Does Archbishop Paglia Illustrate the “Lessness” of Francis? by Dr. Jeff Mirus

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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, April 25, 2023

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and


Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is clearly one of the worst of those bishops who are so highly favored by Pope Francis, and his continued favor amply demonstrates what we can only call the Pope’s “lessness”—that is, either “recklessness” or “fecklessness”. It would require supernatural insight to speak of “faithlessness”, but it does not take a supernatural observer to see the damage that is being done.

Now Archbishop Paglia, who was installed as the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life by Pope Francis in 2016, has made news again by asserting that the Church might accept the decriminalization of assisted suicide. This in itself is mostly confusing, since the Church is rarely in a position to accept or reject a civil law. Admittedly, even “approving” of the decriminalization of suicide is a strange litmus test, because one always wonders about the point of threatening a potential suicide with the full majesty of the law. But of course Archbishop Paglia had already indicated that he would be willing to “hold the hand” of someone who was in the process of committing suicide, in effect supporting and comforting them in the commission of a very grave evil. And, again of course, assisted suicide is murder. …

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