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Loving care for the terminally ill will curb demand for assisted suicide: Canadian cardinal

May 31, 2016

As Canadian legislators near a June 6 deadline for new legislation on assisted suicide, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec has suggested that individuals should speak with people who are nearing the end of their lives, to gain perspective on the issue.

"Tell that person that he or she has a great worth in your eyes and will always be able to count on your presence," the Canadian primate suggested. He said that the results of these conversations would shed light on the question of assisted suicide, because when peopele facing terminal illness feel that they are loved, they rarely wish to end their own lives. The demands for assisted suicide, the cardinal said, "disappear when someone is well accompanied." 

 
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  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2016 4:19 PM ET USA

    I stand with Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec.

  • Posted by: Jim.K - May. 31, 2016 7:55 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the Cardinal might also send a priest to administer the Sacrament of the Sick, hear their Confession and bring Holy Communion. That just also might have a positive effect. Hummn.

  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - May. 31, 2016 1:53 PM ET USA

    I think the Cardinal is oversimplifying the issue. A lack of faith, a lack of understanding of the value of life and the value of suffering, and thinking oneself a burden, all contribute to the desire to end one's life when seriously ill. Just treating someone seriously ill with love won't remedy that. There is no simple remedy; the need is for evangelization, long before someone is terminally ill.