What is the Catholic teaching on Euthinasia and assisted suicide?
I need to know for a project, got any good links or do you know what it is?
What about taking drugs like Morphine that will ease pain but speed up death?
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
As Christians, we believe that human life is a sacred gift from God to be cherished and respected because every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26).
In heeding God’s command, "Thou shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13), we recognize that we cannot end of our lives or the lives of others as we please. We must respect and protect the dignity of human from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
Euthanasia occurs when a doctor or medical staff person administers a lethal dose of medication with the intention of killing the patient.
Assisted suicide occurs when a doctor or medical staff person prescribes a lethal amount of medication with the intent of helping a person commit suicide. The patient then takes the dose or turns the switch.
We also recognize the need for the proper management of pain. Modern medicine provides effective treatments for pain that guarantees that no one will suffer a painful death. No one needs to escape pain by seeking death.
Suicidal wishes among the terminally ill are due to treatable depression similar to that of other suicidal people. If we address their pain, depression and other problems, then there is generally no more talk of suicide.
Repercussions of Assisted Suicide
+ The patient seriously, possibly completely, damages his or her relationship with God.
+ Anyone assisting a suicide gravely endangers his or her spiritual, psychological, and emotional well-being.
+ Corruption of the medical profession: whose ethical code calls on physicians to serve life and never to kill. The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and dozens of other medical groups argue that the power to assist in taking patients’ lives is "a power that most health-care professionals do not want and could not control.”
+ Society will more and more disregards the dignity of human life.
+ Exploitation of the marginalized: The poor, the elderly, minorities, those who lack health insurance would be the first to feel pressure to die.
+ Cost control: Patients with long term or expensive illnesses and considered economic liabilities would be encouraged die.
+ Rebirth of historical prejudices: Many able-bodied people, including some physicians, say they would "rather be dead than disabled." Such prejudices could easily lead families, physicians, and society to encourage death for people who are depressed and emotionally vulnerable as they adjust to life with a serious illness or disability.
Jesus uttered the words of faith that continue to inspire and to guide the Church’s teaching in this mystery of Christian death: "This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again" (John 10:17).
With love in Christ.Source(s): For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 2270 and following: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt3sect2chpt2a... http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0...
- 3 years ago
Ever because i became little I save in ideas listening to and likely watching in video clips, that those who dedicated suicide were no longer buried in sacred floor. (it truly is supposedly genuine) reason I ask is because we are only examining on-line now that a well-known Florida baby-kisser/ ex-Congressman whose family members is amazingly influential has had the tragedy of a son committing suicide the former day. The family members is Catholic. So is mass stated for the more youthful guy? (He shouldn't yet yet you stated influential so wait it out and see how influential? $$) besides the undeniable fact that the genuine God could be saddened on the loss. existence is the adventure.
- Mommy_to_sevenLv 51 decade ago
The Chruch teaches it is wrong to deliberately hasten someone's death through action or inaction.
Giving morphine to ease legitimate pain is OK, becasue the purpose is to ease the pain, not to hasten death.
Look up "double effect" on the EWTN website:
- cynicalLv 61 decade ago
The Catholic church is against euthanasia because they believe that is suicide and they condemn suicide as a mortal sin.
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- Nowhere ManLv 61 decade ago
Catholicism teaches that all human life is invaluable, and therefore assisted suicide and euthanasia are considered sins. Catholicism considers them, along with abortion, tantamount to murder.
- 1 decade ago
It is only accepted if the victim is suffering from being Muslim. That's what Bush preaches... people are suffering because Saddam took their freedoms... so let's bomb the mosques and schools.
- NowpowerLv 71 decade ago
Catholics do not condone the killing of humans unless the government orders it. Then it's okay. It's okay to shoot people who wear a different uniform if the government tells you to, such as in war. It's okay to murder people accused of murdering people without permission. It's okay to murder people who believe differently than you as long as you have the permission of the government.Source(s): 12 years studying Catholicism.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
WHAT? the church? preaching ' death', never!