Pontifical Academy of Death: ‘Yes’ to Euthanasia and Artificial Insemination

The ban on euthanasia causes worse harm than good; green light to homologous fertilisation: these are the resounding statements contained in the book La gioia della vita (The Joy of Life), a joint reflection of the theologians of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Pav). And even the Bible can be corrected. It’s an unapologetic declaration … Read more

Prefect for Pontifical Academy for Life Fail To Condemn Euthanasia?

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, has again caused apparent confusion about Catholic morality in recent comments refusing to outline the Church’s clear prohibition of euthanasia. In an interview published by the Italian news site Secolo d’Italia on March 16, Paglia fielded questions on end-of-life issues, palliative care and euthanasia. … Read more

‘Scandalous Betrayal’: JPII Academy Calls on Abp. Paglia to be Fired over Assisted Suicide Remarks

The following is an open letter written by the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family in response to President of the Pontifical Academy for Life Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia’s recent comments in favor of legalizing assisted suicide. An Open Letter ‘Qui tacet consentire videtur.’ ‘He who is silent is taken to agree.’ … Read more

Archbishop Paglia Used Charity Funds to Renovate His Apartment

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia diverted hundreds of thousands of euros allocated to support missionary and charitable works while he served as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Paglia used much of the money to finance building projects in Rome, including the renovation of his personal apartment, The Pillar has learned. According to multiple independent … Read more

Cardinal Paglia Reopens Debate On Contraception: “Change Is Possible”

Is a papal encyclical on its way to subvert the Church’s teaching on life, particularly on contraception? Last 2 July, Jorge José Ferrer, Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, introduced the idea in La Civiltà Cattolica, at the end of a long article welcoming the air of renewal introduced … Read more

Vatican Chief Praises Italy’s Law Legalizing Abortion as a ‘Pillar of Society’

The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life called Italy’s notorious Law 194 legalizing abortion “a pillar of society” this weekend, insisting that no one is looking to overturn it. Interviewed by Italian state television Rai Tre, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia lauded the 1978 law allowing abortion in Italy, a move that critics called a new … Read more

Déjà vu All Over Again

The caustic and always entertaining British novelist Evelyn Waugh observed: It is better to be narrow-minded than to have no mind, to hold limited and rigid principles than none at all. That is the danger which faces so many people today—to have no considered opinions on any subject, to put up with what is wasteful … Read more

Pontifical Academy for Life Pushes for Departure From Doctrine on Contraceptive Sex

Fifty-five years ago, Pope St. Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae, a papal encyclical that unequivocally clarified the Church’s perennial opposition to artificially contracepted sex. Although this teaching faced resistance from several theologians and even bishops at the time, it has been reaffirmed and further developed by subsequent papal teaching, from St. John Paul II’s Evangelium … Read more

The Vatican Goes to Bat for Biden

In 2016, the Vatican was pulling for Hillary Clinton. Just days before the presidential election, Pope Francis renewed his criticism of politicians who speak about erecting “walls.” This led Slate and other publications to run such headlines as “It Sure Sounds Like Pope Francis Doesn’t Think Americans Should Vote for Trump.” Several Francis-friendly prelates ran … Read more