1. Pope announces 3 Chinese bishops in a week, reorganizes diocese under a controversial 2018 accord, By Associated Press, January 31, 2024, 8:16 AM Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the nomination of a new Chinese bishop, the third in less than a week, in an apparent sign that a controversial 2018 accord with Beijing governing the nomination of Chinese bishops is working. Bishop Peter Wu Yishun was consecrated bishop of Minbei in Fujian in southeast China, the Vatican said in a statement. It noted that Francis had named him bishop on Dec. 6. On Monday, the Vatican announced a new bishop for Weifang and said Francis had reorganized the church territory and erected a new diocese there to conform with China’s geographic delineation of the area. Bishop Anthony Sun Wenjun had been named last April but was actually consecrated Monday, the Vatican said. The Vatican said Francis made the decision to redraw Weifang’s borders “with the desire to promote the pastoral care of the Lord’s flock, and to attend better to its spiritual welfare.” It noted that the previous territory, called an apostolic prefecture, had been erected in 1931 by Pope Pius XI.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/01/31/vatican-china-bishop-nomination/f6b9aae6-c03a-11ee-a4c6-8f5c350e9316_story.html__________________________________________________________ 2. Maryland bishops urge lawmakers to reject physican assisted suicide, By John Lavenburg, Crux, January 31, 2024 As Maryland lawmakers renew their push to legalize physician assisted suicide, the state’s Catholic bishops have announced they are “deeply disappointed” and urged lawmakers to choose a different path of compassion and dignity. The legislation – The End-of-Life Option Act – was introduced in the Maryland House of Representatives on Jan. 18, and in the Maryland Senate on Jan. 22. A date hasn’t been announced for a hearing in the House, while the first Senate hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Feb. 8. The proposed legislation states that “a licensed health care professional does not violate [criminal law] by administering or prescribing a procedure or administering, prescribing, or dispensing a medication to relieve pain, even if the medication or procedure may hasten death or increase the risk of death.” In essence, under the law a licensed physician could legally prescribe a procedure or medication that could increase the risk of death, or withhold or withdraw a life-sustaining procedure, at the request of a patient who has a terminal illness with a prognosis of six or less months to live.  https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2024/01/maryland-bishops-urge-lawmakers-to-reject-physican-assisted-suicide__________________________________________________________ 3. Missouri Senate Republicans filibuster in hopes of making it harder for voters to amend constitution, By Summer Ballentine, Associated Press, January 30, 2024, 5:47 PM A faction of the Missouri Senate ended a roughly 16-hour filibuster on Tuesday that was meant to pressure their fellow Republicans into fast-tracking legislation that would make it harder for voters to amend the state constitution. The Freedom Caucus’ push comes as abortion-rights supporters are trying to get a measure on the November ballot that would guarantee the right to abortion in the state constitution. Missouri Republicans have been trying for years to make it harder to amend the constitution. But pressure increased when the campaign to restore abortion rights announced plans to put the issue to a public vote this November. State Sen. Bill Eigel, a member of the Freedom Caucus, said the hope is for Republican Gov. Mike Parson to put a measure on voter-referred constitutional amendments on the August primary ballot. Then, the higher approval threshold could be in place before the general election.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/01/30/republican-infighting-freedom-caucus-missouri-filibuster/82404856-bfc1-11ee-a4c6-8f5c350e9316_story.html__________________________________________________________ 4. Critics challenge German Synodal Way in light of abuse study, By AC Wimmer, Catholic News Agency, January 30, 2024, 10:52 AM In light of a Protestant abuse study unveiled in Germany, a Catholic lay group has called into doubt the “persistent narrative of the Synodal Way attributing systemic causes of abuse to specifically Catholic factors.” Published on Jan. 25, the ForuM study identified 1,259 accused individuals and 2,174 survivors of abuse since 1946 within the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), according to a report by CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner. This study’s findings starkly contrast with the claims of an “alleged Catholic-specific dimension of sexual abuse,” stated “Neuer Anfang,” a German lay group critical of the Synodal Way. The German Synodal Way, which voted for women’s ordination and transgender ideology, among other issues, linked its resolutions to the MHG Study, an investigation of clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Germany. However, Neuer Anfang has stated that “critics have consistently challenged the scientific validity of such a connection.” As CNA Deutsch reported, a noted medical expert also raised concerns in this context.  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/256679/critics-challenge-german-synodal-way-in-light-of-abuse-study__________________________________________________________

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