Midazolam has been implicated in botched executions in three states, and lawyers have filed a petition to stop a convicted murderer's execution in fear the drug will be used.
Bishop Cirilo B. Flores of San Diego died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 66.
On Sept. 4, Bishop Flores had been transferred from the cancer center of the University of Southern California to Nazareth House in San Diego for hospice care.
The bishop's prostate cancer was disclosed Aug. 25 by the diocese. Flores had been ailing since mid-April, when he suffered a stroke four days before Easter.
Funeral information for Flores was incomplete as of early Monday.
Most people associate the sacrament of anointing of the sick with a priest visiting a dying person in a hospital bed.
But the sacrament goes beyond this typical concept. According to the Catholic church's 1983 instruction on the sacrament, the optimal place to receive the rite is during Mass itself, when church members can participate. There is also room for interpretation as to who can and should receive the sacrament.
Before the Indianapolis Colts signed Daniel Adongo to a contract, the lifelong Catholic knew little about American football. Now his world has been turned upside-down.
Opinion: A clear mark of Christian solidarity is the practice of hearing the cry of the poor and making their cries for dignity, love, justice and freedom our own.
"If you are choosing to exercise this kind of power over another person's life ... you have to know the kind of power you are exercising," Zephyr Teachout says.
Commentary: We need everyone, men and women of all races, to stand together as we address the problems that most of us could recite in our sleep
In life, Archbishop Fulton Sheen was exceptional, a riveting Catholic preacher on radio who outpolled star comedian Milton Berle in the early days of television, winning two Emmys and a following that was the envy of Bible-thumping Protestants.
After his death in 1979, it was no surprise that Sheen would be pushed for sainthood. But now two bishops have clashed in an unusual public dispute over who holds claim to Sheen's body: the New York archdiocese, where he is buried, or the diocese of Peoria, Ill., where he was raised and ordained.
After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow gays and lesbians to march under their own banner for the first time.
Book review: In the United States, a woman is assaulted by her husband or male partner every nine seconds. As Gwendolyn Plano aptly puts it, the situation is "staggering."