Brittany Maynard’s Mother Calls Vatican Statement “A Slap In the Face”

Brittany Maynard

Brittany Maynard's mother is angry.  Debbie Ziegler, whose 29-year-old daughter Brittany committed suicide rather than face the uncertain death with terminal brain cancer, reacted to a statement issued by the Vatican following Brittany's unfortunate act, by issuing a statement of her own.Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life, had called her death "reprehensible" and said that physician-assisted suicide should be condemned.  Mrs. Ziegler, f … [Read more...]

Did Concerns Re. the Pope’s Agenda Color the USCCB General Assembly? Bishop Coyne Says Definitely Not

Bishop Christopher Coyne

At this week's General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indiana was elected by his brother bishops to the Chairmanship of the USCCB's Committee on Communications.Bishop Coyne is well known to Catholics on social media--as a blogger and writer, on television and radio, on Facebook and on Twitter.  In years past, his helpful tweets live from the floor of the USCCB have kept me apprised of what's happening in the Catholic world.On hi … [Read more...]

U.S. Bishops to Discuss Celiac Disease at November Assembly

Communion hosts

When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convenes November 10-13 in Baltimore, one of the items on their agenda will be a discussion of communion for Catholics who are suffering from Celiac Disease.According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, one in 133 adults in the U.S. (about 1% of the population) suffers from Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.  Persons with Cel … [Read more...]


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