Why Euthanasia Is Unacceptable To A Priest In The Catholic Church Research Paper

Length: 2 pages Subject: Mythology - Religion Type: Research Paper Paper: #71003245 Related Topics: Euthanasia, Church, Assisted Suicide, Charity
Excerpt from Research Paper :

Euthanasia and the Traditional Catholic Church

Fr. Mackin is the spiritual leader of a traditional Catholic Church. His worldview is informed by his religious faith and on the subject of voluntary/assisted euthanasia he represented the perspective of the traditional Catholic Church. The stance of the Church on euthanasia, according to Fr. Mackin, is clear: it does not condone the taking of life, including one's own, in any circumstance (except for self-defense or in war time -- cases which do not apply to the taking of one's own life, which Fr. Mackin described as a sin against hope and charity).

Mackin clarified how euthanasia is actually a sin against charity, because it would seem that it might be more charitable to help someone who is suffering from a terminal disease to ease their pain by terminating their suffering (i.e., their life). However, the opinion of the traditional Catholic Church is that the hour of


According to Fr. Mackin, it is especially important that the sufferer be prepared to come before God when the soul separates from the body and that because this is going to happen, the individual should do his or her best to prepare the soul for that meeting. This means that the person should receive the sacraments that the Church offers (penance, reconciliation, the last rites), which can purify the soul and make it pleasing to God. If one terminates one's life early, this can be an act of presumption on the part of the sufferer in that he himself chooses his hour of death rather than allowing God to choose it for him. The Church also indicates that this hour can actually be an occasion in which the sufferer can offer up his or her sufferings to God, in union with the suffering and death of Our Lord, for a meritorious end -- meaning in way that is pleasing to God.

Fr. Mackin's philosophy regarding death is that death is a time to prepare oneself to meet God, not a time to worry about "easing" into it. It is the moment that should put all other moments into perspective. The saints, Fr. Mackin says, used to keep "reminders of death" with them in their cells -- skulls or a crucifix -- to remind themselves that they too would one day die. Living each moment as though it is your last is part of the philosophy of Fr. Mackin's worldview -- and what he means when says that is not that you should enjoy each moment (because life, according to him, is not so much about enjoyment as it is about respecting God's laws, loving God and your fellow man) but rather that you should review your actions constantly to see that they are pleasing to God and that if you find any sins on your conscience you should confess them. This is what the last hour of death should be used for, says Fr. Mackin: there should be a priest there to administer the…

Cite this Document:

"Why Euthanasia Is Unacceptable To A Priest In The Catholic Church" (2015, August 03) Retrieved August 19, 2022, from

"Why Euthanasia Is Unacceptable To A Priest In The Catholic Church" 03 August 2015. Web.19 August. 2022. <

"Why Euthanasia Is Unacceptable To A Priest In The Catholic Church", 03 August 2015, Accessed.19 August. 2022,

Related Documents
Catholic Church in Spain and the United States
Words: 19318 Length: 70 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 43001444

Catholic church and public policy have remarked that the members of American clergy in general, without even excepting those who do not admit religious liberty, are all in favour of civil freedom; but they do not support any particular political system. They keep aloof from parties, and from public affairs. In the United States religion exercises but little influence upon laws, and upon the details of public opinion; but it

Catholic Church in Spain and the United States
Words: 12567 Length: 40 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 80066192

Catholic Church in Spain and the United States The Catholic Church has been a very significant religious and political institution in the Europe. Its origins can be traced to a thousand years when Christianity was itself in its infancy. It was a symbol of colossal authority and was much regarded as an institution that was as similar to the installed governmental mechanism of any nation state. Its power and influence spread

Catholic Church and the Death
Words: 1546 Length: 6 Pages Topic: Criminal Justice Paper #: 56401205

..is particularly strong among younger Catholics and weekly Mass attendees." (Fleming, 2008, p.1) Fleming (2005) writes that the decline in support for capital punishment on the part of Catholics is "a salutary reminder that good arguments can change minds." (Fleming, 2008, p.1) Summary and Conclusion This brief review has demonstrated that the earlier views of the Catholic Church on the death penalty has experienced a shift over time and that the majority

Catholic Church the Historical Foundations
Words: 1023 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 66688661

Catholics believe that baptism is necessary for the removal of the inborn sin that is part of all human beings simply because they are human and not divine like God. The second sacrament is confirmation which signifies that "the person has become an adult in the eyes of the church and confirms the promise made by others at baptism" (Thompson, 155). The third sacrament is of the Eucharist which re-enacts

Catholic Church Standing As One
Words: 1967 Length: 6 Pages Topic: Drama - World Paper #: 5608555

This happened because of the fact that many Catholic individuals could not resist the temptation of joining and supporting the Nazis as their power grew. Considering that doing otherwise would have had terrible consequences for them, it seems normal that they did not dare to rise against Nazism. With claims like "The Church must enter completely into the Third Reich, it must be co-ordinated into the rhythm of the

Catholic Church Mean by the
Words: 2473 Length: 7 Pages Topic: Mythology - Religion Paper #: 13728127

Jesus of history, is the reflection of the social importance of Jesus in religious pretext, Jesus was famous in his region because he attempted to modify and improve the social and ethical setup of the society. Christ of Faith is the same Jesus, but not the one who is handling hardships from society, and is the one who struggled to improve the religious understanding and scope of people, to bring