In Canada, Catholic bishops, along with a Protestant coalition, have joined hands with Jewish and Muslim leaders to reaffirm the need to help the suffering without killing them. This move is in the context of the government’s attempt to legalize assisted suicide.
The religious leaders released a joint statement which reads: “On the basis of our respective traditions and beliefs, we insist that any action intended to end human life is morally and ethically wrong. Together, we are determined to work to alleviate human suffering in every form but never by intentionally eliminating those who suffer.”
The statement, supported by more than 30 other Christian denominations as well as 20 Jewish and Muslim leaders, also said that the humanity’s moral strength is based on solidarity, communion and communication – particularly with those who are suffering.
It is personal attention and palliative care and not assisted suicide or euthanasia that best upholds the worth of the human person. It is when we are willing to care for one another under the most dire of circumstances and at the cost of great inconvenience that human dignity and society’s fundamental goodness are best expressed and preserved” the statement said.