Euthanasia, the CDF letter affirmed, is “an intrinsically evil act, in every situation or circumstance” and “any formal or immediate material cooperation in such an act is a grave sin against human life.”
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The bishops stressed that ”the legalization of forms of assisted suicide” will not help when trying to persuade those who are tempted to commit suicide that death is not the right way out” of their problems.
On the eve of the law's taking effect, Bishop Checchio condemned assisted suicide as “a grievous affront to the dignity of human life” that “can never be morally justified.”
Assisted suicide became legal in the Netherlands in 2002 for terminally ill adults who are mentally competent.
Cardinal Eijk said in the statement that those “who consider human life as an intrinsic, and therefore universal value, and is convinced that it may not be terminated by euthanasia, medically-assisted suicide and termination of life without request, would prefer that these actions never take place.”
Dr. Charles Camosy, a professor at Fordham University and bioethicist, said that the supreme court decision is part of a legal “slippery slope” in the Netherlands on euthanasia.
The US’ neighbor to the north extends euthanasia to the disabled and mentally ill, considers ‘advance directives’ to kill in case of mental decline.
Cardinal Eijk explained that "a priest must clearly say to those who opt for assisted suicide or [voluntary] euthanasia that both of these acts violate the intrinsic value of the human life, that is a grave sin."
Archbishop Paglia's comments come on the heels of a document released by Swiss bishops on assisted suicide stating that pastoral caregivers should not be present during a person’s death by assisted suicide.