Assisted suicide, as well as euthanasia, is strictly forbidden by Catholic teaching. Because the assisted suicide train is now racing down the track of state legislatures, Catholic health care must provide an adequate response for dying patients. Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Gerard Magill, PhD, will be at Sacred Heart Parish to discuss palliative care as the crucial response of Catholic health care to assisted suicide. Palliative and hospice care provide robust alternatives and Catholic health care is now advocating strenuously for these resources across the U.S. This evening is part of the Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center’s Bioethics Lecture Series.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
7 to 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, Virginia.
Complimentary snacks and refreshments provided.
Please see the flyer to learn more and to read more about Dr. Magill.
I would like to share with you a video produced in Italy by CoorDown, which is an Italian organization advocating the rights of children, youth and young adults with Down Syndrome. I found this pro-life video very moving and produced with great artistry.
The Italians have brought to bear such artistry, with a Catholic sensibility, in their affirmation of life. The video captures so beautifully the reading for Sunday October 12 from Isaiah, “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines.” [Isaiah 25:6-10a] All peoples: whether unborn, with intellectual or physical disabilities, or those weakened, fragile, and vulnerable due to age or sickness.
The Italian video ends with these words, “People with Down Syndrome can live a happy life. Together we can make it possible.” Together we can accomplish a great work – witnessing to life.
In the wake of Belgium’s recent decision to legalize euthanasia for disabled children, the mission of the Church is urgent – to safeguard our humanity and hold back barbarism, and bring about a cultural transformation through her witness to the Gospel.
Have you noticed that sometimes people accuse the Catholic church of exclusivity? But think about it:
- we do not exclude unborn children, but affirm that they have a place at the table of life;
- we do not exclude the sick and elderly but affirm they have dignity despite their weakness and vulnerability, and a place at the table of life and a claim on our care for them;
- we do not exclude those children, youth, and adults with special needs despite even if some find them awkward, and they have a place at the table of life.
“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast…” also looks forward to the banquet of eternal life at the fulfillment of time and history when in the words of Scripture “God will be all in all.” All will be enfolded in the incomprehensible mystery of God’s infinite love.
Saint Benedict Parish will be hosting the 4th Annual Diocesan White Mass at the 11 am Mass on October 26th, 2014, honoring the giftedness of persons with special needs. Please join us for this wonderful occasion. And please use the sharing buttons below to share this post and invite your friends to this Mass.