Will our Catholic hospitals be forced to start killing their patients through the government “euthanasia” program? I recently read a news article which made the case for three Toronto Catholic health care institutions to do so.
Currently in Ontario, Catholic hospitals aren’t forced to provide assisted suicide and kill their patients on premise. However these Catholic institutions are required transfer patients to facilities willing to do so if a patient requests assisted suicide.
A group inappropriately titled “Dying with Dignity Canada” has suggested it might challenge the status quo arguing that since these Catholic hospitals receive public funds, then they ought to be required to provide assisted suicide.
A hospital killing its patients? A CATHOLIC hospital carrying out this immoral deed? Has the world gone mad? Of course it has. I should know better than to ask myself questions to which I know the answer.
The Catholic hospitals in Toronto were founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph who took upon themselves the important task of caring for the infirmed. Like St. Joseph who took care of Our Lady and Jesus, the Sisters were taking the patients in and caring for them- not killing them.
These fine health establishments need to stand up to any effort which would go against the moral backbone and religious freedom of these hospitals. What more? Catholics need to stand up and defend our institutions. We must defend, promote, and preserve the Catholicity of our hospitals. Stripping our Catholicism from healthcare will lead to more pain, more suffering, and surely more death. After all, killing patients isn’t caring for them.
If we truly want to evangelize the world with love, then let’s not wave the white flag to organizations and governments hell-bent on eradicating Christianity from the public square. Let’s use our Catholic voice and speak the truth.
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