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Euthanasia- The Church's View

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Matt Digoy

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Euthanasia: The Unfair Death
Euthanasia is the act of killing a person or an animal with a painless death to stop them from suffering in pain. This is against the Catholic Church’s belief, but some people still believe it is ok to euthanize someone. It is necessary to know about euthanasia because some people might argue that euthanasia is not bad. We must also know so when we are older we can help persuade our government to illegalize it. Our group wants to know what is the Church's stance on euthanasia. Are their any cases where euthanasia is approved of by the church ? Why or why not does the church not approve of euthanasia? What are the arguments of the people who support euthanasia? What is the current decision on euthanasia in America? What is the Church's View on Euthanasia?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that we should respect the sick or handicapped in a special way. We have to help keep their lives as normal as possible. No matter the motive it, is always morally unacceptable to euthanize a suffering, old, sick person. No matter what the intention his, good or bad, it is a sin. Euthanasia is not respecting human dignity and death should come naturally.
What Is Euthanasia and Why is the Church Against It?
Euthanasia is "An action or an omission which, of itself or by intention, causes the death of handicapped, sick, or dying persons - sometimes with an attempt to justify the act as a means of eliminating suffering." (Baltimore Catholic Catechism 2277). The Church dissaproves of this because even though the argument is that it stops prolonged suffering, it is still classified as murder. The Church does not approve of direct euthanasia, because it is usually against the patient's will. When is Euthanasia acceptable in society?
Euthanasia is acceptable in society only when it is used to put old, sick, and dying animals to sleep. It is acceptable in our society because animals are not considered subjects, they are objects because they do not have souls. It is never acceptable to euthanize humans because they have souls and it is considered precious. Euthanasia t A Few Reasons WHY Euthanasia is Unaccceptable. 1. Euthanasia is a mortal sin, equal to murder, and is very frowned upon in many societies. 2. Euthanasia is also the same as killing somebody. (Murder). How Can You Commit Euthanasia?
There are various ways to kill a person unfairly. Here are some of them. 1. Use a Syringe and a Chemical Formula.
This is the method usually used to put dogs to sleep. This method consists of a needle and a chemicals. This effectively kills the intensely sick and suffering person in a few minutes. 1. Syringe and a Chemical Formula
This is the method that is used mostly to put animals to sleep. This method is accomplished by putting a chemical formula into a syringe, and injecting it into the sick and suffering person. They die within a few minutes of the injection. 2. Cutting Off the Food Supply
This method can be accomplished when a sick person is on a feeding tube. If the medical doctors feel it is time for the patient to die, the guardians of the patient have to right to cut the feeding tube. Then, they will be starving the patient to death. 3. Cut Off the Airway
When a person is on a breating tube and is clearly suffering greatly, the guardian can decide to kill that person . The easiest way is to take them off the breathing tube and suffocate them. Video on Euthanasia
http://animoto.com/play/zjFt5ZOfe52g1pTdeBGV9A Cases Mistaken with Euthanasia Euthanasia is never acceptable. There are some cases similar to euthanasia, and the cases are not sinful. In a hospital, people are put on life support. If they are brain dead and there is no possible way for them to recover, it is acceptable to take them off life support. If the patient is in a comma and there are chances for them to wake up, it is considered euthanasia and therefore wrong to do. The CCC says, "Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of "over-zealous" treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one's inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected". The person should be able to be kept alive as long as they can, but if they are excessive and the results are known to fail it is ok to let them die. Euthanasia is bad because it ends pain, but it is ok to alleviate pain. Painkillers and procedures that alleviate pain are acceptable, but ending their pain with death is not acceptable. Euthanasia is a mortal sin when it is done knowingly and willingly.
Going to confession and doing penance will let you go to heaven. When it comes to the Church's teachings on medical euthanasia, the teachings are a little bit confusing. The Church teaches that doctors have a moral duty to give their patients "ordinary" treatment in order for the patient to survive. "Extraordinary" treatment is morally acceptable to use, but optional. These "extraordinary" treatments are usually machines that are used to keep the body alive. It is up to the patient or the patient's family to decide whether or not to use or continue using "extraordinary" treatment. The wishes of the patient must always be respected. Also, the patient must not be deprived of food. Food is necessary for life and to deprive someone of food is to starve them. For example, if a person is just in a coma, he should be kept on a feeding tube because he might wake up some day even if the chances are very slim. If someone is brain-dead and is a vegetable, then it is up to his will or his friends and family. Again, When is Euthanasia ever acceptable? " Animals and Euthanasia - Catholic Answers Forums." Catholic Answers Forums. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2010. <http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=9218>.

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