My brothers and sisters, we are part of a great struggle for human dignity, the great struggle to realize God’s plan for creation, for our world.
Statement on the California Assembly Health Committee’s decision not to consider 'The End of Life Options Act' (S.B. 128)
This has been a hard debate and an emotional debate. But I believe the members of the Assembly Health Committee today made the right decision for California, and especially for the poor and most vulnerable members of our society.
For me, it is always powerful to hear our Holy Father speaking and praying in his native Spanish. And during this pastoral journey, he is inspiring me with his strong words about the family, and his passionate call for a society that reaches out to the lonely and the hurting and works to promote human dignity for every person.
Obergefell v. Hodges is one more sign that we have entered into a “post-Christian,” even perhaps an “anti-Christian,” moment in American public life.
For me, and I know for many of you, Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis’ new encyclical on care of the earth is a welcome and challenging resource.
Last night as I was thinking about this column, I finally received my copy of Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), which takes its title from St. Francis of Assisi’s great hymn to the earth as our common home.
Dear Chairman Bonta,
On behalf of the Catholic people of Los Angeles, I am writing to ask respectfully that your Committee on Health reject SB 128, “The End of Life Options Act.”
California is closer to legalizing doctor-assisted suicide.
The state Senate last week approved SB 128, “The End of Life Options Act,” which would allow doctors to prescribe drugs that terminally ill patients can take to kill themselves. The bill is now being considered by the state Assembly.
Every priest is a living image of Jesus Christ. And every ordination is a sign of his final promise — that he will be with us until the end of the age.
In the Church’s liturgy in these coming months, we continue to follow Jesus in his public ministry until we reach the final days of his teaching about the kingdom to come. We end the year by celebrating the truth he has revealed — that he is the Christ, the King of the Universe.
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