Assisted suicide as an end-of-life option may end the suffering of an individual but that choice has social and ethical consequences for society, said Dr. Brett Salkeld, in a March, 31 address held at the University of Regina’s Student Union bar.
Salkeld is the Regina Archdiocesan Theologian and at the invitation of the Campion College Knights of Columbus Council, he delivered his analysis of the potential social consequences of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision to strike down the criminal law against assisted suicide.
Salkeld began with two premises. “First it is our duty to limit suffering as much as possible and second, eliminating suffering is impossible.” He continued. “If our legitimate zeal to limit suffering fails to recognize suffering cannot be limited, we will cause a great deal more suffering.”
His presentation did not appeal to biblical or Catholic Church teaching to demonstrate the problems with assisted suicide. He appealed to common...Read More