humbly ask that the Pope denounce Canada's attack on freedom of conscience and religious liberty associated with an emerging euthanasia/assisted suicide regime set to begin on June 6th 2016.
Perhaps words from His Holiness might persuade government and medical professional organizations to protect Christian doctors' and nurses' freedom of conscience from having to kill or refer patients to be killed. -- Mark
14 March 2016
His Holiness Pope Francis
State of the Vatican City
I am writing regarding a wide-spread national regime of physician assisted suicide that will begin across Canada effective June 6th 2016. Doctors will be required to assist suicidal sick or disabled patients to kill themselves. Physicians with religious or moral objections to killing patients will still be required to refer suicidal patients to doctors willing to kill them. Catholic doctors refusing to murder patients or be complicit in their murders will face harsh punishments, or move away from Canada. Catholic hospitals, auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes will be forced to allow murder in their facilities, or get out of medical care, or adopt a policy of civil disobedience and refuse to cooperate in assisted suicide, and face persecution of the state.
This is in direct contravention of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 2, FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, which states, in part: "Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: a.) freedom of conscience and religion; b.) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, ..." Canadian doctors and nurses must also be allowed this fundamental freedom. They must not be forced to participate in any aspect of assisting suicide, including referrals.
We need to hear from you, Holy Father. Please denounce the Canadian government's assisted suicide regime (that will ultimately encompass every condition, illness or disability -- including mental illness and minors). Denounce the direct attack on religious liberty of doctors and nurses in Canada.
Please Your Holiness. We need to hear from you.
I have the honour to be,
Your Holiness's obedient servant,
Mark Davis Pickup
Canada, T4X 1C8