind

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s profession that he is personally opposed to abortion while supporting its legalization fails to acknowledge the life-taking reality of abortion, said critics including a prominent Notre Dame law professor.“It is a matter of yes, or no, and there is no ‘personal’ as opposed to ‘public’ about it,” said Professor Gerard V. Bradley. “The question is … [Read more...]

Church’s joy more humble today than 50 years ago, Pope reflects

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2012 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict believes that the Catholic Church of 2012 possesses “a more sober and humble joy” compared to the optimism that marked the Second Vatican Council’s opening 50 years ago. “Over these fifty years we have learned and experienced how original sin exists and is translated, ever and anew, into individual sins which can also become structures of sin,” the Pope said during a candlelit vigil gathered in … [Read more...]

Venezuelan election reveals conflicted country, bishops say

Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 12, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- Although Venezuala's Catholic bishops congratulated the country for holding peaceful elections Oct. 7, they said the results show two starkly competing views on how to build Venezuelan society. “The existence of two visions for the country, revealed in results of the election, is a fact that should be taken into account with regards to the building of the country, so that we can live in harmony, solidarity and peace,” the … [Read more...]

Bishops say Biden made ‘inaccurate’ mandate statement

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2012 / 10:57 am (CNA).- The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the HHS mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice presidential debate."With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky.“No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including … [Read more...]