Upcoming Event: What’s wrong with Assisted Suicide
Many citizens legitimately ask, “What’s wrong with assisted suicide?” If this is purely a private matter, then the only people who can be harmed are those who request it. Assisted suicide is not purely a private matter. It affects huge vulnerable populations who will experience new pressures and financial incentives to die.
Fr. Spitzer, a Jesuit priest, philosopher, educator and world-class speaker, will discuss why assisted-suicide is a fundamental justice issue – giving freedoms to one group that impose onerous burdens to die on other groups – the vulnerable, disabled, and the economically and socially marginalized.
Join us on Friday, Sept. 2, from 7-9pm at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre. Registration today!
Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, philosopher, educator, author, speaker, and frequent TV personality. A retired President of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Fr. Spitzer is President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and the Spitzer Center which develops curricula to strengthen culture, faith, and spirit in Catholic as well as non-profit and for-profit organizations.
Bill C-14: “Medical Assistance in Dying”
Friday, June 17, 2016 was a sad day for Canada when Bill C-14 – legalization of euthanasia/assisted suicide was passed in our country.
CCCB President, Most Rev. Douglas Crosby comments on the recent approval of Bill C-14 legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide:
“Declaring physician-assisted suicide a “right” is not true caring and not humane in the least. It is ultimately a false act of mercy, a distortion of kindness to our fellow man/woman.”
Read the full statement here.
Cardinal Collins also commented on the passing of Bill C-14:
“…their decisions have set our country down a path that leads not simply, and obviously, towards physical death for an increasing number of our fellow citizens, but towards a grim experience for everyone in our society of the coldness of spiritual death. That death is found in a loss of respect for the dignity of the human person, in a deadening pressure upon the vulnerable to be gone, and in an assault upon the sanctuary of conscience to be suffered by good individuals and institutions who seek only to heal.” Read more here.
Representatives from various faith communities united to issue a joint call to Canada’s elected officials to support a robust, well-resourced, national palliative care strategy and to raise awareness of inadequacies in palliative care, particularly in the wake of the debate over Physician-Assisted Dying/Suicide. Read more.
Join the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience
As legalization of euthanasia has put conscience protection in jeopardy for health care providers, we encourage you to join the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. To learn more, visit CanadiansforConscience.ca
Interested in doing more? Sign the petition!
A petition calling for a national palliative care strategy is available at your local parish! Please consider signing it! You can also print out the petition here, sign it and mail postage-free to MP Mark Warawa, who is organizing the campaign.
Resources and Materials
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
To educate parishioners on the Church’s teaching on End of Life issues, the CCCB has produced a campaign and special website.
This website has been created to give dioceses, parishes, movements, associations and families as well as individuals easy access to all the campaign materials.
A National Campaign for Palliative and Home Care: Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, download campaign brochure here
Catholic Organization for Life and Family
Resources to download on euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Archdiocese of Vancouver: Life, Marriage and Family Office
Respect Life Office Church’s teaching on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
End of Life Decisions – Advance care planning documents and articles on ethical end of life decisions.
Answering Assisted Suicide
These videos from B.C.’s Advokate Life and Education Services do an amazing job responding to the principle arguments for assisted suicide. They’re short, convincing and suitable for church presentations. Please share them.