Pope Francis: Let’s be clear – assisted suicide is 'false compassion' [CNA]


http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Pope_Francis_prepares_to_greet_Queen_Elizabeth_II_at_the_Vatican_April_3_2014_Credit_Daniel_Ibez_CNA_CNA_4_3_14.jpgVatican City, Jun 10, 2016 / 02:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Physician-assisted suicide is part of a “throwaway culture” that offers a “false compassion” and treats a human person as a problem, Pope Francis told medical leaders on Thursday.

“True compassion does not marginalize anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude – much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing,” the Pope said. He criticized “those who hide behind an alleged compassion to justify and approve the death of a patient.”

“You are well aware of the meaning of the triumph of selfishness, of this ‘throwaway culture’ that rejects and dismisses those who do not comply with certain canons of health, beauty and utility,” he said.

The Pope addressed the managers of the Medical Orders of Spain and Latin America in the Apostolic Palace on June 9.

According to Vatican Radio’s translation, he described compassion as “the just response to the immense value of the sick person.” This response is composed of respect, understanding and tenderness “so that the sacred value of the life of the patient does not disappear or become obscured, but instead shines with greater splendor precisely in suffering and helplessness.”

Compassion is a necessary part of the medical profession, Pope Francis stressed.

“The doctor’s identity and commitment depends not only on scientific knowledge and technical competence, but principally on the attitude of compassion and mercy towards those who suffer in body and spirit. Compassion does not mean pity, it means ‘suffering with’,” he said.

Technological and individualistic culture does not always consider compassion well, he said. It even disdains it and regards it as humiliation.

“Frailty, pain and infirmity are a difficult trial for everyone, including medical staff. They call for patience, for ‘suffering-with.’ Therefore, we must not give in to the functionalist temptation to apply rapid and drastic solutions, moved by false compassion or by mere criteria of efficiency or cost-effectiveness,” he added.

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Very well said. At a time when many countries have accepted, or are considering, the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, we need this message more than ever. :thumbsup:


Nicely said Holy Father! This issue may not go away soon.


Many times over the years, I have heard people who want something that is wrong asking for compassion. Can a doctor who is meant to heal terminate the life of a patient? I worked at a hospital for nearly 10 years. I watched a group of doctors trying to save a young lady who was dying. They couldn’t. I was there.

Life is life. There are many ways to manage pain. Talk to your doctor.





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