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Right-to-die movement is a stain of violence on our society


Priests for Life



NEW YORK, NY -- Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana this week published a column for the National Catholic Register about a young woman with terminal brain cancer who publicly announced plans to kill herself Nov. 1 using lethal drugs obtained under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. The column can be read here:

Mrs. Morana released a new statement today regarding the young woman’s public statement that Nov. 1 might not be the right time:

“In a video recorded two weeks ago and released over the last day, Oregon resident Brittany Maynard says Nov. 1 might not be the right time to take her own life. That’s wonderful news, and I hope she never takes those lethal drugs. But the damage has already been done. She is still actively promoting the right to die, when we have no such right. It’s a lie and a stain of violence on our society. I pray to God she decides not to kill herself and instead goes to a hospice program and leaves this earth when God wants to call her home. But the point is not whether and when she decides to end her life. Oregon’s law helped this woman to despair, and will help other families push inconvenient people out of the way. That damage won’t be undone even if she decides not to end her own life.

“If you think gay marriage hit this country like grassfire, then stand back and watch how this illegitimate right-to-die movement snowballs. We need prayer, right now.”

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Donut says:
11/3/2014 11:52:07 AM
There is no justification for forcing someone through a gruelling horrific death. Yet that is precisely what this author wishes on Brittany Maynard. This is not love or honour, it barbaric.

Even if you believe literally in the bible, suicide is not a sin unless you deliberately confuse it with "murder". You could just as easily confuse self defence or military service with murder.

David says:
11/3/2014 9:21:09 AM
The comments suggest, Mrs. Morana, that there are people who are troubled by your willingness to make moral pronouncements on the decision of a human being regarding her own life.

I have often wondered about the, for lack of a better word, joy some people feel in judging and condemning the actions of others. And so often the judgers find their sense of superiority in their religion. Are you one of those people? Only you know.

But, I doubt this is what God has in mind, Mrs. Morana. Please consider the possibility that rather than channeling the will of God you are basically satisfying some sort of personal desire to feel superior to other people.

As for Mrs. Maynard; feel free to empathize with her. Feel free to pray for her. But do not feel free to judge her.

By the way; how is your organization's financial scandal coming along?

Blacksport says:
11/3/2014 9:12:05 AM
You are so completely wrong on this, of course that's nothing new, because you are wrong on EVERY issue...there is good news, though...narrow-minded, holier-than-thou people like you are becoming fewer and fewer each day. The entire middle east, and many other parts of the world, are infected with religious "wacko-ism".....wake up Mrs. Morana, and come out on the side of free-thinking, scientific fact-believing, live-and-let-live following, NORMAL people.

Contemptible says:
11/3/2014 8:50:12 AM
How can you say you care about life when all you wish to do is generate more suffering in the world? Your imaginary friend in the sky is the one who gave her this disease as far as your are concerned. You love the idea of people suffering! The rest of us rational beings abhor human suffering. For such a beautiful, full of life woman to die of such a horrid disease is heart breaking. But your solution is that she should suffer more? A pox upon you all! Tax all churches! End the oppression of humanity by religion!

Karen says:
11/3/2014 8:01:23 AM
I fiond it abhorrent that you have no respect for God's divine plan. He has created the path for this law and these drugs, and He gave this woman a way to end her suffering. To claim that you know better than God in His infinite wisdom is outright blasphemy. May He have mercy on your souls for your arrogance. 1 Samuel 2:3

stand forth says:
11/3/2014 7:06:42 AM
Live your life and let others live theirs, which of course includes death. By trying to shame, intimidate and otherwise influence individuals and society you are what's wrong with this country. Self-annointed religious and moral authority; the very antithesis of freedom that I'm sure you feel is being trampled by "big government". Stay out of people's lives as we stay out of yours.

Live and let die says:
11/3/2014 7:03:30 AM
Dear Sirs,

I wonder what kind of death you would call the right way to die? Why is your religion blinding you and make you behave as if you were in the middle ages? Please, lead by example and compassion and maybe people will stop migrating from your religion. How can a god would want someone to die in excruciating pain? Please, spare us the master plan theory. May god, if there is one, which is not likley to be "catholic", have mercy on you and the people who follow you blindly.

David Stat says:
11/3/2014 6:55:55 AM
Have the courage to live life to the fullest? She had no ability to live life to the fullest. That's the whole point. The decision to end her life was based on love and compassion, not "the culture of death." Shame on you for politicizing an innocent woman's tragedy and increasing what was already an impossible burden. I can only hope that she was never aware of your idiotic opinion.

RIP Brittany Maynard says:
11/3/2014 4:19:03 AM
Quoting Priests for Life Executive Director Janet Morana,"Please pray with me that (Brittany) Maynard does not join that group and changes her mind about her date with death."

Do anyone think that Janet Morana has the right to make a judgement that Britanny should have suffered longer, or if not that, that she should have lived longer with less and less dignity until she finally died the in the way that Janet Morana deems suitable?

Maybe Janet believes she should have died with no mental capacity left, and no motor control over her body. I may be wrong, but that is my understanding that's what happens with quickly advancing brain cancer.

Which do you think is a better way to go? Happily with your family holding you or drooling, unconscious, and no motor control over your body?

May God have mercy on us all! But Janet, something tells me God does not look negatively at Britanny. It was her life. It was her body. It was her own relationships with her loved ones. It was her own relationship with God.

Who are you to say she shouldn't have control over her own body?

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13, NIV)

shame on you says:
11/3/2014 2:26:24 AM
You should mind your own God Dam Business. Not everyone believes in an imaginary playmate in the sky like you seem to. Have a Big Gulp full, no rather a tanker truck full of Shut The Flock Up.

I am 60 years old. I also live in Oregon. When my time comes I win do what. I think best. Not the opinions of the Catholic Church and its pedophile priests and their following.

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