O’Malley, Church Strongly Oppose Assisted Suicide Ballot Initiative

BOSTON (CBS) – The head of the Boston Archdiocese is expressing his concerns about the “death with dignity” ballot initiative that’s been certified by the state.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke about the petition drive during the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

“It’s another attempt to undermine the sacredness of human life,” said Cardinal O’Malley during Mass.

Cardinal O’Malley told lawyers, judges and other parishioners gathered at Mass that the church is strongly opposed to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

The Cardinal said doctors should know better.

“Allowing doctors to prescribe the means for their patients to kill themselves is a corruption of the medical profession. It even violates the Hippocratic Oath that has guided physicians for thousands of years,” said Cardinal O’Malley.

Cardinal O’Malley said only God has power to decide what constitutes a life worth living.

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  • Italo

    I hope that the Cardinal never has to go through the hell of drawn-out terminal disease, chemo treatments, or hospice, or else be close to a loved one he oversees or witnesses going through one or more of these. Then maybe he’ll join reality and see that there are more ways to interpret and practice the sacredness of life that the Catholic Church should be focusing on during this time, as opposed to people considering options for maintaining the quality and dignity of the way that terminally ill people desire to have a say about with regards to how and when their ill and painful lives can end, when cure or other hope are not options.

  • eddwal50

    the Cardinals a joke anyone who believes him is a fool has the church ever apoligized for the inqusition?

  • Jean

    I’m a catholic and I firmly believe in this bill. Frankly and with all due respect to Cardinal O’Malley, your word means nothing. Just because we have a dying with dignity law, doesn’t mean people will be forced into it. I urge our legislatures to pass this bill and help all those out there a chance to be surrounded by their families during their last moments.

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