March 29, 2011

Health Care Directives

My 2c of advice for today before my brain empties...if you are at a "life planning workshop" or "health care planning workshop" be REALLY careful that what they are helping you plan is in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services Even if this event is hosted by a Catholic Church use caution. It pains me to have to give that warning but there are a lot of Catholic parishes who think Obama Care and euthanasia are the most "sensible" "social justice" teachings since Fr. Curran spoke out against Humanae Vitae

The USCCB document is hefty. I'll break it down. If you are signing or writing up anything in your health planning workshop that gives guidelines for when you want to be put to death by your friends or family, think carefully, don't sign it, and get the hell out of there.

To seek euthansia and to approve it or participate in it on another's or your own behalf is a mortal sin.


Blogger Ray from MN said...

Excellent points, Cathy.

I was at an "end of life" a few weeks ago led by a Catholic permanent Deacon who is also a retired surgeon.

Given the progress in recent years in medicine, it is extremely difficult to determine when someone is dead. There is "brain death" and "cardiac death" and I don't know if a exact definition has been given for either.

And, if you have indicated in your instructions that your organs could be used for transplants, a noble gesture, the Deacon/surgeon scared the heck out of us by saying that a physician might lie as to whether or not you are truly dead if the well-being of the potential recipient a held higher value in his/her estimation.

March 29, 2011 8:02 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Exactly Ray! Never sign up for organ donor...

March 31, 2011 9:11 PM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

We had this issue come up when a close family member of a family member had a brain incident. The person had signed one of those directives that said not to do anything if something like that should happen. That person then proceeded to get better and have cognitive function and was able to communicate but they let that person starve/dehydrate to death anyway. Our whole family is still stunned about it as that person and their family are "Catholic". They should have known better and we told them about a family member that had the same injury at the same age and is still living and living well. I found out, through this whole process, that NO CATHOLIC should ever sign one of those things and no loved one should have to abide by it. Nobody knows what they would feel at the time of a grave injury like that. It's evil to do that to your family. I saw the agony of our family member as they sat by the death bed, knowing they could do NOTHING. It's one of the worst kinds of emotional suffering I've ever seen.

April 02, 2011 10:54 AM  

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