Euthanasia against Catholic Church principles

IN CONFLICT: Maroochydore’s Stella Maris Catholic Church priest Father Joe Duffy.
IN CONFLICT: Maroochydore’s Stella Maris Catholic Church priest Father Joe Duffy. Kristy Muir

CATHOLIC Dean Father Joe Duffy says his church's essential base in the culture of life would always be in conflict with euthanasia.

Father Duffy said there would always be conflict between the culture of life and the culture of death.

He said there was a clear distinction between trying to enable someone to be comfortable while nature took its course, and allowing us to become the authors of the time and place of someone else's death.

"That will always evoke a range of thoughts," he said.

"The couple who took their lives didn't need legislative change to do what they did.

"That the legal framework doesn't encourage that is worth considering."

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Father Duffy, who attended two funeral services yesterday acknowledged that we now lived in a world where people were sympathetic with others who chose the path taken by Terry and Jenny Law last week.

"The church always believed that quality of life needs to be maintained," he said.

"The fifth commandment states, 'thou shalt not kill'.

"If the interpretation of that is God is the author of life and that we are its custodians it's because of that the church's position on euthanasia remains unchanged.

"People dying are entitled to be free of pain. There is a thin line. If the intention is to relieve pain that is a good intention even if it could lead to termination of life. It's another thing to determine to take a life."

Father Duffy said palliative care organisations like Cintamani did an excellent job in helping the terminally ill to be comfortable while nature took its course.

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