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A top Vatican official today condemned Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her own life rather than suffer with terminal brain cancer, saying there is ‘no dignity’ in assisted dying.
Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, made the remarks just two days after Miss Maynard, 29, took a lethal prescription of drugs at her Oregon home.
Speaking to Italian news agency Ansa, he said: ‘This woman (took her own life) thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error. Suicide is not a good thing.
‘It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and towards those around us.’
Monsignor Carrasco de Paula, whose Academy is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic Church, even went so far as to describe assisted suicide, in itself, as a reprehensible ‘absurdity’.
He added: ‘Dignity is something different to putting an end to your own life.’
The Roman Catholic Church opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, teaching that life starts at the moment of conception and should end at the moment of natural death.
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