Catholic opponents of the death penalty sometimes seem to lose sight of the primary purpose of punishment. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (final text) says, “Punishment has the primary aim of redressing the disorder introduced by the offense.”
“Oregon is not a kill state.” Sister Helen Prejean, referring to her perception of Oregonians’ anti-death penalty sentiments.
But Oregon is a kill state. The first state to legalize “physician assisted suicide” of patients. And if we don’t become informed, we can write our own death warrant if we have a “Living Will,” which cleverly leads patients to choose “death by dehydration,” a type of assisted suicide (see Terri Schiavo).
Instead, all of us need an Advance Directivethat specifically states our wishes at end of life for water and nutrition. Water and nutrition are now considered by physicians as “medical care.” Wrong! These are necessary for a comfortable death.
You and I may be a patient in a Catholic hospital, like Providence, one day. Gone is the guarantee that we will be cared for by traditional nurses and doctors who will not want to kill us.
And I haven’t begun talking about how uncomfortable it is to see a Muslim nurse in a Catholic hospital! I’m shocked that the Archdiocesan Catholic Directory approved the photo below! But, then again, thinking it over, this archdiocese, like every diocese in America, is no longer thinking with Rome. It’s all ecumenism now, syncretism: all religions are equally valid to them.
Just don’t complain because Sharia is creeping, creeping, creeping.