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  • » 07/24/2015, 00.00

    VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN

    For the pope, euthanasia is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”



    In his message to the Catholic Church in England and Wales for this year’s Day for Life, centred on the theme of ‘Cherishing Life and Accepting Death,’ Pope Francis said that “There is nothing progressive about solving problems by eliminating a human life." For him, “considering having a baby as a right is not a scientific achievement when the child should instead be welcomed as a gift; nor is it right to use humans as laboratory rats in order to save ostensibly others.”

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) – The Catholic Church in England and Wales this Sunday will celebrate the 2015 Day for Life, focusing on the theme of ‘Cherishing Life and Accepting Death’. In his message for the occasion, Pope Francis said that euthanasia is “phoney compassion;” instead, he stressed the need to “take care of people, especially when they are suffering, frail and helpless."

    For the pontiff, “There is nothing progressive about solving problems by eliminating a human life." That is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”

    In expressing his support, the Holy Father described the day as a “significant” moment that fits with a campaign undertaken by the bishops of England and Wales ahead of a debate on assisted suicide in the House of Commons on 11 September. On that day, British lawmakers will start to discuss the Assisted Dying Bill, which would give terminally ill adults the right seek to medical assistance to terminate their life.

    Pope Francis has often spoke out against the "covert euthanasia" of many elderly and weak people. "Every senior, even if sick or at the end of his or her days, bears Christ’s face," he said. Human life is always "inviolable" for "there is no life qualitatively more significant than another." There is no life to be discarded.

    "The conventional wisdom sometimes offers some phoney compassion" whereby "euthanasia is considered as an act of dignity". In reality, for the pope, we must "take care of people, especially when they are suffering, frail and helpless."

    The Church’ preferential option for those at the bottom includes “those that society discards and throws away at,” Francis said. Among the weak are “unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent, who nowadays are denied their human dignity, and treated as disposable, whose life can be taken, on the basis of legislation that allow this to happen.”

    "There is nothing progressive about solving problems by eliminating a human life." That is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”

    “Considering having a baby as a right is not a scientific achievement when the child should instead be welcomed as a gift; nor is it right to use humans as laboratory rats in order to save ostensibly others.”

    Instead, “Faithfulness to the Gospel of life sometimes requires courageous and non-conformist choices that, in particular circumstances, may lead to conscientious objection."

    For the pope, this is not "a religious problem", as some people may think, but "a scientific problem, because it involves a human life." It is not a question about modernity, because "in ancient and modern thought, the word killing meant the same thing."

    "The degree of progress of a civilisation is measured by its ability to protect life, especially in its earliest and most fragile stages" and to fight against attacks on life in all its aspects. This is the case for “The scourge of abortion,” which “is an attempt on life.”

    Likewise, “Letting our brothers and sisters die on the boats in the Strait of Sicily is an attempt on the life. Dying on the job because work safety standards are not respected is an attempt on the life. Dying from malnutrition is an attempt on the life. Terrorism, war, violence, but also euthanasia are attempts on the life.”

    “Loving life always entails taking care of others, seeking their welfare, and respecting their transcendental dignity."

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