“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Friday, March 4, 2016

CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE DOES NOT EVER INCLUDE ABORTION OR ASSISTED SUICIDE

A new phase of human killing is about to begin where doctor and executioner merge into one.  Like Alice in Wonderland, Canada is about to jump down a dark rabbit-hole; where it ends nobody knows.

The rabbit-hole is very deep – more like an abyss really. I fear it
will take society places it should not go. The ominous implications of Canada’s plunge into physician assisted suicide are truly frightening for people like me who are incurably ill and disabled.

As with abortion, the blessed Catholic Church is once again standing in the gap between life and death trying to defend the most vulnerable of humanity. And as with abortion, the Catholic Church will face the ire of the liberal secular press and rampant nihilism. 

Independent personal autonomy has replaced interdependent community.  Individualism and the mantra of “choice” have replaced the Common Good. The Church is decried as being out of step with the times. But the times are out of step with the history of western Christian civilization, Common Law spanning centuries, and the higher truth of natural law that has always existed regardless of what any court or legislature may decree.

Throughout more than two millennia, the Catholic Church has shone the true spiritual and moral light of Christ into dark times. But humanity often refuses to come into the light. Jesus said that “the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come into light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3.19-21.) I believe this is why the Catholic Church has been hated.

Despite intensifying opposition it still brings the truth of God to the world. We should not be surprised at the increasing hatred and opposition shown toward the Catholic Church and Her ministries. Remember, the world first hated Christ. We should expect no different. It is like a benchmark showing we are aligned with Christ and not the world.

Again, Jesus said, “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” The teachings of the Catholic Church reflect the truth of Christ which is the essence of abundant life not only in eternity but also begins in the present.

An anti-Catholic column recently appeared in the Edmonton
Paula Simons
Journal
under the title: “If Covenant Health won’t obey law, it shouldn’t get public funds to run public hospitals.” Columnist  Paula Simons, acknowledged that Covenant Care operates 23 hospital and nursing homes in Alberta, has two major active treatment hospitals and in Edmonton and provides 90 per cent of the total palliative care beds in the Edmonton region. She then stated that if Covenant Care refuses to provide abortions or physician assisted suicide then they be cut off from receiving provincial health care funding.

The fact is that Catholic hospitals will never provide abortions or assist in suicides.  Simons does not seem to understand that Catholicism is rooted in ancient Scriptures and tradition and Christian morals dating back 2,000 years ― centuries before the Canadian Supreme Court or Canada existed. Catholic institutions will not kill for money or threats to withhold money. 

In her column, Simons does not explain how the province would make up the massive shortfall in medical care if Covenant Care had to fold or if the Catholic Church was forced out of health care.
Simons said that not providing assisted suicide to suicidal sick or disabled people is “cruel”.  

No it’s not. I am incurably ill and disabled. I need to know there are Catholic healthcare facilities that will always hold up my innate value, even if I have ceased to believe in my own value. I need to know there are people who will not listen to a death wish I might express when I am at my lowest point and euthanize me.


My family can rest assured that my life in the care of Covenant Care is protected and safe, regardless of what any court may decree. That assurance is priceless!

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