Canadian bishops speak out against euthanasia

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Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton.

Bishops in Canada issued a pastoral letter calling for a vehement opposition to euthanasia. The bishops urged Canadians to rid their country of this grave evil through political pressure. The Catechism of the Catholic Church strictly forbids co-operation in such procedures at all times.

Current Canadian law allows for euthanasia for persons over 18 years of age, able to make their own decisions and “in grievous and irremediable medical condition.” The current Trudeau government is expanding the law to allow for people under 18, people in good health as well as those who are suffering from psychiatric conditions to ask for euthanasia. 6,700 people in Canada have died as a result of euthanasia since its introduction in 2016.

Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton commented that “it had always been up until now a rock-solid conviction that medicine is dedicated to the preservation of life and to doing no harm. Well, now we have … medicine being used actually prematurely to end life, which turns the medical profession on its head.”