Assisted Dying Bill is “unprecedented attack on sanctity of life” says Bishop John Sherrington
The Assisted Dying Bill is being presented to the House of Lords in October.
Bishop John Sherrington is urging all Catholics to write to peers at the House of Lords stating the reasons for opposition to this legislation. He urges discussion and communication about this incredibly important matter.
In the next weeks, we face an unprecedented attack on the sanctity of life with Baroness Meacher’s ‘Assisted Dying Bill 2021’ is due its 2nd Reading in the House of Lords with full debate on Friday, 22nd October.
The term ‘Assisted Dying’ is euphemistic, the truth is that this bill seeks to introduce Assisted Suicide. If legalised, this bill would allow a terminally ill adult with less than six months to live to be assisted in committing suicide.
Catholic teaching opposes assisting suicide, since life is a gift to be cared for and preserved until its natural death. The Church is clear that we cannot directly choose to take the life of another, even if they request it.
The solidarity of praying and caring for the most vulnerable at this fragile time of their lives is a profoundly Christian act which imitates Our Lady’s prayer at the cross and Christ’s service to the weakest.
Read John Sherrington's Letter HERE or in the Social Justice Tab