Death by assisted suicide and euthanasia is legal in Canada. These grievous affronts to the dignity of human life from beginning to natural end are never morally justified. The legal permission granted to these practices does not change the moral law. The teaching of the Church on these matters is clear. Euthanasia “is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person.”

How are we to respond with a pastoral care that at once expresses the Church’s deep concern for the salvation of souls and safeguards the dignity of the sacraments and the nature of her funeral rites?

The information provided on this webpage is adapted from The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories 2016 document:  Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons & Families Considering or Opting for Death by Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia: A Vademecum for Priests and Parishes.

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