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There is nothing holy about agony: religious people and leaders support assisted dying too

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2094 (Published 09 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2094

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Re: There is nothing holy about agony: religious people and leaders support assisted dying too

Dear Editor,

The very title of this essay ignores 2000 years of Catholic Teaching. There is, in fact, something very holy about suffering. Indeed, paragraph 1505 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, in part, "By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion."

While former Archbishop Carey and Rabbi Romain may disagree, this headline and article completely ignore the ancient and consistent Teaching of the Catholic Church and, by extension, the belief of nearly 1.3 billion or so of their fellow human beings.

Sincerely,
Thomas Carroll

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 September 2021
Thomas Carroll
Physician
University of Rochester, New York, USA
601 Elmwood Ave, Box GMD