|This week California’s newly passed assisted suicide law went into effect. Despite the efforts of the California Catholic Conference and other religious leaders, the bill was passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles responded by praying a novena for life, and Auxiliary bishop David O’Connell remarked that the passing of the “End of Life Option Act” was a sad time for the state of California. “This is a failure of our love,” he said. He is concerned for the poorest and most vulnerable who may be encouraged to choose this “option” rather than being offered continuing care.
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron confronted the issue in this video.