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‘The Right to Die is Somebody Else’s Duty to Kill’
Last edited 27th July 2015

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has strongly re-iterated the Church’s opposition to the legalisation of assisted suicide, saying that “it is a great lie to try and convince people that life lived with serious illness is not worth living.”


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Suicide Prevention Must Include Preventing All Suicides
Last edited 15th July 2015

Australia has one of the highest incidences of youth suicide in the western world. It makes good sense to focus resources in this critical area of prevention. But there's something missing in the public discussion... why the public doesn't share the same concern for preventing elder suicide through euthanasia.


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The Economist Backs Belgian Model of Euthanasia
Last edited 2nd July 2015

The world’s most influential news magazine, The Economist, has a new editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton-Beddoes, its former business affairs editor. One of the very first issues on which she has chosen to campaign is the legalization of euthanasia. This week's cover story is "The right to die: why assisted suicide should be legal". It is illustrated by a snuffed candle with a smoking wick.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide is a ‘Failure of Moral Imagination’, says Los Angeles Archbishop
Last edited 25th June 2015

After the California Senate voted to legalise physician-assisted suicide in the state, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H Gomez called it the wrong response to a “public health crisis”. Archbishop Gomez said: “The compassion that doctor-assisted suicide offers is hollow. And this legislation has dangerous implications for our state, especially for the poor and vulnerable.”


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Euthanasia is NOT a Merciful Act
Last edited 17th June 2015

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not acts of mercy nor should they ever be considered a medical treatment, says internationally-renowned medical ethicist and lawyer, Dr Margaret Somerville.


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Pope: Abortion, Euthanasia & Abandonment of Migrants are 'Attacks Against Humanity'
Last edited 31st May 2015

A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to live up to its responsibility, Pope Francis said.


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Scotland's Assisted Suicide Bill Defeated in Parliament
Last edited 31st May 2015

The controversial Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill was defeated on Wednesday by the Scottish Parliament 82-36 in a free vote in Edinburgh, following rising dissent against the legislation.


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How Do I Explain the Catholic Church's Teaching on Euthanasia? Video with Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Last edited 27th May 2015

The push to legalise euthanasia in Australia has sparked debate on both sides of the argument. Archbishop Mark Coleridge explains the Church's teaching on euthanasia, and how it does not reflect the dignity of the human person.

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Palliative Care -Putting Patients Back in the Driver's Seat
Last edited 16th April 2015

A diagnosis of terminal cancer or other life limiting illness is a distressing experience for anyone, but more recent advances in Palliative and Supportive Care are putting patients back into the driver's seat when it comes to deciding how their treatment will unfold and how they and their family will experience the journey ahead of them. Visit this article by Debra Vermeer for more.

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Facing Eternity
Last edited 15th April 2015

I'm Fr Chris Reay, Parish Priest of Nathalia in northern Victoria. My friend, Fr Rob Galea suggested that I blog a series of short reflections on what it's like to be told "you're terminally ill". This is the first blog.

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