Home/Stay Informed/All Diocesan Articles

All Diocesan Articles

 

 

What a Sick Person Needs, Besides Medical Care, is Love

Posted on November 15, 2019 in: Caregiver Spirituality, ProLife

What a Sick Person Needs, Besides Medical Care, is Love

"The pleas of gravely ill persons who sometimes ask for death are not to be understood as implying a true desire for euthanasia; in fact it is almost always a case of an anguished plea for help and love. What a sick person needs, besides medical care, is love, the human and supernatural warmth with which the sick person can and ought to be surrounded by those close to him or her, parents and children, doctors and nurses."[283]

    The sick person who feels surrounded by a loving human and Christian presence does not give way to depression and anguish as would be the case if one were left to suffer and die alone and wanting to be done with life. This is why euthanasia is a defeat for the one who proposes it, decides it and carries it out. Far from being an act of mercy to the patient, euthanasia is a gesture of individual and social self-pity and an escape from an unbearable situation. (No. 149)

From the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance’s
"Charter for Health Care Workers"

[Footnote 283: Cong. Doct. Faith, Declaration on Euthanasia, May 5, 1980, in AAS 72 (1980) p. 546. Cf. John Paul II, To the participants at the International Congress on Assistance to the Dying, in Oss. Rom. March 18, 1992, nn. 3, 5.]

   Click Here for Additional Caregiver Spirituality Resources 


Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

Are We Prepared for the Overturning of Roe v. Wade? A Summary of Resources
While overturning Roe v. Wade will not prevent abortions, it will leave it to the states to decide if they will allow it.  We should approach questions we may face with the attitude of “What would Jesus do?”  The pregnancy has already occurred, whether it is current or in the distant past does not matter.  What does matter is how we, as a Church, respond.  Many people think the Church is the organization or the buildings.  The Church is those of us that are members of Christ’s body.  How will we handle this topic?  Wil...

Read More

Joint Statement on Violence Against Pro-Life Organizations Due to Pending Supreme Court Decision
Joint Statement on Violence Against Pro-Life Organizations Due to Pending Supreme Court Decision   The Connecticut Catholic Conference joined with other organizations to issue a joint statement on concerns about the growing violence against pro-life organizations across the country. They encourage public officials to speak out and condemn these actions before they happen in Connecticut.   Click here to read the statement   Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference 134 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT 06105-3784 You can also keep ...

Read More

USCCB to Celebrate Religious Freedom Week: June 22-29
Religious Freedom Week takes place June 22-29. It begins with the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, includes the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and ends with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.   The theme for this year is Life and Dignity for All. This year, as we approach the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is especially mindful of the debates around our country about abortion. The Catholic Church plays a crucial role in bearing witness to the gospel ...

Read More

Statement Concerning U.S. Supreme Court Decision "Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization"
June 24, 2022 Statement Concerning U.S. Supreme Court Decision “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization” Today, with the U.S. Supreme Court reversing the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision on the right to abortion, we enter a new era of opportunity and responsibility to safeguard life and protect the most innocent among us. We welcome this historic reversal, which affirms the right to life of an unborn child and we pledge to do all that is possible to support pregnant women who face serious challenges. The Dobbs decision presents all of us with new ...

Read More

Catholic
Our Advertisers Support Our Ministries

Please Support Our Advertisers

Annual Catholic Appeal

ACA DONATE

ACA Videos

English

EspaƱol

 
Signup for Weekly Newsletter


    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination  for Fr. Jacob Ramos
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination for Father Lawrence Barile
    Click to view album: Palm Sunday
    Click to view album: Blessing of the Fleet
    Latest Articles

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294