The following comes from a Jan. 20 email sent by the pro-euthanasia Compassion & Choices.
Things are moving fast here in California!
Tomorrow (Wednesday) in Sacramento, Senators Bill Monning and Lois Wolk will introduce the End-of-Life Options Act, a bill to authorize aid in dying for terminally ill Californians.
They’ll be joined at a news conference by representatives of Compassion & Choices; the family of Brittany Maynard, including her mother, Deborah Ziegler; and other Californians who, touched by terminal illness, have dedicated themselves to making end-of-life options available in the Golden State.
We know that a majority of Californians support aid in dying. Now it’s time for our lawmakers to catch up to neighboring Oregon and Washington as well as Montana, Vermont and New Mexico — all states where the medical practice of aid in dying is authorized.
The following comes from a Jan. 19 editorial in the L.A. Times. Note: the Times says the bill will be introduced Tues., though Compassion & Choices says Wed.
Although 70% of Californians support physician-assisted suicide, it remains illegal in this state. Despite a remarkably successful 20-year-old law in Oregon that set up a process for what that state calls “death with dignity,” the Legislature in California has not introduced a bill on the subject since 2007. Before that, lawmakers tried for three years in a row with virtually identical bills and all failed….
The new bill, to be introduced Tuesday by state Sens. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), closely follows the Oregon law. It would allow a person with a terminal disease and a prognosis of death within six months to obtain a physician’s prescription for a lethal dose of medication.…
The Roman Catholic Church and other groups will almost certainly have strong objections to such a law, but their moral codes should not be imposed on those with different beliefs.
There are details in the bill that may need to be amended, but overall this is an important piece of legislation that should become law. Californians should have the ability to determine their personal medical destinies.
This should NOT be a surprise to California Bishops,
California Conference of Catholic Bishops,
California Priests, or California Lay Catholics.
A GOAL of the 2014 California DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM
clearly, and openly, and publically, and proudly – states they will be pushing Euthanasia (Death with Dignity).
This can be found on the internet.
Bishop’s Staffs should be FIRED if they have withheld this information from any Diocese Bishop.
Another GOAL in their Platform is to pay for sex change operations and hormones needed for life (by the taxpayer).
Of course intrinsic evils of: ABORTION, SAME SEX MARRIAGE, EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH, etc., are still included in the 2014 California Democratic Party Platform.
Why are the CA Bishops always coming from behind rather than requiring their Staff’s to stay up on issues so Church teaching can be reinforced in a timely manner ?
CA STATE Senator Bill Monning is the Senate Majority Leader, and of course is a DEMOCRAT.
CA State Senator Lois Wolk is a DEMOCRAT.
If this law is adopted, the State of California will expect ALL (EVERYONE) to pay for all the COSTS of all assisted suicides.
Nothing is free.
And there is nothing in the bill that people will have to pay for their own decision to commit assisted suicide.
Again this will be another assault of the FREEDOM of RELIGION, which the LA Times has not addressed.
CCC: ” 2324 Intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder.
It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.”
CCC: ” 2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons.
It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.
The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded. “
PALLIATIVE CARE – Church teaching:
CCC: ” 2279 Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted.
The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable.
Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged. “
If CA Bishops do not start admonishing CATHOLIC politicians including Gov. Brown, for violating the Faith in very serious matters, and if necessary telling them they may not receive Holy Communion and/or excommunicating them – then these CA Bishops are sinning by OMISSION.
They must start enforcing Code of Canon Law 915 and 1399.
The MORTAL SIN of SCANDAL –
CCC: ” 2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion.
Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice,
or to “social conditions that, intentionally or not, make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible.”
This is also true of business leaders who make rules encouraging fraud, teachers who provoke their children to anger,
or manipulators of public opinion who turn it away from moral values. “
“The Roman Catholic Church and other groups will almost certainly have strong objections to such a law, but their moral codes should not be imposed on those with different beliefs.” Bestiality or Incest anyone… we can impose are moral codes…but we can let society slide into complete chaos..This is same logic used for sodomite marriage.
Are the CALIFORNIA Bishops going to do their duty for a change and teach the Laity about VOTING as required by Church teaching ?
All Catholic Citizens MUST VOTE – CCC # 2240.
Catholics may NOT vote for Politicians who support ABORTION or EUTHANASIA. – Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)
“WORTHINESS to RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION, General Principles”
” 3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia.
For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion.
While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment.
There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”
(There is nothing proportionate in the USA today to the murder of over 1,000,000 innocent human beings each year for the convenience of others.)
