The Economist: Religious leaders grapple with VAD
On 23 July 2016, Charles Scicluna, the Archbishop of Malta, and Mario Grech, the Bishop of Gozo, published an open letter to Maltese Parliamentarians. Their message? “Medical assistance given to the patients for the abrupt termination of life could never be in his or her best interest.”
In June Pope Francis said to a group of Spanish and Latin American doctors that “true compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude, much less considers the disappearance of a person as a good thing.” Life is sacred, he added, and should shine “with greater splendour precisely in suffering and helplessness”.
Research shows that religious people are more likely than the non-religious to oppose assisted dying. But there is wide variation between faiths. Some Anglican leaders are starting to shift their positions.