HLI Statement on Archbishop’s Warning to Catholics about Suicide

Statement from HLI president Father Shenan J. Boquet regarding Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergrast’s warning to Catholics in his archdiocese that they will be barred from receiving the last rites of the Church if they seek to end their lives by euthanasia or assisted suicide under their country’s new law.

“We are grateful to see the logic of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick presented with such clarity and charity by Archbishop Prendergrast. This truth spoken in love serves as a corrective against a false mercy, or any presumption that the Church’s sacraments are simply empty rituals that exist to validate the choices of those who reject God’s law.

“We hope that this clear position presented by Archbishop Prendergrast will save lives and souls by turning the confused away from choosing the terrible sin of suicide.”

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