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CATHOLICISM/ Tollefsen: God, Death, and Capital Punishment


It is philosophically and theologically defensible for Catholics to believe that the death penalty is intrinsically wrong. A debate on capital punishment. By CHRISTOPHER TOLLRFSEN

The myth of “the good death” is behind the support to euthanasia and assisted suicide, but it hides a substantial undervaluation of life. The assertion of an unlimited “right” on own life is not so dissimilar to the claim of the state to kill people through the “legal” death penalty.


CATHOLIC MEDIA/ Winters: Today's Joint Editorial Against Capital Punishment

Four Catholic publications, usually on different sides, yesterday spoke with one voice against the death penalty in the U S. And this is good for the Church underlines MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS


GENETICS/ UK Churches speak out against bid to allow ‘three-parent’ embryos

The Church of England and the Catholic Church have issued statements urging MPs to vote against a new genetic technology that critics say is both unethical and unsafe. By AUSTEN IVEREIGH


CHRISTMAS/ I saw Mary, Joseph and the Baby

Christmas: It happens now, in a hospital, because of the ‘Fiat’ of a young woman and the sacrifice of a baby who accepts to be born, to suffer and to die prematurely. By ELVIRA PARRAVICINI


UK/ Assisted suicide: the red flags from abroad

Lord Falconer’s bill leaves it to doctors to decide about patients’ eligibility for physician-assisted suicide, despite negative experiences in Belgium and the Netherlands. By GREG DALY


UK/ Why the backers of assisted dying keep trying

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill is the fourth attempt to legalise assisted suicide in Britain. If passed, it would endanger vulnerable individuals with terminal illness. By MEGAN HODDER


HUMAN TRAFFICKING/ Working With the Vatican Against Modern Slavery

Professor MARY LEARY, CUA, comments on recent statements by Secretary Kerry and Pope Francis and underlines that combatting human trafficking requires combatting poverty and corruption


VATICAN/ Francis hosts trafficking conference organised by Church in England and Wales

MEGAN HODDER reports on the international conference held in the Vatican on the scandal of human trafficking, which is the second most profitable criminal enterprise in the world


DEATH PENALTY/ Attorney Pfister: William Happ was killed by the State, a useless "revenge"

In this interview, JEFFERY PFISTER, a prosecutor for the State of Florida who was Happ’s attorney in the first phase of the process, explains his own opposition to the death penalty


FORGIVENESS/ A plea for mercy for Kermit Gosnell

ROBERT GEORGE is requesting, as a pro-lifer, that Kermit Gosnell’s life be spared, albeit the heinous acts of which he stands accused probably meet the criteria for capital punishment