Riverside, California

Judge overturns law allowing assisted suicide

American bishops have welcomed a ruling by a California judge overturning the state’s 2015 law allowing assisted suicide. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said: “Assisted suicide is not health care. We pray that this ruling will stand and that law-makers will rethink this tragic mistake, reject assisted suicide and protect all patients.” Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, said: “Healthcare professionals were shocked at the cynicism and questioned why the state was embracing doctor-assisted suicide as the standard of care for people who needed respect and support.” The law was signed by Governor Jerry Brown (pictured), an ex-seminarian.

Mexico City

Bishops promise to lose ‘princely pretensions’

Mexican bishops have promised to lose their arrogance and “princely pretensions” and to pursue a new pastoral vision with “greater spiritual accompaniment and a special prophetic courage”. The bishops’ conference is believed to be reacting to criticism from Pope Francis in 2016. The bishops said that “attitudes of individualism, pastoral jealousy, princely pretensions, arrogance and behaviours which contradict a life of communion and participation, no longer have a place in the iglesia pueblo [Church as the people].”

They admitted: “At times we appeared more judges, owners or leaders of a human organisation, than humble representatives of the project of the Kingdom of God.” The Church has been accused of not speaking out about drug-related violence.

San Salvador

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