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Former Archbishop of Canterbury breaks with colleagues, supports legal euthanasia

August 14, 2015

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has broken with the public position of the Church of England to say that physician-assisted suicide could be “a profoundly Christian and moral thing.”

Lord Carey, who served as the worldwide leader of the Anglican communion from 1991 until his retirement in 2002, said that he was confident safeguards could be devised to prevent abuse of legalized euthanasia.

Rev. Brendan McCarthy, an adviser on medical ethics to the Church of England, took a very different stand in advance of a vote in the House of Commons on a proposal to legalize assisted suicide. Rev. McCarthy said that the proposal was “criminally naïve” and would “most certainly” put vulnerable elderly people at risk of involuntary euthanasia.

 


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 15, 2015 7:04 AM ET USA

    Safeguards and murder really don't belong in the same paragraph. The COE has gone off the rails so many times since Henry VIII that it's clear they don't even have a working train station.