Our Belief: “Human life is sacred because it involved the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is the sole end. God alone is the lord of life from its beginning to its end: no one can under any circumstances claim himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” ( 2258 Catechism of the Catholic Church. )
Euthanasia and assisted suicide can appear a reasonable and even compassionate solution with suffering of individuals and families struggling with illness of the dying process. Yet these are not real solutions-they do not solve human problems, but only take the lives of those most in need of unconditional love. ( U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.)
“The Catholic Church is not desensitized to the pain of those who suffer. On the contrary, it identifies its values and sees life and death as sacred. This does not mean that a person suffering in the final stages of a terminal illness must be kept alive at all costs.
There are moral, spiritual, ethical, and medical questions that must be in place when assisting the dying. The Anointing of the Sick and Hospice are two important ministries that aid in dealing with the terminally ill.’ (Reflection Excerpt from Fr. Dan Bachner.)
Please call the Church if you have any questions, concerns, or need help. Its our aim as a community of faith to be present to those who suffer and those who are dying. Pray for the sick, poor, and homeless also please. Pray for us, God’s lost lambs.
From the Culture Of Life Series Provided by St. Petronille Choose Life Ministry