Assisted suicide not the only response to suffering

It is false to equate suffering arising from disease, illness or disability with a loss of dignity

Assisted suicide not the only response to sufferingIt is eloquent, persuasive and based in law; it almost had me convinced that physician-assisted dying is the correct response to suffering. In the Carter decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a competent adult who consents to death, and has a “grievous and irremediable medical condition (including illness, disease or disability) that causes…

Love wasn’t always in the air on Valentine’s Day

The Roman festival Lupercalia included animal sacrifices and the whipping of young women to ensure fertility

Love wasn’t always in the air on Valentine’s DayLove is in the air, and with it, red roses, chocolates in heart shaped boxes and jewelry. But today’s symbols and celebration of the romantic love we associate with Valentine’s Day have little resemblance to its ancient Roman and early Christian roots, both of which involved some violence. In the middle of February the ancient…

Pope’s criticism of Curia applicable to everyone

Francis is not asking any more of his cardinals, or us, than he asks of himself

Pope’s criticism of Curia applicable to everyoneThe Christmas greeting that Pope Francis delivered to members of the Roman Curia was anything but “have yourself a merry little Christmas.” Described in the press as a “blistering attack”, a “public rebuke”, and a “scathing critique” of the Curia, Francis called his brother bishops to account for 15 “curial diseases”. While the Curia was…
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