Tag: Suicide

Letter to a weary Catholic parent

Letter to a weary Catholic parent

| Liz Kelly | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

A woman emails me to tell me about her daughter: She’s 12 and has tried to commit suicide multiple times. She’s in a mental health facility, and she’s not making much progress. Would I please pray?

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To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice. A few years ago on Nightline, Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: “We’re talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that’s their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don’t want that. Others want out!”

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Ohio priest being investigated for ‘questionable’ texts commits suicide

Ohio priest being investigated for ‘questionable’ texts commits suicide

| December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

A priest being investigated for “excessive and questionable” communications with a minor and possible misuse of church funds committed suicide, the bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, said.

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Croatian archbishop deplores ‘unjust verdicts’ after general’s suicide

Croatian archbishop deplores ‘unjust verdicts’ after general’s suicide

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The president of Croatia’s bishops’ conference condemned “unjust verdicts” at a United Nations war crimes trial, after a jailed general publicly committed suicide when his appeal was rejected.

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A ministry of mercy tackles suicide epidemic on Lakota reservation

A ministry of mercy tackles suicide epidemic on Lakota reservation

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A sad reality on a number of Native American reservations is the high suicide rate. That is especially true on the Rosebud Reservation in south central South Dakota.

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Suicide and forgiveness; heaven for those B.C.

Suicide and forgiveness; heaven for those B.C.

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I need an answer. Our son had been suffering from clinical depression since he was 4 years old. All of the doctors and all of the medications we tried over the years seemed to do little to help. One year ago, his own son died in an auto accident at the age of 24, and that seemed to be more than our son could handle; at age 50, he took his own life.

Human remains have been found that are 50,000 years old. But Christ came to earth only 2,000 years ago. Are all those “pagan” people before Jesus now in purgatory? And why did he wait so long to come?

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The marginalized include those with mental illness

The marginalized include those with mental illness

| Deacon Jim Marschall | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

The recent death of actor Robin Williams has drawn attention to the tragedy of mental illness and suicide, but I fear that as weeks pass, it is slipping quietly from our consciousness.

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Suicide struggle: Speaker uses father’s death to help others

Suicide struggle: Speaker uses father’s death to help others

| April 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

John Crudele pulled out a letter he received in 1992 from a teenager in a small, Midwestern town. The beginning of the letter was cheery, but the words turned dark when the young girl described her troubled junior high years.

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Pastor endured similar tragedy in his own family

Pastor endured similar tragedy in his own family

| October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

When Father Jon Vander Ploeg, pastor of St. Paul in Ham Lake, was notified that Teresa Gross had committed suicide on Nov. 1, 2010, he knew what the family was going through.

Five years before that, his family had endured a similar tragedy when his brother, Mark, committed suicide.

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Tragedy transformed

Tragedy transformed

| October 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

As the first anniversary of their daughter’s suicide approaches, local couple feels called to help other families

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