Toronto, Ottawa prelates call faithful to action against euthanasia

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The Catholic archbishops in two of Canada’s largest English-speaking dioceses stepped up their campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the faithful to action. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa issued pastoral letters read in parishes during Masses over the March 5-6 weekend, reported Canadian Catholic…

California assisted-suicide law sends wrong message

The experience with my mom in her last months was that she was never a burden, but a precious gift In October, California Gov. Jerry Brown used his pen in two very different ways. The first was to sign into California law an “assisted suicide” bill, which will allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of…

California bishops disappointed assisted suicide measure signed into law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — California’s bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Oct. 5 signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.” “This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable,” said the…

No dignity, mercy or compassion in assisted suicide

The Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington. The recent suicide of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who took a lethal dose of physician-prescribed drugs in Oregon Nov. 1, offers a time to mourn, not only for a young woman’s death, but also for the way in which an advocacy…