“Young people are frequently discarded because they do not have a job, and the elderly are discarded with the pretense of maintaining a ‘balanced’ economic system”, Pope Francis has deplored, enlisting the help of older people in the fight against this “poisonous throwaway culture”.
“To accompany, to hold the hand of someone who is dying, is something that every faithful must promote as they must promote a culture that opposes assisted suicide”, a Vatican archbishop has declared.
The Bishops of Switzerland have instructed priests and pastoral workers not to be physically present at the moment of an assisted suicide.
The Irish Government has scotched rumours the Vatican could block a new National Maternity Hospital to be built on land owned by a religious congregation over the non-Catholic healthcare, such as abortions, to be provided there.
The Vatican and the Italian Bishops’ Conference have warned of the “spread of the culture of death” after Italy’s Constitutional Court ruled that helping someone to die is not always a crime.
Euthanasia may be appear to be freedom but in fact it is utilitarianism, the reduction of the sick person to a thing, the Pope said.