PRO-LIFE PHYSICIAN: YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL REGARDING EUTHANASIA

A physician from Shreveport, Louisiana, Dr. Frederick J. White, says one cannot be neutral regarding euthanasia.
Dr. White, chair of the Institutional Ethics Committee for the Willis-Knighton Health System, wrote in a column in the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 13 that the AMA has long held a position that he shares: that physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.”
Now the medical association, Dr. White writes, “is studying whether to retreat from that position into the mirage of moral neutrality. …But the wink and nod of neutrality is beneath the demands of this issue and the dignity of the medical profession.”
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FUGATE CHAIR OF CATHOLIC THOUGHT FOUNDED AT WSU PARISH TO KEEP STUDENTS IN THE FAITH

When young men and women leave home for college, many of them – once away from school – also begin leaving the church.
Father John Hay is working hard to stop that. The pastor of the St. Paul University Parish at Wichita State just received a lot of help to stem the flow of young adults out of the church from Larry and Dana Fugate, members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita.
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WINTER SUMMIT SPEAKER: CHURCH MUST BE A ‘HOSPITAL’ BEFORE IT CAN EVANGELIZE

The church must first be a hospital before it can proclaim the Good News, according to Jared Dees.
“I was really inspired by Pope Francis’ vision of the church as a hospital years ago when he first became pope,” Dees said last week. “He talked about how he saw the church as a field hospital after battle.”
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THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SEEK 2017 CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO

San Antonio — In a darkened conference room, nearly 13,000 Catholic college students focused on the illuminated monstrance. Thousands of students waited in line for the sacrament of Reconciliation, which was administered by hundreds of priests.
Among those gathered in silence at the SEEK 2017 conference were more than 200 college students from the Diocese of Salina.
This the night of Jan. 5 in the darkened center is what the students say they will remember the most.
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CHRISTOPHER WEST TO SPEAK AT ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI MARCH 3-4 TO PUBLIC, AT CONFERENCE

I recently returned from a couple of days in the Bronx. I took one of my sons to have an experience of volunteering with a men’s homeless shelter run by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
It was quite an interesting experience. It caused me to reflect a great deal on the cause of homelessness and the kind of men who wind up on the streets. One of the friars and I got chatting about it, and he said that from all his experience working with the down and out, he knew the root of the problem. He challenged me: “Point to one social problem that does not come back to the absence of fathers…”
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DISABILITIES DO NOT DEFINE A PERSON, WRITER SAYS, GOD DOES

I have two main disabilities, one visible and one invisible – if I receive my daily meds in the prescribed dosage, not less, at about the same time each day. The visible one is cerebral palsy; the invisible one is epilepsy.
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A PASTOR WRITES ABOUT MARRIAGE STRUGGLES, DIVORCE

I was a bit embarrassed and even shocked a couple months ago while preaching a homily to middle school children at our annual chastity retreat. Tears came to my eyes with a shaky voice as I looked into the eyes of a few of these kids…kids whose parents were going through divorce.
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BE NOT AFRAID: LETTERS FROM JESUS

“Why do I have attractions to the same gender?,” an anguished young person said to me. As a parish priest, there are very few pains which strikes to the heart of a pastor or parent than to have a young person ask why they are same-sex attracted.
There is much in the media today about same-sex attraction. Perhaps you struggle with it. Perhaps a loved one does. What do you do? How does one follow Jesus even in one’s sexual attractions?
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DIOCESAN NEWS, JANUARY 20, 2017

BISHOP WRITES ABOUT SAFE ENVIRONMENTS

The dignity of every human person demands from us an uncompromising commitment to respect and care for them. This is especially true for children and youth. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita maintains a Safe Environment Program as our effort to ensure that every child and young person under our pastoral care is received and treated as their dignity deserves.
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