10.12.08

Luxembourg Bishops on Euthanasia

Last week I published an article on the last truly Catholic reigning male monarch in all of Europe, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Today I found this article of Fr Tim Finigan, at The Hermeneutic of Continuity

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.

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

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