- “Just as we cannot make another person our slave, even if they ask to be, so we cannot directly choose to take the life of another, even if they request it,” the Vatican said.
- Those who enact laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide are therefore accomplices in the grave sin that others will commit.
- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphasizes that "there is no right to suicide or euthanasia" or to what they call "preventive abortion",
The Vatican has expressed it’s opposition to euthanasia describing it as a crime against human life and a bad act, in all occasions and circumstances. It has further criticized the countries that authorize it as complicit in the serious sin. The statement was released today.
“Just as we cannot make another person our slave, even if they ask to be, so we cannot directly choose to take the life of another, even if they request it,” the Vatican said in a new document released by its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Published Sept. 22, the document, titled, “Samaritanus Bónus “(The Good Samaritan), on the care of people in critical and terminal stages of life.
The Vatican in it’s opposition to the act goes further to state that those who enact laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide are therefore accomplices in the grave sin that others will commit thanks to the effectiveness of the laws.
The document excludes from the sacraments anyone who expresses an intention to end his life and calls for the affirmation of palliative care as an alternative to euthanasia.
The document explains that the “laws that legitimize forms of assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia of the most vulnerable patients” deny “the ethical and legal limits of the sick person’s self-determination, obscuring the value of human life in the disease, the meaning of suffering in a worrying way, and the sense of time before death “.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphasizes that “there is no right to suicide or euthanasia” or to what they call “preventive abortion”, which is practiced with the fetus to prevent a child from being born with malformations.
The only right, it argues, is “to protect life and coexistence between men”.
The document reiterates that It is never lawful for anyone to collaborate with such immoral acts or to imply that he may be an accomplice in words, works or omissions.
In this sense, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith considers that “medical personnel and other health workers – faithful to the task of always being at the service of life and assisting it until the end – cannot lend themselves to any practice of euthanasia, even at the request of the interested party, let alone the individual’s relatives.
The document reiterates that Helping a patient to die, even if they ask for it is an act that does not recognize the patient’s autonomy and shows a lack of knowledge “of the value of their freedom”.
“Moreover, it is to take the place of God in deciding the moment of death,” it said, adding that it is for this reason that “abortion, euthanasia and willful self-destruction (…) poison human society” and “do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury.”
Nor can the act be regarded as a compassionate action because, according to the Vatican “compassion does not cause death, but accompanies the sick person”.
In the letter, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith admits, however, that “physical life cannot be thought of as something to be preserved at all costs” and that “medicine must accept the limit of death as part of the human condition”.
But, until that moment, the patient must be able to feel accompanied medically, psychologically and spiritually in his pain, be heard and feel understood, concludes the text.
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