While it is not necessary to appeal to Scripture or the authority of the Church to demonstrate that assisted suicide is bad for people and for society (you’ll notice I made no such appeals in the first four parts of this series), that does not mean that Christian faith is of no help for our present situation.
It should be possible to demonstrate from rational principles accessible to people of all faiths (or none) that assisted suicide is an evil. And Catholics are generally happy to approach the public square with arguments that do not require faith in order to be accepted. On the other hand, the fear of death and suffering that underlies the contemporary push for and wide social acceptance of assisted suicide cannot be answered by a simple appeal to rational principles. It is here, I suggest, that we most need to Gospel of Jesus Christ.
All the rational argumentation in the world won’t make much difference when people are afraid of death, of suffering, of losing...Read More