Reverence for Life
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"Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in His own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect."
Pope Francis, Communique to the CBCEW
(Bishops of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales), July 17, 2013
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Ecumenical and Interfaith Statement opposes Bill C-7 - An Act to amend the Criminal Code
(medical assistance in dying)
Ottawa – Today, more than 50 religious leaders from across Canada released an open letter to all Canadians in opposition to Bill C-7 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious leaders to the legislation introduced by the federal government on 5 October 2020 which seeks to expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide (euphemistically called “medical assistance in dying”) by removing the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion currently in the Criminal Code, and by loosening some of the existing “safeguards” allowing patients whose death is “reasonably foreseeable” to waive final consent to receiving euthanasia by making an advance directive.
The religious leaders said in part: “We are obliged to express our strong concern and opposition to Bill C:7 which, among other things, expands access to euthanasia and assisted suicide to those who are not dying. It perplexes our collective minds that we have come so far as a society yet, at the same time, have so seriously regressed in the manner that we treat the weak, the ill, and the marginalized.”
The message reflects a unity of thought and concern among Canada’s diverse religious communities in the face of human suffering, dying and death, and the inadequacy of euthanasia and assisted suicide as a response. The religious leaders further expressed: “We are convinced that a robust palliative care system available to all Canadians is a much more effective response to suffering and to protecting the sacred dignity of the human person. Palliative care addresses pain in a loving and caring environment, wherein people go out of their way to offer comfort and solace. It makes everyone into a better person.”
The development of the message was initiated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, CM, Ph.D., the Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada.
Media is encouraged to direct inquiries to any of the endorsing signatories to the message.
We Can and Must do Much Better – Religious Leaders in Canada denounce Bill C-7, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)”
Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank You today for the gift of my life, and for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, and I pray for an end to this terrible and evil scourge. I pray that our politicians become God fearing leaders in our great country and be given the grace to see the evil of abortion and the gift of courage to end this attack on unborn children, who are made in Your image and likeness and loved by You from the moment of their conception. May they be given the grace to end the culture of death in our country and become an example for the whole world for the glory of Your Holy Name. I know and rejoice that You have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son and I pray that these innocent babies be welcomed into Your heavenly kingdom.
Today, I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit to be active in the pro-life movement, and never to stop defending life until all my brothers and sisters are protected. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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