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Dutch cardinal: priests cannot ‘accompany’ assisted suicide

December 17, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Willelm Eijk of Utrecht has said that a priest “must not be present when euthanasia or assisted suicide are performed.” The Dutch cardinal—who was trained as a physician before entering the priesthood—said that priests must be clear in telling anyone who contemplates suicide that it is a grave sin. His stand contrasts with that of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who said that he would “hold the hand” of someone undertaking assisted suicide.

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 17, 2019 10:41 PM ET USA

    Agree strongly with the Cardinal. Archbishop Paglia invites a misinterpretation of the Church's teachings that suicide of any sort is wrong. God is a final judge of those with mental issues and those who are on psychological drugs but those who set themselves up for assisted suicide commit a grave sin. The bishop is wrong.