Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Archbishop planning conference on assisted suicide, says being pro-life is not just about protecting unborn children

The Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) is planning a conference on assisted suicide in November. Details of the Vatican's two-day congress, organised jointly with the European section of the World Association of Doctors, are due to be announced shortly, as President Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia announced on Monday. It was exceptional, he emphasised that an "absolutely non-religious organisation" had asked themselves to speak with the Vatican about this "very delicate" topic for both sides.

Paglia commented on the occasion of the presentation of the first annual meeting of PAL after an organizational and personnel transformation. The focus of this meeting, which takes place from Thursday to Saturday, is the accompaniment of the different life phases in the technological era.
In the meantime, the Vatican wants to invite the Belgian branch of the Brothers of Charity (Broeders van Liefde) into the debate on active euthanasia. They are to be given the opportunity to explain their point of view, according to the press release of the General Administration of the Brothers of Charity in Rome, published on Monday. The meeting in Rome was the last chance for the organization to reconcile itself with the Catholic doctrine, according to the statement.

On September 12, the Belgian organization of the Brothers of Charity affirmed its position not to exclude active euthanasia for the mentally ill in the non-terminal stage. The organization manages 15 psychiatric clinics in Belgium.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said on Monday, among others. also, that "Pro Life" must mean not only protecting life for unborn children, but also for refugees and migrants. "The position of guardians of life must not be restricted to bioethical aspects." As Pope Francis recalls, everyone must always be pro-life, in any case and everywhere, "says Paglia. These include the admission of migrants and refugees or the prohibition of arms trafficking. "We want to limit the notion of 'life' not only to a level of theory, but also to take account of the historical and geographic events." Pro Life is not simply a theory, but a concrete attitude that is not limited to medicine


This is the same Archbishop who featured in a homoerotic painting which he commissioned for a church.

The Pope believes that refugees are "warriors of hope".  Warriors maybe.

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