Vatican strongly condemns euthanasia, calling it an 'act of homicide'

罗马 Vatican has condemned euthanasia in its strongest language yet, 称它为 “act of homicidethat can never be justified, in a document issued Tuesday.

The 17-page document, published by the Vatican’s doctrinal office and titledThe Good Samaritan,” reaffirms the Catholic Church’s prohibitions on euthanasia and assisted suicidejust as some traditionally Catholic countries are considering laws to legalize them.
In the document, euthanasia is described as acrime against human life,” 和 “intrinsically evil act in every situation and circumstance.
Its authors say those who approve laws in favor of euthanasia and assisted suicide areaccomplices of a grave sin that others will execute.
    Euthanasia involves a physician administering a drug to end the life of a patient, who is suffering, while assisted suicide allows the patient to administer his or her own lethal drug, usually with a doctor’s supervision.
    Some form of assistance with dying is currently legal in nine US states and Washington DC, and euthanasia is legal in three European countries: The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Spain and Portugal, traditionally Catholic countries, are currently considering laws that would make euthanasia legal.
    The Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide as a violation of divine law, and leading figures have consistently spoken out against the practice.
    There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia,” Pope Benedict wrote 在 2004 when he was still a cardinal.
      方济各 — who succeeded Pope Benedict in 2013 — has previously condemned assisted suicide and euthanasia and asked doctors toreject the temptationto facilitate the procedures.
      Tuesday’s release ofThe Good Samaritanencourages health care workers and families to accompany a terminally ill patient in his/her suffering and blames a culture which valuesautonomy and individualismover community for allowing and assisting terminally ill patients to end their lives. To participate in euthanasia, the document says, “is to take the place of God in deciding the moment of death.


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