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Cardinal Parolin affirms Pius XII’s teaching on palliative care, cautions against ‘protracted and deep’ sedation

March 01, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: “Pope Pius XII had clearly legitimized, by distinguishing it from euthanasia, the administration of analgesics to alleviate unbearable pain that is not otherwise treatable, even if, in the phase of imminent death, they may cause a shortening of life,” the Vatican’s Secretary of State said in a letter. He cautioned that “protracted and deep” sedation that cancels out “the relational and communicative dimension” is “always at least partially unsatisfactory.”

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