Life Issues Forum

By Chelsy Gomez

In the Gospel of Matthew, the Pharisees ask Jesus if it is lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar; yet, the Pharisees are not actually interested in His answer. Rather, their objective is to trap Jesus through their inquiry. They know a simple yes or no answer would violate either Roman or Jewish law and attempt to use this knowledge to their advantage.

By Mary McClusky

The parents of a 3-month-old recently wrote to The Washington Post food critic's online chat to ask about dining etiquette in a city where many restaurants are inaccessible to strollers.  The critic responded by complaining about "strollers the size of Zipcars," but then admitted he wasn't the parent of an infant and invited readers to discuss the topic.

By Greg Schleppenbach

The movement to legalize doctor-assisted suicide has been gaining momentum in recent years. Since 2015, two states (California and Colorado) and the District of Columbia have joined Oregon, Washington State and Vermont in legalizing the deadly practice. And 28 states had assisted suicide bills introduced in 2017 with a handful coming very close to succeeding. Compassion & Choices, the leading assisted suicide proponent, has a well-organized and well-funded agenda that has been very effective in leading these efforts.

By Tom Grenchik
The recent Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America was an unprecedented gathering. Led by 155 bishops, over 3,200 Catholic leaders attended from 159 dioceses and over 200 national Catholic organizations, apostolates, and movements. Inspired by Evangelii gaudium, the Convocation equipped and re-energized leaders to share the Gospel as missionary disciples.

By Tommy O'Donnell
 
In early July, I was privileged to attend the Convocation of Catholic Leaders, a gathering of over 3,000 Catholics reflecting on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") and discussing how the Church can undergo what Francis calls a missionary conversion in the United States.