‘Death’ Category Archives

22
Jun

EUTHANASIA FORUM: (non-)freedom of speech, Victoria-style.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Death, Justice, Media, Politics

Recently a hall at the South Melbourne Catholic parish church was booked by the local state MP, Martin Foley, for a “community forum” about proposed new state laws to legalise euthanasia.
It turned out that the “forum” was to have one only guest speaker, Andrew Denton — a high-profile media celebrity activist whose pro-euthanasia views are well known.
The church asked that equal time be given for a speaker to put the case for not legalising euthanasia.
Mr Foley declined.
The church cancelled the booking for what looked like being less of a forum and more of a propaganda session.
For their trouble, the church has been roasted by The Age and other Fairfax outlets under the headline “Church blocks state MP from holding assisted dying community forum”.

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12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

by Arnold Jago in Death, Ethics, Faith, Health, Modern Church

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)

25
May

MANCHESTER MASSACRE: are we failing to see an elephant-like something?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, crime, Death, Entertainment, Family

Everybody’s talking about the Manchester bomb-blast.
How it’s wrong to kill innocent people.
OK, it’s wrong to kill.
Isn’t it also wrong to ignore Ariana Grande’s non-innocent promiscuous-sex image?
Isn’t it negligence parents letting their offspring attend such exhibitions?
Isn’t a parent’s job helping children grow up – hopefully into God-fearing and rational human beings?

25
Apr

ANZAC: time to reflect??????

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Politics, Prayer, Suffering

ANZAC gives us time to reflect on the futile hideousness of war.
Also on how — human nature being basically good — peace will overcome evil if we try hard to copy the courage of the ANZACS.
Unfortunately, this second reflection isn’t true.
Today’s world has reached a point where wishful thinking can no longer keep us dumbed-down like before.
Meanness, lying, bullying, hatred – these dominate both our personal lives and international geo-politics.
What to do?
There are many options, e.g. pre-emptively blow North Korea apart, teach children gender-inclusiveness, adopt various postures towards Islam, impose sanctions on certain nation-states…?
None of these measures are sufficiently practical.
The most practical thing you and I can do is to pray.
How about an extra hour of praying per day?
No time?
On the contrary, if you don’t do it, I think you won’t have any time at all.
None of us will.
Time, for humans, may well be no more.

22
Apr

EUTHANASIA: who needs it? who decides?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Modern Church

Last week, Victoria’s bishops issued a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria about Euthanasia.
Obviously, they’re against euthanasia.
Why not?
And they remind us that those places where euthanasia has been legalised have subsequently broadened, step by step, the categories of persons eligible to be killed.
For example, in Belgium, euthanasia is now legal for children as well as adults.
In the Netherlands, people aged over 70 who feel “tired of life” are now eligible.
In Belgium, euthanasia may now be legally done on psychological grounds.
The “slippery slope” is not a theoretical thing – it’s a reality, killing off vulnerable persons every day, including today.

28
Mar

IS HELPING PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES OK? killing free speech seems to be OK too.

by Arnold Jago in Death, Ethics, Politics, Suffering

Victoria’s Health Minister, Jill Hennessy, has released a discussion paper on “developing and implementing a legislative framework for voluntary assisted dying”.
We, the public, are allowed to submit feedback (closing date, April 10).
But only certain kinds of feedback.
Her department warns:
“Please note that feedback that expresses an opinion for or against assisted dying will not be considered by the panel.”
So, we’re not permitted to discuss whether it’s right to intentionally make patients dead — only how to intentionally make patients dead.
Aren’t there non-homicidal alternatives — good nursing, fine-tuning of drug dosages, one-to-one spiritual support in facing the lonely truth of the situation?
What a pity not to address them seriously.
Spiritual support comes at a cost.
Money and time costs aren’t the issue — millions of Australian adults can afford, on average, 4 hours a day looking at screens (television, internet etc.)
The issue is whether we care enough.
Are we willing to expend the necessary long-term effort required to provide that spiritual support?