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7 Responses to "The Right to Really Die"
  1. Hi Abouna, I’m curious. What are the church’s thoughts on patients who are brain dead but are kept alive via life support technology?

  2. Dear Andrew, in the case of brain death and complete reliance on life support, the Church would accept the removal of those instruments as a way to honor the patient and be merciful to the family. But that is nothing like euthanasia.

  3. Oh ok thanks! Sorry for complicating things. I was also wondering what the church’s thoughts are on patients who refuse treatment or life saving procedures. I’m sure it’s kosher but just thought I should ask since your here haha

  4. No worries, Andrew! I’m happy with your questions.

    The Church would not agree with patients who refuse treatment or lifesaving procedures for essentially the same reasons outlined in my blog post. Refusing treatment is essentially take your life and death into your own hands.

    Also, in the Holy Scripture, we learn about the proper relationship between the sick person and the physician. In the Wisdom of Jesus, the Son of Sirach, one of the deuterocanonical books of the Scripture, we read the following:

    “Honour a physician with the honour due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. For of the most High cometh healing, and he shall receive honour of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head: and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them… And he hath given men skill, that he might be honoured in his marvellous works. With such doth he heal men,and taketh away their pains. Of such doth the apothecary make a confection; and of his works there is no end; and from him is peace over all the earth” (Sir 38:1–8).

    Notice the commandments to use the physician for all of the uses we have of him and to not abhor the medicines out of the earth that God has provided for us.

    A person who willingly and consciously refuses lifesaving medical treatment essentially rejects this gift of God, and ultimately, the gift of life itself.

    For this reason, the Church would not agree with patients who refuse lifesaving medical treatment.

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