Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California.
What a privilege I felt to be in Washington and Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit to America and the World Meeting of Families.
As I write to you this week, I am on my way to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to take part in the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to our country.
Last week, the California legislature voted to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves.
This decision is deeply disturbing — and so is the process that led to this vote.
I am deeply disturbed by the California legislature’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves. This is no way for our government to make policy on a life and death issue that will affect millions of individuals and families. Just a few months ago, after a long and substantial debate, the Assembly Health Committee wisely decided not to advance this legislation.
Our Holy Father has said that there are three basic qualities that we should look for in a bishop, as the famous expression indicates: “If he is holy, let him pray for us. If he is learned, let him teach us. And if he is prudent, let him govern us.”
In a recent audience, Pope Francis said: “In speaking about a serious, honest person, the most beautiful thing that can be said is: ‘He or she is a worker,’ one who works.”
What is work? Why do we do it and what are we working for? What does God want from our work? What does our work mean in light of our Catholic faith?
This has been a busy summer. As I write to you this week, I am getting ready for the opening Mass for the new school year at St. John’s Seminary. I cannot believe the summer months have moved so fast!
This weekend I had the blessing to join more than 1,100 teenagers for our first annual “City of Saints” conference, hosted by the archdiocese’s Religious Education Department.
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