Mixed response

Mixed response

Mixed response to virtual UN climate summit © giSpate (shutterstock)

Non-governmental organizations gave a mixed review of the UN climate summit over the weekend. There was praise for ambitious climate plans, criticism for lack of support for those countries already suffering from climate damage.


Dispute over assisted suicide among neighbors

The case of a 52-year-old teacher from Burgundy has apparently moved the French deeply. The woman suffered from a facially disfiguring tumor disease. The few photos of her, which show her cruelly disfigured in her last days of life, caused the number of supporters of active euthanasia to skyrocket in polls. Nine out of ten French people, it was reported on Wednesday, voted in favor of legalization. Two years ago, about three-quarters of the respondents were.

Currently, active euthanasia is banned in France. A 2005 law nevertheless permits passive euthanasia. Patients can refuse treatment, doctors won't be punished if they administer such high doses of drugs to relieve pain that it may shorten life. Why the tumor patient found dead a week ago did not take advantage of these aids has so far remained unclear. She instead petitioned the court in vain for permission to be administered life-ending drugs.Christine Boutin, a housing minister known as a committed Catholic, complained that the case had been exploited by advocates of euthanasia. Even the daily newspaper "Le Monde", which is not suspected of being close to the Catholic Church, called it masterful how the patient had achieved her goal of triggering a nationwide debate on euthanasia.In fact, voices promptly increased, even among Boutin's cabinet colleagues, in favor of exemptions from the ban on euthanasia. The new family secretary of state, Nadine Morano, for example, wants to introduce a commission to ie approvals for active euthanasia in extreme cases. Prime Minister Francois Fillon commissioned a review of the 2005 end-of-life law.The French bishops, on the other hand, reaffirmed their rejection of active euthanasia. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon warned against changing laws while emotions are still surging. Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon referred to the existing palliative medical aids, and Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon also stressed that the existing legal leeway was sufficient.



“The question of why remains”

Deployment jackets for emergency chaplains © Marius Becker

They were quickly on the scene after the attack on the Christmas market in Berlin and continue to provide assistance in the aftermath: emergency chaplains from the Archdiocese of Berlin. A year later, many emotions are now coming up again.

Interviewer: How do those feel today who witnessed the attack back then or lost someone in the process?


Priests should celebrate liturgy “in the person of christ

In his homily at the Chrism Mass on Green Thursday, the Pope exhorted priests to love God and neighbor. "A person without love is dark within," he said, "Let us ask the Lord to remove all hostility from our innermost being, to take away from us every sense of self-sufficiency, and to clothe us truly with the robe of love."

Further, Benedict XVI called for. Urges priests not to despair of the burden of their ministry. Instead, they should look to Christ, who endured obedience, weakness, pain and darkness. "The more we love him and become lovers with him, the easier for us his seemingly oppressive yoke becomes," the pope said.He reminded priests to exercise their liturgical ministry "in the person of Christ". The vestments of worship are symbols of the priesthood and a clear sign that celebrants stand at the altar in place of another, he said. The tunic and stole would correspond to the festive garment that the father puts on the Prodigal Son when he returns home.

"Making soiled clothes white" Before the service, priests must become aware of how far they are from Christ and "how much dirt exists in our lives," says Benedict XVI. God's love alone can "make our soiled garments white.". In his remarks, the pope also referred to the traditional prayers priests had to say before the liturgical reform when putting on vestments in the sacristy.As a starting point for his homily on the symbolism of priestly vestments, the pope cited a story by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, "Looking at God". In it, a shepherd asks a king to exchange clothes with him so that the king can learn "what God is doing" through this exchange.