English Corner

Life is a gift, euthanasia a failure

Note from the Spanish Episcopal Conference to the approval of eutanasia law from the parliament

1.- The Parliament is about to complete the adoption of the Organic Law on the Regulation of Euthanasia. The processing has been carried out in a suspiciously accelerated manner, in pandemic time and alarm status, without listening or public dialogue. The fact is particularly serious, as it establishes a moral rupture; a change in the ends of the State: from defending life to being responsible for the death violated; and also of the medical profession, “called as far as possible to heal or at least to alleviate, in any case to comfort, and never to intentionally provoke death”. It is a proposal that matches the anthropological and cultural vision of the dominant power systems in the world.

2.- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the express approval of Pope Francis published the letter Samaritanus bonus on the care of people in the critical and terminal phases of life. This text illuminates reflection and moral judgment on such legislation. Also the Spanish Episcopal Conference, with the document Sowers of Hope. Welcoming, protecting and accompanying in the final stage of this life offers clarifying guidelines on the issue.

3.- We urge the promotion of palliative care, which help to live the serious illness without pain and to the integral accompaniment, therefore also spiritual, to the sick and to their families. This comprehensive care relieves pain, comforts and offers the hope that arises from faith and gives meaning to all human life, including suffering and vulnerability.

4.- The pandemic has highlighted the fragility of life and raised concerns for care, while outrage at discarding the care of the elderly. Awareness has grown that ending life cannot be the solution to addressing a human problem. We have appreciated the work of health workers and the value of our public health, even calling for their improvement and greater budgetary attention. Then death caused cannot be a shortcut that allows us to save human and economic resources in palliative care and comprehensive accompaniment. On the contrary, in the face of death as a solution, we must invest in the care and closeness that we all need in the final stage of this life.

This is true compassion.

5.- The experience of the few countries where it has been legalized tells us that euthanasia incites the weakest to death. By granting this supposed right, the person, who is taken as a burden to the family and a social weight, feels conditioned to ask for death when a law presses it in that direction.

Lack of palliative care is also an expression of social inequality. Many people die without being able to receive these cares and only have them those who can afford them.

6.- With the Pope we say: “Euthanasia and assisted suicide are a defeat for all. The answer to which we are called is never to abandon those who suffer, never give up, but to care for and love to give hope.” We invite you to respond to this call with prayer, care, and public testimony that favor a personal and institutional commitment to life, care, and a genuine good death in company and hope.

7.- We ask those who have responsibility for making these serious decisions to act in conscience, according to truth and justice.

8.- For this reason, we call on Spanish Catholics to a Day of Fasting and Prayer next Wednesday, December 16, to ask the Lord to inspire laws that respect and promote the care of human life. We invite as many people and institutions as they want to join this initiative.

We welcome St. Mary, Mother of the Life and Health of the Sick and the Intercession of St. Joseph, patron saint of good death, in her Jubilee year.

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1st Sunday of the Month: Thanksgiving mass, prayer for those who were born on the same month. And second collection for children.

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2nd Sunday of the month: blessing of pregnant women, those who are looking for the fruit of the womb, and children, second collection for Caritas; CWO and CMO meetings after mass.

3rd Sunday: Altar boys meeting before mass. Executive ordinary meeting after mass.        

Last Sunday of the month: children mass.