The Assisted Dying Bill will receive its second reading, with full debate, in the House of Lords. If successful, it will allow terminally ill adults, who may have less than six months to live, to kill themselves. Pope Francis has declared that “physician-assisted suicide is part of a ‘throwaway culture’ that offers ‘false compassion’ and treats a human person as a problem … True compassion does not marginalize anyone, nor does it humiliate and no ‘excludes much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales invite all Catholics to respond with prayer to this grave threat which we face to the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person. Bishop John Sherrington, Senior Bishop for Life Issues, said, “Jesus told his disciples to pray at all times and not to lose heart. Providentially, the discussion of Baroness Meacher’s bill in the House of Lords falls on October 22, the feast of St. John Paul II. The novena, asking for the intercession of Saint John Paul II, who spoke courageously of the infinite worth of each human person and testified to the cross in his last illness, calls on Catholics and all those who share our opinion that assisted suicide is wrong, pray with perseverance that this bill will be defeated. Saint John Paul II, pray for us! ‘
From October 14 to 22, in view of the second reading, the bishops encourage the faithful to unite for nine days of prayer, soliciting the intercession of Saint John Paul II, as part of our efforts to help overcome this suicide-assisted legalization attempt.
Merciful God, we pray with gratitude and gratitude for the great spiritual gift of the apostolic life and mission of Saint John Paul II. Through his heavenly intercession, we ask that the assisted dying bill be rejected and that the infinite worth of every human person be preserved through an appropriate investment in palliative care. Grant us also to grow in love for you and to boldly proclaim the love of Jesus Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Our father in heavens,
Hallowed be thy name.
May your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth,
like in paradise.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who offend us,
and do not subject us to temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
I salute you marie
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
You are blessed among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the time of our death.
Glory be to the Father
Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was at the beginning
is now and always will be
endless world. Amen
“All life is invaluable, even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the elderly, unborn children and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image. , destined to live forever, and deserving the greatest respect and the greatest respect. . ‘ (Pope Francis, Message to Catholics participating in Day for Life in Great Britain and Ireland, July 28, 2013)
“A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as human dignity, justice and peace, but, on the other hand, acts radically the opposite by allowing or tolerating a variety. in ways where human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. (Evangelium Vitae, 101)
“A society will be judged on how it treats its weaker members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying. (Saint John Paul II, Address to the New Zealand Ambassador to the Holy See, May 25, 2000)
“Respect for the dignity of people at the end of their life must involve respect for their life, because without life there is no dignity. (Cherishing Life, Conference of Catholic Bishops of England and Wales 2004)
“The laws which legitimize the direct murder of innocent human beings by abortion or euthanasia are in total opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to each individual; they thus deny the equality of all before the law. (Evangelium Vitae, 72 years old)
“As believers, how can we fail to see that abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are a terrible rejection of God’s gift of life and love? And as believers, how can we fail to feel a duty to surround the sick and those in distress with the warmth of our affection and the support that will help them always embrace life? (Saint Pope John Paul II)
“Medically assisted suicide is part of a ‘throwaway culture’ that offers ‘false compassion’ and treats a human person as a problem… True compassion does not marginalize anyone, nor humiliate nor exclude – and still less consider the death of a person a good thing. (Pope Francis, Address to the Directors of the Medical Orders of Spain and Latin America, June 2016)
“Because life is given by God, we must therefore be ready to meet God in death when the time comes. For Christians, it is a time when fear and sadness mingle with hope and love. It is an opportunity to put ourselves in the hands of God. It is wrong of us to anticipate God’s command and bring about our own death… ”(Cherishing Life, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales 2004)
“Do not tire of standing up for life firmly from the moment it is conceived, and do not be discouraged in committing to standing up for the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: do not be afraid! ‘ (Saint Pope John Paul II)
Read Bishop John’s message on the Assisted Dying Bill and the “Unprecedented Attack on the Sanctity of Life”: www.indcatholicnews.com/news/42999
Key words: Assisted Death, Suicide, Life, Bishop John Sherrington
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