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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Aug 17, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

If you’re following the debate about “brain death,” don’t miss this report in the Washington Post, analyzing coverage of the tragic death of actress Anne Heche. Here’s the eye-opening passage:

The Post’s obituaries editor, Adam Bernstein, said the newspaper doesn’t recognize brain death, which is sometimes partial, as a clear marker of death.

“It’s black and white. There’s no gray area here. If you’re on life support, you’re still alive,” Bernstein said. “Other publications can make their own judgment about when they’re comfortable publishing. I’m comfortable when someone is actually dead.” …

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