US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Death-it's a part of life

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Myles Sheehan has two jobs that cause him to walk with death on a regular basis: One, he's a doctor specializing in the care of old people; two, he's a Jesuit priest. He's also an Irish Catholic from Boston, where wakes constitute a hefty portion of one's social activities from childhood onward. So it isn't altogether surprising that when he speaks about what makes a good death, people listen.


Men and abortion

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
"The clinic was a very cold place. We spoke to a counselor who asked us if we felt that we knew what we were doing. They told me it would be better if I left and came back to pick her up later. So I went out to get some air. I found out later that she'd had second thoughts and come out looking for me. But I wasn't there. So she went ahead with the abortion. That was the hardest thing because I wasn't there when she needed me."

The Murder of Darrell Grayson

By Father Sebastian Muccilli| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Walking to Alabama's death chamber with his friend changed Father Sebastian Muccilli's life. He writes of his hope that Darrell Grayson's story may change our attitudes about the death penalty as well.

After comforting a death-row inmate in his final days, a priest has devoted himself to the cause of abolishing the death penalty.

A little less confrontation, a little more action

By Vincent Gragnani| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
After more than 30 years of stalemate, some on both sides of the abortion debate are ready to put down their signs and start trying to work together.