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Catholic living wills

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Mar 31, 2005

With the death of Terri Schiavo today, many people are asking where Catholics can turn to find out how to make sure that they are not treated in similar fashion if they become similarly incapacitated. Look no further than the National Catholic Bioethics Center, an orthodox organization helmed by Dr. John Haas, and their Catholic Guide to End of Life Decisions.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Apr. 01, 2005 12:37 PM ET USA

    Protecting "self" I would say, is a reasonable thing..., but it is NOT the major issue here. Any afflicted incapacitated individuall has the RIGHT to be protected from the "right-to-die" crowd, who do not seem to have any scruples about murdering people by starvation under the pretense of perserving their well-being. What is RIGHT for Catholics is RIGHT for all, even if it is not universally recognized... with or WITHOUT a "living will.." That anyone would have to write "Don't murder me!"

  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - Apr. 01, 2005 12:48 AM ET USA

    I know this doesn't pertain to the subject at hand, tragic 'though it may be, however, Domenico, congratulations on your impending marriage...may our gracious Lord grant you both countless blessings, and a long and very happy life together.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 31, 2005 9:54 PM ET USA

    Dom, Thanks for posting this info. Will make my people aware. BTW...Dr. Haas is not only an awesome moral theologian, he is among the best teachers! With all the misinfo. out there I hope that US Bishops use this as an opportunity to teaching sound doctrine and do so clearly. God Rest Terri Schiavo Soul. God have mercy on our Country.

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