Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Notes: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"James Bond the MI6 killer was just artistic licence"

That article made me think of the assassination attempts which Reginald Pole parried while living in Italy.

Mr. Hildebrand on euthanasia


If people genuinely want to die it is almost impossible to stop them. And once they are in any form of palliative care they are often effectively euthanased anyway via the administration of painkillers. Doctors know that there are already plenty of informal avenues for achieving a peaceful and humane death and they use these everyday.

And there’s a reason why they should stay informal: Because more important than any individual’s ``right to die’’ is the right of all of us to be free from any pressure to die - and by that I mean the slightest, tiniest, most minuscule suggestion that the world or their loved ones might get along easier without them.

If you legalise euthanasia, if you institutionalise the concept that people should be weighing up the pros and cons of their own existence, that pressure is inevitably going to follow.

People battling vicious diseases or just the onset of time may start to feel selfish for doing so, when in fact the will to live is the most fundamental and decent desire within all of us. It drives our quest for peace, for democracy and for progress.

If my grandmother or anyone like her felt guilty for living because of a new law passed in her own country, it would be a country that had betrayed its weak and muffled the divine spark in each of its citizens.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Thomas of Villanova, Bishop, Confessor, and of St. Maurice and Companions, A.D. 2010

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