Sunday, 7 December 2008

Luxembourg Bishops on Euthanasia

the Catholic Bishops in Luxembourg have issued a statement (in German) on Euthanasia (see Nehmt den Menschen die Hoffnung nicht! - rtf)

They point out that life is always a precious gift and not in our hands to dispose of, and call for improvement in palliative care. They quote Pope Benedict in Spe Salvi (38):
The true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society. A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through “com-passion” is a cruel and inhuman society.
the Luxembourg Bishops point out that those who permit killing on demand cross an important line, weakening the essential foundations of the human community.
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