.- Bishop Javier Chavolla of Toluca, Mexico, reacted to news this week of the possible legalization of euthanasia in that country, emphasizing the urgent need for laws based on âprinciples and valuesâ that acknowledge that âhuman beings do not own anybodyâ and that âdecisions about life cannot be made as if God did not exist.â
Making his comments as the bishops of Mexico were gathered for their annual assembly, Bishop Chavolla recalled that while the Church supports âdignified deathâ and shares the concern of the faithful regarding the spread of a culture of pain for painâs sake, she couldnât support proposed laws that would legalize euthanasia.
In a statement released by the Conference, the bishops clarified the âradical differenceâ between âconferring deathâ and âconsenting to death,â as the former is âan act suppressing lifeâ and the latter implies accepting suffering until death.
âTherefore we should not be confused about euthanasia, which is an action or an omission that has as its intention the procurement of the death of another person in order to spare him or her of pain or suffering,â they said.
Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar of Matehuala emphasized that a dignified death is one that âprovides the patient sensitive and respectful treatment, truthful information and participation in the decisions that affect him or her, adequate control over pain and other symptoms, psychological and social support, as well as spiritual attention in accord with his or her beliefs.â Euthanasia, he added, as well as intense therapy that has no chance of contributing to the patientâs recovery, are âunacceptable for the Catholic Church.â