Euthanasia and assisted suicide are contrary to Catholic teaching as they are an affront to human dignity. The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the human person and the Gospel of Life are a single and indivisible Gospel. The second Vatican Council declared “euthanasia and wilful suicide” are “offences against life itself’ which “poison civilisation”; they ‘debase the perpetrators more than the victims and militate against the honour of the Creator.” In “The Gospel of Life” encyclical Pope John Paul II confirms that euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since
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