In response to Canada’s high court clearing the way for allowing people to help others kill themselves, the Canadian Bishops could only express their “disappointment”. Is that the best they could do? Why are they disappointed?
“We were hoping the court would not go this way,” said Archbishop Durocher, describing the decision as “a road that we find most dangerous.”
“It certainly is the victory of individual rights over any other consideration,” said the archbishop. “So, it is an approach to law that considers the individual, independently of the social and community aspects.
“Of course, in our Catholic tradition, we are very aware, sensitive, to the social dimensions of any individual decision. We are not islands, separate from each other. We form a people and the decision of one affects all others. And so in this sense it is a vision of the human being that leads to this kind of decision.
“Ours is a different vision,” he said, referring to Catholic teaching. “And I think we need to keep putting this forward to our own people to help them to grow in the sense of the fact that we belong to each other and we need to stand together.”
What is the different vision? Putting what forward to your own people? Here’s an idea: how about explaining the Catholic teaching on the value of suffering, about uniting one’s suffering with that of Jesus on the Cross, and how this is the Faith, that through suffering a greater good can come from it, such as purification and attaining Heaven?
Perhaps, people just need to hear the Truth again and society wouldn’t be falling for this false solution of hopelessness.