What Does Coercion Look Like?

“You hold her down and I’ll give her the drink.” “Your condition is not worth treating. Let’s start the Medical Aid in Dying process.” This may be what people think coercion is like, but really it is far more subtle and powerful. The popular news media is full of “good death” stories often originating from…

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AMA Remains Opposed to Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.”  That is the position the AMA still holds despite the rather dramatic pleas from those seeking a position of “engaged neutrality” – a clever but meaningless phrase.  Compassion and Choices wrote the playbook for physicians to flip their societies’ positions. “This resource is designed to…

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St. Maximilian Kolbe and Euthanasia

During morning Mass on August 14th, the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, I listened to the priest recount the story of his death at Auschwitz.  I knew the story well, but on hearing it this time I realized just how important his intercession is against assisted suicide and euthanasia. As a “poorly behaved” child,…

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Legacy of Eugenics and Racism Can’t Be Ignored

After Bishop Michael Bruce Curry delivered his sermon at today’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many observers around the world wondered, as one headline put it, “Who was the Jesuit priest mentioned during the Royal Wedding sermon?” On Twitter, many of those familiar with the work of that Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, expressed surprise…

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Fatal Flaws Event A Success

Photo credit: Catherine Adair Over 250 people came to see Fatal Flaws at Assumption College in Worcester on May 17th and to hear Bishop McManus lead the panel in discussing the terrible impact assisted suicide would have on the Church and her vulnerable people.  The movie clearly documents that once legal, assisted suicide becomes more…

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Falsifying Health Records

In December, the New York Times reported on the widespread starvation of children in Venezuela due to its economic collapse. The government’s response: falsify the records. “Doctors are censored in hospitals, too, often warned not to include malnutrition in children’s medical records. “In some public hospitals, the clinical diagnosis of malnutrition has been prohibited,” Dr.…

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