What laws to serve the human person?

Meeting of Legal Advisors of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe

Luxembourg, December 10-12, 2017


The regulations concerning the so-called "end of life" and migrations will be the focus of the Meeting of Legal Advisors of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe scheduled on December 10-12 in Luxembourg.

The meeting, in the afternoon of Sunday, December 10, will be opened by H. Em. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, Italy, and President of CCEE, who will introduce the first session along with the local Archbishop who hosts the meeting, H. Ex. Mgr. Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of "Justice and Peace Europe," and the Apostolic Nuncio in Luxembourg, H. Ex. Mgr. Augustine Kasujja. Then, participants will be introduced to some issues of interest to the Church that are being currently discussed at the Court of Justice of the European Union, that they will visit on the following day. During the visit, legal advisors will have the opportunity to meet some judges of the Court.

In recent decades, moral and legal issues related to the subject of the so-called "end of life" have become considerably more serious as a result of anthropological, socio-economic, and medical changes. At a time when 'the time of dying' has been increasingly 'privatized,' the Catholic Church reminds us of the need to accompany the persons who have come to the end of their earthly life. For the Church, death is not the end of life, but the opening to eternal life. So what is often called "end of life" is actually a time that requires preparation and accompaniment, not an experience to live in solitude. Faced with the plurality of approaches and issues related to the "end of life" (euthanasia, assisted suicide, living will, palliative care, futile care…), the Church calls into question the responsibility of various players: first and foremost, the person who is directly concerned, but also medical doctors, the family, the community, and ultimately the State. In Luxembourg, legal advisors will discuss on the laws currently in force or under discussion as well as on the ethical benchmarks that may direct the legislator.

Regarding the regulation of immigration to countries in the European area, it is imperative to discuss it, considering the urgency and the development this issue has acquired in recent years. There is an evident urgency of harmonic policies, which are to be materialized into a legislative apparatus that protects both migrants and the receiving community. Again, the multitude of problematic issues related to migration (family reunification, refugee status, asylum seekers' procedures, citizenship attribution, labor law, welfare system and social security, legal position of minors ...) demand an accurate analysis, in order that the political-legislative agenda can ensure the necessary reception and integration of migrants in the respect of inalienable values ​​and rules such as the protection of the dignity of the person.

The meeting will be behind closed doors. A press communiqué will be released at the end of the meeting.


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The press release is available in English, French, German and Italian.

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