Assisted Dying- Can You Be Bothered?
Mgr Keith Newton, head of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, has also issued the following statement:
The Assisted Dying Bill
The Assisted Dying Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Friday 18 July. If it became law it would make incitement to suicide routine in our society, thereby putting pressure on the most vulnerable to see themselves as a burden to society. The Church’s teaching is clear: that human life, from conception to natural death, is a gift from God. Christ calls us to offer those facing serious illness care and hope, not despair and killing. The emergence of the hospice movement, which has enabled great progress in palliative care, is one of the fruits of this Christian calling common to Catholics, Anglicans and other Christians. The Assisted Dying Bill is a rejection of this Christian inheritance, and instead promotes what Pope St John Paul II called a ‘culture of death’.It is good to see all the religious leaders of our country come together to condemn this. Ruth Dudley Edwards makes the essential point in The Telegraph:
Information on lobbying Peers can be found here:
This conflict against the culture of death is first of all a spiritual one, and therefore I invite members of the Ordinariate and others to dedicate some time today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) to pray - if possible before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament - for the upholding of the sanctity of human life.
The sentimentalists, the populists and the lazy-minded are in the ascendant, with showmen like Archbishops Carey and Tutu taking up populist positions. Whatever your views on assisted suicide, surely as a society we need to engage properly with the issue, before we go down a dangerous and irreversible path because we couldn’t be bothered to think about it properly?With this in mind, have a read of Greg's blog below and then pray, and lobby!