Caring and Preparing
For End of Life
The CHurch's Teaching
Because all life is sacred, Catholic teaching holds that assisted suicide can never be permitted. Euthanasia and assisted suicide stand in contradiction to the Catholic understanding that all life bears God’s image and has inherent dignity.
“A population that does not take care of the elderly and of the children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.”
Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
Statement by Bishop Barnes in response to the “Aid in Dying ” Law that took effect on June 9, 2016:
“It is a sad reflection on our unwillingness as a society to embrace our dying and those who suffer. We seem to have lost a sense of accompaniment when it comes to those members of our families and communities who are making their final journey to God. So as disappointing as it is now we are reminded that our efforts on behalf of Live, in the eyes of God were never a waste of time.”