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

Jun 12th, 2017 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)

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  • Thanks for the comment, Joan. As I understand it, the Church has always taught that belief should be based on reason. No doubt there are plenty of examples where emotional feelings have interfered with coherent thought. That’s human nature and something one has to watch out for. Jesus Christ taught that we should love God with our heart, soul, mind and strength. Basic to the other three is using our mind. The Catholic religion insists that by reason alone we can know three basics: (1) that God exists, (2) that the soul is immortal, (3) that there is a Natural Moral Law. How God has or has not revealed himself is a separate question and that does take us beyond reason.

  • That is an interesting point of view, especially since the Catholic doctrine is not based on reason but first and foremost on belief – which is entirely emotional.