A Recycled Blog Post

On this feast of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne, I’d like to recycle the blog post you will find here. This week will see the second reading of Lord Falconer’s Bill on Assisted Dying, and I think we need the kind of clarity of vision, firmness of purpose and, above all, the fidelity displayed by the Carmelite nuns in the face of Robespierre’s Terror. Many who have argued in favour of the bill do not seem to have read through its clauses or thought about its implications. Some of those who have argued against the bill seem not to have grasped the reality of others’ fears. May the Holy Spirit enlighten the peers today.


3 thoughts on “A Recycled Blog Post”

  1. This sparked lots of discussion but few seemed to listen to the views of other at all. All sides seemed to claim a monopoly on compassion and care for the life of each individual. I wish all the time and energy spent on the issue would be diverted into ensuring that every individual was guaranteed high quality end of life care. Provided properly with pain reduced to a minimum and dignity maintained, the fear that prompts the call for killing of patients would be diminished. It can not be a fear of dying – the proposal is after all to hasten this! Nobody wants to see people suffer – if resources and modern medicine were used to the full, people could, perhaps, face what is certainly a challenging time with more confidence. I pray that we exhaust all other options before sleepwalking into a culture/society even more comfortable with death as a solution to difficult problems.

    • I agree with you, Joseph. The correct medication in the correct dosage, administered at the right time makes a huge difference in the last stages of a terminal illness. Ultimately, all our lives are terminal and in my country, Canada, the same debate and legislation looms cloaked in the deceptive “Death With Dignity” catch phrase. There is no dignity in involving a health care professional in the complicity of murder, nor is there dignity in failing to provide adequate palliative and hospice care, reducing patients to begging for death. Compassionate care should be a basic human right. Just as we view the death penalty as barbarous, so should we view “assisted suicide” and “euthanasia” as a gross failure by our societies. In my opinion, and that of my husband, this downward spiral began years ago with widespread legalized abortion and today we see the end result in a total failure of respect for life. Orphanages emptied with the former, nursing homes, hospice and long term care facilities will similarly empty if end of life killing becomes an acceptable norm. – Jean

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