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Disabled and mentally ill increasingly at risk as Belgium becomes more and more liberal with assisted suicide

 
It’s not as if we didn’t know this was coming.  Belgium has, after all, already legalised the euthanizing of children.  But now the reality of assisted suicide for those who suffer from mental ill health and those who are disabled is becoming a reality, with increasing numbers of people using the option to take their own lives, and with considerable ease.
 
There are reported cases of a transgender man who struggled with mental illness from a childhood trauma and who was killed ‘with dignity’ as proponents of assisted suicide like to say.

Pope Francis speaks out against the redefinition of marriage and the need to protect life from conception until natural death

Pope Francis has once again spoken about the need to protect all life
 
Pope Francis has urged all Catholic people to "protect the beauty and truth of the family" and to "be a support and example for other families" as he delivered a discourse at the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines.
 
The pope said: "The pressures on family life today are many. Herein the Philippines, countless families are still suffering from the effects of natural disasters.The economic situation has caused families to be separated by migration and the search for employment, and financial problems strain many households.

Scotland's Bill to Legalise Assisted Suicide May be Short Lived

Healthcare professionals must care, not kill
 
It is being reported that the Scottish Government's Health and Sport Committee, which will meet next week to discuss the proposed Assisted Suicide Bill, is likely to reject the proposals initially put forward by the late Margo MacDonald.
 
Proponents have suggested that most of those invited to consult on the bill are against assisted suicide which will ensure any plans to introduce assisted dying in Scotland are doomed to failure at a very early stage.

Pope Francis calls on European Parliament to recognise the centrality of God and the human person

Picture: Reuters
 
Pope Francis has warned the European Parliament in Strasbourg that all of Europe needs to work together to build a Europe which revolves 'not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.' 
 
The Pope, in a clear criticism of euthanasia and abortion, said that 'men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that - as is so tragically apparent - whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.

Pope urges doctors to witness to the sanctity of human life

 
Read what the pope had to say recently to doctors on the value of human life. 
Click here to read the full text of the Pope’s address: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-urges-doctors-to-witness-to-sanctity-of-life
 

We are all temples of God deserving of protection (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 9th November 2014)

 
Sunday’s Second Reading (1 Corinthians 3:9-11,16-17):
 
You are God’s building. By the grace God gave me, I succeeded as an architect and laid the foundations, on which someone else is doing the building. Everyone doing the building must work carefully. For the foundation, nobody can lay any other than the one which has already been laid, that is Jesus Christ.
Didn’t you realise that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.

Please sign this Care Not Killing petition against assisted suicide

 
Please remember to sign the Care Not Killing petition against assisted suicide.  This is vitally important if we are to resist the increasingly influential culture of death in our society.  Every signature counts! 
 
Click here to access the petition: http://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/scotland/petition/
 

Raleigh Seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard

A young priest with terminal brain cancer considers the positives to be taken from suffering and suggests there is nothing 'brave' about assisted suicide.
 
 
 

Is it permissible to offer assistance in dying?

To bring about death directly is always against the commandment “You shall not kill”.  In contrast, to stand by and assist a dying person is humane and even obligatory.  What really matters is whether a dying person is killed or allowed to die.  Someone who kills a dying person (euthanasia) breaks the Fifth Commandment.  Someone who helps another person in the dying process obeys the commandment “Love your neighbour”.  In view of the certain impending death of a patient, it is legitimate to withhold extraordinary or expensive medical procedures that are not proportionate to the expected outcome.

Life: a right for the elite

Picture: BBC website
 
Human life is back on the parliamentary agenda as the House of Lords today continues debating whether people, in certain circumstances, should have the right to die.
 
It’s a debate that has sparked considerable interest up and down the country, tugging at the emotions of many people who have experienced pain and suffering of loved ones.  It is easy enough to find proponents of the Assisted Dying Bill among this number; people who have watched their loved ones slowly slip away, each day bringing on more pain, stretching human emotions to the absolute limit.
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