Loading
Cardinal Lozano explains position on Eluana Englaro to Mexican media

.- In response to repeated questions by reporters during his visit to Monterrey, Mexico, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, explained his position on the case of Eluana Englaro, the Italian woman who died after her family members requested her feeding tubes be removed.

"I said it then and I repeat now: whoever kills an innocent person is a murderer. Whoever does not kill is not. This is what I have always said," the cardinal told reporters who inquired about the lawsuit Englaro’s father has threatened to file against him.

During his visit to the University Hospital of Monterrey, Cardinal Lozano recalled that God has given a commandment "Thou shalt not kill."

He also pointed out that medicine should seek to cure the patient, and if that is not possible, it should work to alleviate the pain with "palliative care." This is essential because "death is a most crucial moment for a person and one should take that definitive step with as much consciousness as possible."

The cardinal noted that the Church does not support the use of extraordinary means in which "medicine or techniques…do not alleviate or cure and only prolong a difficult agony."

"No one is obliged to use disproportionate means instead of allowing nature to take its course," Cardinal Lozano said, pointing out however that this was not the case with Eluana Englaro

"Eluana was not ill with anything. Therapeutic care does not include food or water. To deny water or nutrition to a patient is to condemn them to a terrible death by thirst and starvation," he explained.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
22

Liturgical Calendar

July 22, 2014

Saint Mary Magdalene

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-43

Gospel
Date
07/20/14
07/19/14
07/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Mic 7: 14-15, 18-20

Saint of the Day

St. Mary Magdalene »

Saint
Date

Homily of the Day

Mt 12:38-42

Homily
Date
07/21/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: