‘Path to self-destruction’: Catholic bishop blasts bills on physician-assisted suicides in New York

‘Path to self-destruction’: Catholic bishop blasts bills on physician-assisted suicides in New York

Rev. Salvatore R. Matano says, ‘The precious life of the new-born child is the same precious life of the old and the frail, the weak and the suffering, the ill and the infirm, the distraught and the sorrowful.’

[Where are the rest of the New York State Catholic bishops on this matter – especially Cardinal Tiny Tim?]

Jonah Hicap
22 May 2016
www.christiantoday.com/article/path.to.self.destruction.catholic.bishop.blasts.bills.on.physician.assisted.suicides.in.new.york/86529.htm

A Catholic bishop in New York has denounced bills in the state legislature that would legalise physician-assisted suicides, saying these could lead to a “path of self-destruction.”

In a statement picked up by ChurchMillitant, Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, noted that two such bills are pending with the New York State Legislature—the End-of-Life Options Act, or S.3685/A.2129-A, and the Patient Self-Determination Act, or S.5814/A.5261-B).

He emphasised that all lives are precious.

“The precious life of the new-born child is the same precious life of the old and the frail, the weak and the suffering, the ill and the infirm, the distraught and the sorrowful,” he said.

He warned that “when we subjectively determine when life begins and ends, when it is viable or not, or when it is too burdensome to endure, we begin a path toward self-destruction.”

The bills, he said, treat life as just a commodity in the business of living.

“The value of persons who are gravely ill and/or at the end of their lives is currently being questioned and their very lives threatened by a growing movement in our society to end life prematurely,” Matano said.

S. 3685 would allow a terminally ill adult in New York to request a prescription for aid-in-dying medication. The bill protects physicians from any civil or criminal liability and professional disciplinary action resulting from the death of a patient who took such medication.

S. 5814 also has a similar intent. Here, a terminally ill adult in the state may write a request for consent to self-administer medication to end his life.

Dr. Herbert Hendin, CEO and medical director of Suicide Prevention Initiatives in New York City, urged lawmakers to reject any proposal to legalise doctor-assisted suicide and focus instead on accessible quality end-of-life care.

According to Dr. Michael Brescia, executive medical director of Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, a specialty hospital serving advanced cancer patients, there are advances in pain medicine.

“Clearly, then, the rejection of physician-assisted suicide is not solely a Catholic position, it is a human rights imperative,” Matano said, saying the Catholic Church is the defender of life.

He said instead of euthanasia bills, what is needed is support for health care measures that will relieve suffering so that terminally ill patients will feel the love and concern of the people around them.

“I urge New York State lawmakers to reject the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide, for it will inevitably put tremendous pressure on our most vulnerable citizens to end their lives,” Matano said.

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3 comments on “‘Path to self-destruction’: Catholic bishop blasts bills on physician-assisted suicides in New York

  1. In the early 70s State Senator James Griffin, who became later on one of the feistiest, most beloved and memorable mayors in the history of Buffalo, NY, led the fight to prevent abortion being legalized in the NY State Senate.

    Years later he publicly spoke about the NYS bishops “sitting on their hands” at the very moment their voices would have helped the state from following in the evil path established by Ronald Reagan, who signed California’s bill allowing abortion, the first state to legalize it.

    Nothing, literally nothing, save for the outspokenness of the now deceased Cd. O’Connor and one lone bishop of one other region in the NYC area, has ever broken that horrific record.

    Yes, within their dioceses, some individual ordinaries did, to their credit, help Catholics who protested at abortion mills (I know because I was involved) but the collective voice of the majority of NY bishops amounted to…. crickets.

  2. Tom says:

    Where are the rest of the New York State Catholic bishops on this matter – especially Cardinal Tiny Tim?

    Cardinal Dolan Joins Protesters Demanding Collective Bargaining Rights for New York Farm Workers

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    By NY1 News
    Saturday, May 21, 2016
    www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/05/21/cardinal-dolan-joins-protesters-demanding-collective-bargaining-rights-for-new-york-farm-workers.html

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan joined hundreds in a march through the city to demand collective bargaining rights for farm workers Saturday.

    Demonstrators rallied at City Hall and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the “March for Farmworker Justice.”

    They’re calling on state lawmakers to pass the Farmworker’s Fair Labor Practices Act.

    The bill asks for equal labor rights for the largely immigrant workforce that harvests crops.

    Participants say farm laborers should get the same protections guaranteed to other workers in the state.

    “This is about a sense of welcome and inclusion and embracing and this is American,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “This is about as apple pie as you can get. By the way, we couldn’t get the apple pie if these guys weren’t picking the apples, alright? This is American. This is for me very Catholic. This is for me very Biblical”

    “There are over 100,000 farmworkers that don’t get the rights and privileges that any other worker gets in the State of New York,” said state Senator Adriano Espaillat, who represents Manhattan. “I sponsor a bill that will grant them overtime pay, a day’s rest and the right to collectively bargain as well as to improve the condition of the farm they work in.”

    The march started in Long Island last Sunday. It ends in Albany on June 1

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