Cardinal O’Malley Decries Passage of Assisted Suicide Law in California

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and Chair of the Committee on Pro-life Activities at the USCCB, issued a letter this week decrying the decision of California Governor Jerry Brown to sign legislation legalizing physician-assisted suicide.  O’Malley, who successfully fought the passage of similar legislation in Massachusetts just a few years ago, said Brown’s decision was “a great tragedy for human life.”
“A government that legalizes assisted suicide sends the terrible message Pope Francis has so eloquently warned us against, that there is such a thing as disposable people,” O’Malley said in his statement. 

He further points out that most people seek assisted suicide, not because they are in intractable pain, but because they fear they will be a burden to their families.

 

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