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Ethics End of Life Death & Dying

Ethics End of Life Death & Dying

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Published by Dr. Liza Manalo
It is licit to relieve pain by narcotics, even when the result is decreased consciousness and a shortening of life, "if no other means exist, and if, in the given circumstances, this does not prevent the carrying out of other religious and moral duties."
In such a case, death is not willed or sought, even though for reasonable motives one runs the risk of it: there is simply a desire to ease pain effectively by using the analgesics which medicine provides.
It is licit to relieve pain by narcotics, even when the result is decreased consciousness and a shortening of life, "if no other means exist, and if, in the given circumstances, this does not prevent the carrying out of other religious and moral duties."
In such a case, death is not willed or sought, even though for reasonable motives one runs the risk of it: there is simply a desire to ease pain effectively by using the analgesics which medicine provides.

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Published by: Dr. Liza Manalo on Mar 16, 2012
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Ethical Decision-Makingin End-of-Life Care
Dr. Maria FidelisC. Manalo, MScPalliative Care
 
Sanctity of Life
You shall not kill.You have heard that it was said to the men of old, "You shall not kill: and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment." But I say to youthat every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment.
"
Human life is sacred 
because from its beginning itinvolves the creative action of God and it remains for everin a special relationship with the Creator, who is its soleend.
God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end:no one can under any circumstance claim for himself theright directly to destroy an innocent human being.“
Catechismof the Catholic Church, 225
 
Stewardship of Life
In this view, we are
stewards
,
not owners
,of our own bodies and are accountable toGod for the life that has been given to us.

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