I want to know what is the Church’s teaching on the use of hunger strikes.
I’ve been thinking about he possibility of engaging in a hunger strike in response to any anti-Catholic actions that could come from our government. I commented on a thread about the HHS mandate going to the Supreme Court about this here: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?p=13423098#post13423098
I was born in this country. This is my county. And, I really cannot envision living in this country if my faith loses its religious freedom. My ancestors fought and died against Oliver Cromwell. If the Catholic Church cannot be free in the land of the free and the home of the brave, then what’s the point? Where can we have freedom?
Rather than go into exile somewhere, I think I would prefer to make my stand against such an action through a hunger strike. What is the Church’s teaching regarding hunger strikes?
I was able to find only one other thread on this, and no clear answer was given. Both sides were presented with some Catholics feeling that hunger striking was no suicide and was a legitimate form of political protest, with other posters suggesting that it was ultimately suicide regardless of the surrounding political circumstances.
If this comes to pass, and it is permissible in Church Law then I’m going to go ahead and do this. I firmly believe that it would be quite successful in overturning such a decision and galvanizing the religious right and the majority of the nation in standing up for our religious liberty.
Anyways, so what is the theology of it all though? Is it a valid action in the eyes of the Church?