Vatican City, Jun 10, 2016 / 13:13 pm
Physician-assisted suicide is part of a "throwaway culture" that offers a "false compassion" and treats a human person as a problem, Pope Francis told medical leaders on Thursday.
"True compassion does not marginalize anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude – much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing," the Pope said. He criticized "those who hide behind an alleged compassion to justify and approve the death of a patient."
"You are well aware of the meaning of the triumph of selfishness, of this 'throwaway culture' that rejects and dismisses those who do not comply with certain canons of health, beauty and utility," he said.
The Pope addressed the managers of the Medical Orders of Spain and Latin America in the Apostolic Palace on June 9.