Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Euthanasia Fight in Canada

Friends of ours have involved themselves in a fight to protect the vulnerable in Canada with a manifesto issued from McGill University.
“It is critical for our society to conclude this debate with an unequivocal renunciation of euthanasia,” said Dr. Gerald Batist, chair of the department of oncology in McGill’s faculty of medicine. “As a cancer doctor who works with chronically ill and terminal patients frequently, my goal is to find the best way to help them live their lives. The solution is enhancing resources, not giving up on people,” he added.
Also, Dr. Marc Beauchamp publicly denounced the lie that was being circulated in Quebec that 75% of physicians supported assisted suicide, when in fact only 23% had returned the survey.

I am impressed by this effort among friends as a beautiful example of the "charity in truth" that the Pope keeps insisting on, which seeks the good of the person in view of the truth of their destiny.
Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.

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