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Assisted suicide ‘solution’ coerces the dying and families

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My father-in-law died this past month. He was a good, hardworking man, an immigrant, self-taught and self-reliant.

As is likely both the fear and the fate of many of us, he died in a hospital, tethered to a swarm of IVs. With various doctors weighing in on his various conditions, his family struggled to make the right decisions at a time of conflicting advice and great emotion. No one wanted him to go. No one wanted him to suffer.

All our lives, we’ve been trained to rely on doctors for advice. At this literally life-and-death moment, however, they often let us down. As Dr. Dhruv Khullar wrote in The New York Times recently, “For years the medical profession has largely fumbled the question of what we should do when there’s nothing more we can do.” Read more »

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Bishop Malooly’s letter to priests decries anti-life bills in Dover

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On May 3, Bishop Malooly wrote a letter to priests of the Diocese of Wilmington regarding three bills introduced this legislative session in Dover that would: codify in state law legalized abortion; amend the state’s death penalty statute in order to restore capital punishment; and legalized physician-assisted suicide.

The following is the text of the bishop’s letter to priests on Wednesday: Read more »

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Delaware Catholics asked to contact finance committee and call for school nurse, driver’s ed funding

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The Delaware Catholic Action Network (DCAN) is asking people in the diocese to contact the members of the state General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee to help ensure that funding for driver’s education and school nurses is in the next state budget. The JFC drafts the budget, which must be passed by June 30.

Delaware.flag2The committee is “grappling with a substantial budget shortfall,” DCAN said. “At times like these, budget-writing legislators turn their attention toward cutting funding to even the most essential programs.”

School nurses, according to DCAN, are the first line of defense in the physical and emotional health of children. Nurses, in many cases, are the only people in a school building who can dispense medications.

Driver’s education is required by Delaware law, which mandates that private school students pursuing their driving privileges be instructed in the state’s curriculum and taught by teachers employed by the public school system. The last time the state reduced funding for driver’s education, families were charged more than $400 to have their students take the course.

DCAN points out that Catholic school families pay school taxes, just as any other family, and should be entitled to a program taught via public instruction.

Gov. Markell, the network said, has already recommended the small transportation stipend to nonpublic school families be eliminated.

Messages can be sent through www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/bGsOMD27_QdxZwJESIJA1A.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee are as follows:

McDowell and George Smith are the chairpersons of the committee.

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Catholics urged to thank their Delaware legislators

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The Delaware Catholic Action Network (DCAN) is urging parishioners in the Diocese of Wilmington to thank a state legislator.

When Delaware lawmakers approved the state budget this week, funding for Catholic school nurses and for transportation stipends for Catholic school families was included, albeit at lower levels than in previous years.

DCAM reported June 29 that the Joint Finance Committee, which draws up the state budget, had restored $533,000 for school nursing and $800,000 for transportation for nonpublic schools.

“While these numbers are slightly less than what our schools received last year, they will help families who struggle to send their children to Catholic schools,” DCAN said in a statement.

DCAN asked Catholics “to thank your representatives in Dover for being responsive to our requests.”

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Del. Catholic Advocacy Network wants state’s school transportation subsidy saved

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The Delaware Catholic Advocacy Network (DCAN) is asking parents who send their children to Catholic schools to contact their representatives and Gov. Jack Markell to save the “minimal stipend” that reimburses part of the transportation cost for children in nonpublic schools.

According to an email sent May 11 by DCAN, Catholic school families “save the state millions of dollars while supporting Delaware’s public school with their taxes.”

But now, the transportation stipend for Catholic school families “may be cut from the budget.”

As the Delaware General Assembly decides on the state’s 2016 budget in the weeks ahead, the Catholic advocacy group is asking Catholic parents to “send an email to your representatives and the governor” urging them to keep the stipend.

Readers who support the transportation stipend for Catholic school families can click on the link below to send a message to the General Assembly:

https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/7OT-Vw5-L1nOnJtBlzZvYg

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