Anglican Speaks Up for Mercy Killing


Advisor to Archbishop says mercy killing may be OK -16/01/05
A senior adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that there is a ‘very strong compassionate case’ for mercy killing, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

Canon Robin Gill, a professor of modern theology at the University of Kent, insisted that people who help terminally ill relatives who are in great pain to end their lives should not be prosecuted, the newspaper has said.

The report comes after a retired policeman who killed his terminally ill wife received a nine months’ sentence suspended for two years, with a supervision order, at the Old Bailey on Friday.

The reporting by the newspaper may however be treated with caution, following the newspaper’s false claim two weeks ago that the tsunami disaster had made the Archbishop doubt whether God existed…’

The newspaper is now suggesting that Canon Robin Gill outlined what he felt was a ‘very strong compassionate case’ for mercy killing, by pointing to the case of Diane Pretty, who was terminally ill with motor neurone disease and fought a high-profile but unsuccessful campaign for the right to be helped to die.

Prof Gill reportedly said; “There is a very strong compassionate case for voluntary euthanasia. In certain cases, such as that which involved Diane Pretty, there is an overwhelming case for it.”

Last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, sent Prof Gill to a parliamentary committee concerning Lord Joffe’s private member’s Bill on assisted dying for the terminally ill, the paper reports.

Prof Gill is quoted as saying: “I don’t know what the Archbishop thinks about this issue but I believe that people should not be prosecuted when they help someone die in this country, nor should they be prosecuted if they travel abroad to help family members die in countries with different laws.”

The Archbishop is however has been a member and supporter of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) a pro-life group which actively campaigns against moves to legalise euthanasia.

The comments were welcomed by groups campaigning for a change in the law on euthanasia reports the newspaper, who saw them as evidence that the Church of England was softening its attitude towards euthanasia.

“The archbishop’s choice of Prof Gill represents a willingness to enter into a more constructive dialogue than before about this important issue. We hope that it will encourage other members of the clergy to speak out in support,” said Deborah Annetts, the chief executive of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

Anglican bishops agreed that withholding excessive medical treatment when there is no “reasonable prospect of recovery was consistent with Christian principals” at the 1998 Lambeth conference.


Christianity owes a lot to the Anglicans / Episcopalians:

Approval and advocacy of contraception (and all Protestant churches followed)

Approval and advocacy of killing the unborn (and many Protestant churches followed)

Ordination of women priestesses (and many Protestant church ordain women)

Approval of homosexual clergy of both genders, with their same-sex lovers living in the rectory at parishoners’ expense

Approval of homosexual bishops, with their same-sex lovers living in the rectory at parishoners’ expense

Same-sex “marriage” ceremonies at the altar

Advocacy for legal same-sex marriages

And now, mercy killing?

Have I forgotten any other “benefits” they have brought to us?

What’s next?



[quote=Katholikos] Same-sex “marriage” ceremonies at the altar


I think you are wrong on this one, it is even worse than you state.

At the last general conference of the Episcopal Church in the USA where they confirmed the appointment of the gay bishop they passed a measure to allow a bishop to develop a rite of blessing of sex outside of marriage.

So it is worse than just having same-sex “marriages”. It is a rite that blesses any sex outside of marriage by a couple.

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