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A call to Catholic Action: Speak out against assisted suicide

The archdiocese of Toronto has called for action in response to the government of Canada's request for input on the expansion of Socially-Assisted Suicide (SAD) in Canada. The teachings of the Church are clear that human life is sacred from conception to natural death. It's important that Catholics and others who have a concern for the complete dedication of our lives to our Creator speak up.

According to a Quebec court, the current statutory limits to SAD are too restrictive, and the government must make the process more broadly available or the law will be struck down - at least in Quebec. In addition to the threshold question how certain a recipient’s natural death might be in order to qualify or assistance, the government is also seeking guidance for other ways of expanding availability, including:

• So-called "mature minors" — people under age 18 considered by doctors to be capable of directing their own care.
• Cases involving "advanced requests" — where a patient stipulates they would like their life to end at a later time when they are no longer competent to give consent.
• And people who wish to end their lives solely because of mental illness.

“During the fall election campaign,” CBC notes, “Justin Trudeau committed to changing the law.”

The teachings of the Church are clear: human life is sacred, from conception to natural death. “First in the list of human rights acknowledged by the Church is the right to life, from conception to its natural end, which is the condition for the exercise of all other rights and, in particular, implies the illicitness of every form of procured abortion and of euthanasia.” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, Sect. 155).

Moreover, the 5th Commandment, “Thou shall not kill” should also be borne in mind. If our purpose in life is to find our way back to God, using all of the gifts God has entrusted to us, then it behooves us to make use of every moment we are granted for that purpose, and not to either give up ourselves or to deprive others of the opportunity.

And as Christ explained to us in Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, we will be judged as nations on how we cared for those on the margins. We as individuals, are responsible for the actions of our nation.

It’s time to consider the Gospels and the Commandments, to reflect on the dignity and meaning of life, and speak out to help the Government make wise choices, for the good of people.

Let us pray:

Mother of the most gentle Shepherd, help us, as individuals and as a great nation, to consider the value of God-granted life and the gifts each of us has to share, from the time we are conceived until God calls us home naturally, in order to help us on our journey back to God. Help us to care for one another lovingly along the entire way, and to learn to bear the pain of loss and illness in a spirit of sacrifice for those less fortunate than we.

Seat of Wisdom, guide us, please.

Amen.


Source: Government of Canada - January 14, 2020
Full article at: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cons/ad-am/index.html

Relevant locations:
Canada

Relevant political parties:
Liberal Party of Canada

Subjects:
Sanctity of human life

Keywords:

socially assisted death suicide SAD


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