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Old 10th September 2009, 11:43 AM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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41 priests sign letter in support of euthanasia

"It has now been revealed, however, that in August, the Vatican's doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, (CDF) sent a letter to diocesan bishops and provincial superiors of religious orders asking the bishops to "summon the priests" who signed the letter and "to call them to order and possibly punish them" for their public support for euthanasia."

The letter signed by the priests sought to legalize withdrawal of food and water as a means to kill someone. Under Catholic teaching, such a withdrawal or omission of any type of ordinary and necessary care, when that withdrawal would result in death, is a type of murder, specifically euthanasia by omission.

Here is an example of murder by omission:

This does not even quality as euthanasia, since the intention was not to relieve suffering, but to follow a set of rules (??!!!). Although a baby born at 21/22 weeks is very unlikely to survive, the type of care given to a premature newborn is ordinary and necessary. The mere fact that a treatment has only a small chance of success does not necessarily make that treatment immoral or extraordinary.

Again, this is a case of murder by omission, specifically infanticide, not unlike the infanticide practiced by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
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Old 10th September 2009, 02:23 PM
garabandalg garabandalg is offline
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Default Just a thought....

I believe that much sin is brought about by trying to justify actions with numbers, percents, and statistics rather than merely by the amount of love and charity involved in the action.
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