Bishop’s Letter on Assisted Suicide

On Friday February 6th, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the law prohibiting Doctor assisted suicide is to restrictive and contrary to human rights.    Below is an except of the response from Bishop Paul Andre Derocher, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops:

 

Helping someone commit suicide, however, is neither an act of justice or mercy, nor is it part of palliative care. The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada today does not change Catholic teaching. “[A]n act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, our Creator.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2277).

 

Please read the entire letter here.