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Canada at ‘extremely serious’ moment in euthanasia debate

Catholic World News - October 30, 2013

An organization cofounded by the Canadian bishops and the Knights of Columbus has issued a statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family welcomed “two recent Canadian court decisions [that] have confirmed the inherent dignity of human life and the necessity to continue defending it until its natural end,” according to the statement.

At the same time, “we are very preoccupied by the ongoing debate over Quebec’s Bill 52 (An Act Respecting End-of-Life Care). In a way, we have reached a crossroad. We must ask ourselves what sort of society we want to bequeath to our children and our children’s children.”

“The hour is extremely serious,” the statement continued. “This is a question of life and death. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we cannot remain indifferent. We must reach out to our family, parish, social and professional networks to discuss these pressing issues and share our Catholic perspective. Today, the Lord is counting on each one of us, as full-fledged citizens, to defend life by intervening actively in the social debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide.”

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  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Oct. 30, 2013 9:50 AM ET USA

    Meanwhile a well-known dissident priest in Quebec (I shall not give his name here out of charity), recently diagnosed with cancer, has declared he would consider the assisted suicide option if that is legalized and if he faces a situation of suffering with no hope of recovery. Let everyone reading this pray for his conversion and for the end of what blessed John Paul II has dubbed the 'culture of death'.

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