Pope Francis denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God’
VATICAN: Pope Francis denounced the right to die
movement Saturday, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider
euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and
creation. Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic
Earlier this month, the Vatican’s top bioethics
official condemned as ‘reprehensible’ the assisted suicide of an American
woman, Brittany Maynard, who was suffering terminal brain cancer and said she
wanted to die with dignity. Francis didn’t refer to the Maynard case
While denouncing euthanasia in general, he also condemned
abortion, in vitro fertilisation (or “the scientific production of a child”)
and embryonic stem cell research (or “using human beings as laboratory
experiments to presumably save others.”)
“This is playing with life,” he said. “Beware, because
this is a sin against the creator, against God the creator."
While shying away from hot-button, culture war issues
such as abortion, Francis has spoken out frequently about euthanasia. He
considers the assisted suicide movement as a symptom of today's “throw-away
culture” that views the sick and elderly as useless drains on society.
Francis urged doctors to take “courageous and
against-the-grain” decisions to uphold church teaching on the dignity of life,
even if it requires resorting to conscientious objection.