The following comes from an October 5 California Catholic Conference release:
The Bishops of California have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:
“The physician-assisted suicide legislation (ABx2-15) signed today by Governor Brown makes it legal to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill patients to take their own life. This law stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.
“Pope Francis has warned us about our “throw away culture.” Have we become so callous in protecting the sacredness of life that we easily approve of a physician handing over a lethal dose of drugs to someone to end their life at their most vulnerable moment when they most need to be cared for with love and attention?
“We are particularly disappointed that the very real concerns and risks posed to our brothers and sisters in vulnerable communities of the disabled and elderly have been consistently ignored by our state’s elected officials. In a health care system grappling with constantly escalating costs, the elderly and disabled are in great peril now that assisted suicide has become legal. Application of such a law elsewhere shows that the option to offer the low-cost alternative of lethal drugs instead of proper medical care is a temptation not long resisted.
“For vulnerable people, this isn’t compassion. There’s nothing in this law that supports or promotes the common good. This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable. If anything, this bill says just the opposite and only serves to increase their emotional burden. And it facilitates subtle but potent pressures on the elderly and the disabled to end their lives rather than become a financial or emotional burden on their children.
Time to excommunicate this man, amongst other so called ‘Catholic’ politicians!!
And it must be done publically as Brown as the others that are so called ‘Catholic’ politicians are SO PUBLIC about their viewpoint. And as far as Congress goes, they introduce pro death bills besides voting and promulgating them and they should be excommunicated publically too.
And where were you before this vote took place? I bet you could count on your two hands the number of parishes that spoke up about the issue from the pulpit or even placed it in their bulletin!!!
It’s finde trying to do things ‘behind the scenes’ as I know the Conference does, but we need our Bishops/Priests to be our Shepherds and inform us and lead…
I dare not criticize a priest or a bishop. In doing so, I am defying God’s authority. Jesus, I trust in you and I pray for your shepherds as the Queen of Peace has requested over and over and over again in Medjugorjef and throughout the world. Let’s try it. Shall we?
Asking why is not criticism.
Jerry Brown who calls himself a Catholic is in fact a heretic spreading false teaching by passing this law. Those who are not strong in their faith may be confused by his claim that he is a Catholic and struggles with his fellings. He is a heretic, make no mistake of this. Suicide is a sin. Man has no right to legislate what God has already said no to. So, the signature of Jerry Brown is void and null to those who are Gods children.
Without charity, there is no peace.
True! Where is the charity towards those who are devout in Faith and hold to the authentic tenets of the Church?
After more than 40 years of physician killing of unborn humans, now we have physician killing born humans. Where have the bishops really been? Cozy with the Left and Jerry Brown. Their protest rings hollow. They talk the talk, but never really walk the walk. Pathetic men.
The only pathetic in this comment is your utter disregard for the shepherds. Pray for our priests Pray for our bishops. Stop pointing fingers and get down on your knees before the Lord in humble submission to His beloved shepherds.
We shall not submit to the onslaught of the devil or his disciples (who sometimes disguise themselves as soothsayers) within or outside of the Church.
Imagine being a poor little old lady with no children, facing a terminal illness, and lying in a bed in a hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses who are asking you to decide whether to keep running up a medical bill and being a burden to the hospital and society, or whether to allow them to please “give you the fatal dose” and take care of their problem – which is you. We are asking doctors and other medical personnel to kill people here, folks! There will indeed be pressure upon the elderly to get out of the way. Someone like this would have no defenses against the pressure to get off the planet. This policy will help slow down progress in treating possibly life-threatening illnesses also.
And so, it is now time for us to form loving posses of protection around the bedsides of the hospitalized poor, elderly, and sick in our “golden state” of California. Perhaps the law will have to be passed to “protect” hospital patients from Christians who wish to protect their lives?
Governor Brown is NOT a Catholic at all. Why the Pope met with this man is beyond me. He promoted same-sex marriage as State Attorney General by not defending the law passed by the majority of voters. He has gone along with other laws favored by homosexual groups. Now, he is for murder of innocent people. This is where it started for the Third Reich and ended up as the holocaust.
The Pope met with Jerry Brown to promote the Pope’s personal opinions on “Climate Change”.
Governor Brown is blinded by too many years of unchecked power. Perhaps someone should dust off his Catholic Catechism. Or, perhaps he might actually read the emails and look at the testimony that the good people of his state have submitted against this deadly bill.
Moonbeam has proven to be not only a nonCatholic but has joined in concert with all the vehement antiCatholic forces in the Democratic Party.
We will not give up. We will continue to witness to the truth. We will love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our soul as we continue to love our neighbor as ourselves. And thus, we oppose California’s Doctor Assisted Suicide Bill as a complete and utter disregard for the sanctity of human life.+ There is a time for every purpose under heaven. This is a time to stand up with one voice in defense of the vulnerable in California. To be silent at such a time is not acceptable.+
We must listen to the voice of God, in all things, in life!! Suicide (a MORTAL SIN!!) is NEVER an answer, to ANY problem!! Those who decide to kill themselves– end up solving NOTHING– refusing the Eternal, All-Wise, Divine guidance of God, for their tragic situations! What if doctors offer assisted suicide, to little children, hospitalized with high-cost terminal illnesses, and their parents?? v This is CRIMINAL!! Dear, saintly, little Mattie Stepanek, a very gifted, famous, Christ-like child, recently died of a Muscular Dystrophy-related illness. His three little siblings all died before him, and now his mom is also dying! All Catholics, living and dying as Christ-like heroes!! True Role Models!!
Today is the Feast of the Holy Rosary. It is tragic, as a fire early today, destroyed the church headquarters in Chicago, of the Institute of Christ the King, a wonderful Tridentine Mass religious order. Their priests staff Oakland’s St. Margaret Mary’s Latin Mass community. The Archdiocese of Chicago had been helping the Institute restore an old church, for their use– and last night, some oily rags combusted, and started the fire, after workmen left. The Tabernacle and statue of the Infant King both were saved, and all of the priests are unharmed. God bless them all! We need all of our good, orthodox churches and clergy, to fight the evil Death Culture!!
Let us pray that the bishops of California have the mercy to tell Jerry Brown that he should not receive Holy Communion, lest he harm himself further (1 Corinthians 11:27-30). That would be true compassion.
Too little too late. Instead of Pope Francis lukewarm throw away culture who am I to judge, it is more effective to stand with the Culture of Death of St. John Paul II. Jerry Brown is cool advising fellow Jesuit Pope Francis on Global Baloney, but it is us Californians that will be put to death in this legal slippery slope. Just as it has happened in Holland and Belgium, where old people avoid being interned in hospitals for fear of being euthanized. The Commies never seen to stop, they are on a roll.