Alberta Bishops’ Submission to the Subject Panel regarding Physician Assisted Death

The bishops of Alberta responded to the government’s request to make a submission to the subject panel regarding Physician Assisted Death.

The four-page submission highlighted the Catholic Church’s commitment as a faith community to protect and care for the most vulnerable in our society; the importance sustainable funding for healthcare and social services, access to essential services including palliative care; the Catholic perspective that intentional, wilful act of killing oneself or another human being is always morally wrong; the grave concern that the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia will place certain members of our common home at risk; the rights of physicians and other healthcare workers to exercise their conscience.

All in all, the bishops agree that the "Catholic Church and her institutions will always serve the vulnerable and suffering in our society. At the same time, however, we cannot as individuals and as institutions participate in, condone or advocate for physician assisted suicide or euthanasia."

We recommend that you read the full submission and pass this along to your community.

Click the link below to read the full letter.



Related Offices Health Care Bishop's Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
Related Themes Pastoral Care Euthanasia Palliative Care Health Care Life Issues Death and Dying Physician Assisted Suicide

Looking for a Parish or Mass and Reconciliation Times?

Search the Parish Finder