The letter was signed by Bishop John Sherrington, an auxiliary bishop of Westminster with responsibility for life issues at the English and Welsh bishops’ conference, and Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth, the patient’s local bishop.
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Polish Archbishop Asks English Cardinal to Intervene After Ruling to Withdraw Food and Water from Catholic Patient
Archbishop Gądecki wrote in his letter to the archbishop of Westminster that public opinion in Poland had been “shaken” by the ruling last month that life-support treatment “could be lawfully discontinued.”
The bioethics center’s statement noted that as of Jan. 12, the patient’s food and water had been restored until an appeal of his case could be made to the European Court of Human Rights.