I was wondering what the Church’s position was as to what is considered extrordinary means of maintaining a person’s life and what is deemed acceptable. Is a feeding tube considered extraordinary? What about breathing tubes or I.V’s for fluids only? This is a very confusing issue and I would like to know how to follow church teaching in this matter.
The Church’s position as to what is considered extrordinary means of maintaining a person’s life is explained at the following sites:
Recent statement from Pope John Paul II on Care for the Sick: Nutrition/hydration for ill/aged:
Euthanasia and Extraordinary Care Part 1:
Euthanasia and Extraordinary Care Part 2:
National Catholic Bioethics Center