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Euthanasia and the Catholic Church

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Euthanasia and the Catholic Church

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Euthanasia is the killing of another person through lethal doses of medicine. These lethal doses of medicine are usually given to the sick or injured people. As Catholics, we are told that all life is sacred. Many people believe that euthanasia is against the Church. In a sense, euthanasia is against the Church, but others have opinions on the topic. Euthanasia is only wrong if the person does not agree with the procedure.

The Catholic Church teaches us that life is sacred. Life was given to us by the image and likeness of God in the Book of Genesis. We were given the Ten Commandments from Moses. The fifth commandment told us to not kill. We are also told by the Church that we are given our life by God and only he determines our fate. Committing suicide would be a direct violation of God’s ultimate plan for us. Ultimately, the Church decided on the Second Vatican Council that euthanasia was against God’s law. They condemned the idea of killing of another person. Similar to Jesus dying on the cross, we must too suffer for Jesus because we are the Body of Christ. “Scripture specifies the prohibition contained in the fifth commandment: "Do not slay the innocent and the righteous." The deliberate murder of an innocent person is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human being, to the golden rule, and to the holiness of the Creator. The law forbidding it is universally valid: it obliges each and everyone, always and everywhere.”(Article 5 of Catechism of Catholic Church 2261)