YOUR ROLE as a CATHOLIC VOTER:
WHICH POLITICAL OFFICES SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT;
HOW to DETERMINE a CANDIDATE’S POSITION;
HOW NOT to VOTE; HOW TO VOTE;
This is not a correct interpretation of Church teaching when you say, “Catholics may NOT vote for Politicians who support ABORTION or EUTHANASIA.” And the way you say it – putting it between an unqouted reference to CCC2240 – which says nothing about Abortion – and Benedict’s Worthiness document, which says nothing about voting. In fact, Catholics may not vote for a politician BECAUSE they support abortion. However, if Catholics may vote for such a politician if they believe he or she represents the better option over all. In fact, Ratzinger’s document itself says, “N.B. A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.] “
Always finding a way to support the culture of death and sodomy eh YFC….???
YFC, Holly is very correct.
There is NO PROPORTIONATE REASON
in the USA today to the MURDER of approx. ONE MILLION innocent babies by ABORTION annually.
(If you know what it is, let us all know – proportionately to the murder of approx. one MILLION innocents in the USA – EACH YEAR..)
And therefore per Pope Benedict, a Catholic may NOT VOTE for those candidates who support ABORTION or EUTHANASIA – – –
unless they are the lessor of the evils in other intrinsic evils (evils such as homosexual marriage, contraception, embryonic stem cell research, etc.)
See her second link which includes: ” WHEN THERE IS NO “ACCEPTABLE” CANDIDATE” .
Also in her post which you personally object to is – her SEPARATE paragraph which states Catholics are required to VOTE # 2240.
She is also correct on this.
We all know you LOVE the Mortal Sin of Sodomy based upon your own posts.
Sodomites Love to Vote for the Democratic Party of Death.
Is this compassion? These two legislators should not impose their “moral-less” code on the people of California who happen to be the targets of their “compassion-less” and bone-headed attempt to disturb the moral order. I say the only thing that should die is this foolish and lethal bill.
When I first arrived in CA, some thirty years ago, we prayed a novena to St. Joseph, terror of demons, to defeat similar legislation. It is time to appeal, once more, to St. Joseph that he may banish this legislation from our land.
I’m still stuck on that statement of “The Roman Catholic Church and other groups will almost certainly have strong objections to such a law, but their moral codes should not be imposed on those with different beliefs.” THAT statement is so ridiculous, I can’t get my head around the “idea” of “Catholic teaching being an imposition”. How is that possible? A statement of what the teaching of the Church is stands alone, and all by itself. There is no “impossition” of such a teaching, it is simply a statement of fact that the Church has a teaching which says “this” or “that” and any person, with the Free Will that is God Given, can abide by that teaching or not abide by it. If a majority of people in a state decide that they want their state to have a law that resembles a teaching, it is their right, as a state, to have such a law. A majority of Californians want a law on the books to penalize murder, so we have the penalty of prison without parole (in the most aggregious cases) for murder. If a majority of Californians do not want suicide to be legal in this state, I suggest that they all get on the phone, and burn up those lines to their state reps and tell them to vote “NO” on this bill. Period.
So, now that modern medicine has the ability to help everyone manage their healthcare, it appears that “assisted suicide” is clearly the way to go…..”I’m just helping my loved one get to heaven and not suffer anymore. I don’t want to watch my loved one suffer, it hurts me. I want to be as humane as possible.” Another step toward a Godless country.
Americans all need to be taught, strongly and firmly: RESPECT ALMIGHTY GOD!! All LIFE comes from the HAND OF GOD!! Where in the world, is RESPECT FOR GOD?? And little lay people have NO RIGHT to determine such matters, for themselves– including abortion– MURDER!! Or SUICIDE!! Medical doctors all must take the Oath of Hippocrates, and vow to uphold it, all their lives!! All doctors must vow to seek to protect and save a human life, believing it to be PRECIOUS!! All doctors must bow to God, or the great Creator, or “Higher Power,” (if they have no church, perhaps) — and abide by the right of God Alone, to make or to take a life! Only God can make a life! And only God can take a life! God Alone, is the Divine Master, of all things, in His creation! Is someone suffering? What is God’s Divine Purpose, in that person’s suffering?? Yes, human suffering has a Divine meaning and purpose! Look at the Crucifixion of Christ! All the Roman Catholic Church leaders need to GET BUSY– and become modern-day MISSIONARIES, to convert this country once again– for CHRIST!!
And we Laity must:
CCC: ” 907 In accord with the knowledge, competence, and preeminence which they possess, [lay people] have the right and even at times a duty
to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church,
and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful,
with due regard to the integrity of faith and morals and reverence toward their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons. ”
We should all start with our own Diocese Bishop and then our Parish Priests.
Review their web sites.
Do their web sites PROMINENTLY contain:
1) Encouragement to read of Sacred Scripture which contains the speech of God in entirety (CCC 81);
2) Encouragement to read the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” which contains the Doctrine of the Faith ? ? ? ? ?
For quotes from our Popes which may help you in your discussions, go to:
“What Catholics REALLY Believe SOURCE”
How many parishioners do you think even go to the diocesan website?
They don’t even read the Catholic newspapers that are sent to them free.