French court orders resumption of feeding for Vincent Lambert after UN intervention (AP) Responding to a last-minute intervention by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a French court has ordered doctors to resume the supply of food and water to Vincent Lambert, the quadriplegic at the center of a contentious legal debate. The court ruling came on May 20 after doctors had cut off food and water, on the basis of an earlier court ruling.
Vatican reports new strides toward financial transparency (Vatican News) The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (FIA) has reported significant new progress toward full transparency, in its annual report for the past year. René Bruhart, the president of FIA, said that in 2018 the agency flagged 56 instances of suspicious financial activity, and sent 11 reports to Vatican prosecutors for further investigation; one such report resulted in the first-ever conviction for money-laundering at the Vatican. The FIA also expanded its cooperation with financial regulators in other countries, and completed the process of entering the Vatican into the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA).
Vatican dicastery sees 'grave violation' in Vincent Lambert case (Vatican Press Office) A court order allowing the end of nutrition and hydration for Vincent Lambert is a “grave violation of the dignity of the person,” according to a May 20 statement from the Vatican’s dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. The statement noted that “to nourish a sick person never constitutes form of unreasonable therapeutic obstinacy, as long as the person is able to receive nutrition and hydration” without intolerable suffering. To stop such care, the statement said, is “a form of abandonment of the patient.”
Irish bishops call on voters to recognize the good the EU has accomplished (Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference) “In looking honestly and critically at where the European Union—and its Member States—have fallen short in realizing its fundamental values, let us not forget to appreciate the historic and significant achievements of the European project,” the Irish bishops wrote on the eve of the 2019 European Parliament election (May 23-26). “Let us recognize the good it has delivered in promoting solidarity between European peoples and nations. Let us recognize its contribution to developing our economies and regions. Let us also acknowledge its greatest achievement, that of maintaining peace in Europe.”
'Think of future generations,' Polish bishops say in election statement (SIR) Pope St. John Paul II believed that “Poland’s accession to the EU was not only an opportunity for the material and cultural development of the country, but also a chance for the Union itself to draw on the rich spiritual heritage of the Polish people,” the Polish bishops said in their for the 2019 European Parliament election.
Vatican official urges West African bishops to care for migrants (Vatican News) “Human mobility seems to be a consequence of the fall of our first parents who became migrants after being expelled from their home for disobedience,” said Father Ikechi Ikena, SJ, of the Migration and Refugees Section at the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, as he called on the Church in West Africa “to manifest the character of God, by not abandoning migrants in their vulnerabilities.”
Montreal archbishop: legislation secularity is not neutral (CNS) Montreal’s Archbishop Christian Lepine warns against legislation that would prohibit the wearing of religious symbols by public employees, including teachers. The measure, he said, would force citizens to “conceal their religious identity in the name of a presumed neutrality.”