“The state has an interest (responsibility) in protecting the poor, the elderly and disabled persons. The lives of the disabled and elderly must be no less valuable than the lives of young and healthy … The difficulty in defining terminal illness and the risk that a dying patient’s request for assistance in ending his or her life might not be truly voluntary justifies the prohibitions on assisted suicide we uphold here.” – Chief Justice William Rehnquist
Fasting can be really hard to do. Hopefully, most of us have not given up by the Friday after Ash Wednesday. Do not despair if you have. Here are some tips for fasting that may help. Most of these I mentioned in my homily on Ash Wednesday, but it is good to have them written down. … Continue reading
So many people feel abandoned and alone. But Jesus never leaves us and is willing to forgive our many sins.
The leader of Canada’s bishops today released a pastoral statement in regard to the remarkable conclusions of the Special Joint Committee of the Government of Canada on “Physician-Assisted Dying.” Among the committee’s conclusions are recommendations for making assisted suicide available to adolescents and children who might be considered “mature minors.” As well, the committee recommends that psychological suffering be included in criteria for eligibility and that all health-care practitioners must at minimum provide “effective referrals” to those who want to kill themselves. …