Archbishop Prendergast warns Catholics that the sacrament of extreme unction would not be given to Assisted Suicide Patients

Even though the Church cares deeply about alleviating the suffering of God’s people in the world, the Catholic Church still condemns and is strongly against Assisted Suicide.

Canadian Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa has warned Catholics that they will be barred from receiving the last rites of the Church if they seek to end their lives by physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia under their country’s new law.

Some critics allege that the Church is cruel because animals like dogs and cats are put out of their misery with euthanasia, so why not the same thing for suffering humans? This objection actually strengthens the Church’s teachings that human beings are intrinsically valuable and should not be treated like animals because human beings are made in the image and likeness of God not to mention the fact that the practice strongly violates the Fifth Commandment.

He reminded the faithful that an act of suicide is a “grave sin” which directly is a violation of the Fifth Commandment not to kill and that a person who chooses suicide doesn’t have the proper disposition needed to receive the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. If suicide is murder against the self, then “assisted” suicide is plain murder.

He told Canadian Catholic News that, “Asking to be killed is gravely disordered and is a rejection of the hope that the rite calls for and tries to bring into the situation also, asking your priest to be present to something that is in direct contradiction to our Catholic values would be unfair to the pastor.”

Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered both to the dying and to those who are both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength.

“The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: the uniting of the sick person to the passion of Christ, for his own good and that of the whole Church; the strengthening, peace, and courage to endure in a Christian manner the sufferings of illness or old age; the forgiveness of sins, if the sick person was not able to obtain it through the sacrament of penance; and the restoration of health.

A report published in Canada on Thursday 25th Feb. announced that all government heath-care institutions will be obliged to provide physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

The bishops of the province of Alberta recently released a joint statement on the World Day of the Sick condemning the participation of any Catholic in assisted suicide, calling it “morally wrong. …[N]o Catholic may advocate for, or participate in any way, whether by act or omission, in the intentional killing of another human being either by assisted suicide or euthanasia.”

Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Brussels has publicly announced that no Church-run hospital or care home would permit euthanasia under any circumstance.




  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Seems to me that Jesus committed suicide. He is said to have known he was going to his death, but took no steps to avoid that. Sounds like suicide to me.
    So where does the soul and restored body of the person who commits suicide go? With the RCC, the only option must be Hell. Here you’ve got a miserable, suffering person, and the RCC proposes that because they bailed out of the suffering that God wants us to experience here, they get to experience it for the rest of eternity. That’s really disproportionate justice as called for in the bible (eye for eye), but Bible God’s rules don’t apply to His sense of justice.
    The lesson that we are to treat our pets more humanely than we treat each other, is indeed something one would expect of this organization, or any other that pretends it knows the mind of God.

  2. Patrick j Byrne Reply

    I totally agree ,,the church themselves put people to death and torture,,in the Inquision,,so where was the Lords will done there,,,they were no better than the ISIS of today,,,,How can we even imagine the pain or horror some people are suffering ,some a living death,,some,not alone in pain,,but unable to move a muscle to even ask anyone to help them from this living death,,,and the funny part is,,we are all going to die anyway,,so all the. Church or state is doing,,,is,,to force people to live in terrible fear and pain,,,Everyman or woman ,has a right to decide what way they live,,and die,,,

  3. Annie Reply

    Every Life is sacred. We have no authority to destroy it. Satan is a liar and he has been scheming and fooling humans for time immemorial. Weak humans have been falling to his crookedness. Many have lost their way and have been blinded to the truth. There is nothing wrong in suffering. In suffering we come close to our creator. In suffering we find him. It changes us inside out. He draws us close to him. Through suffering comes healing and restoration of mind, body and spirit. Come to Jesus everybody – the living water, that you and I thirst no more. He alone is your source. Assisted suicide – the one seeking and the one administering are both killers and will have blood on their hands. Many are choosing the easier way out.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Where in the bible does it say that Satan lied?
      In Genesis 3:1-5, the serpent tells Eve that she will not surely die if she eats the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He correctly tells her that her eyes will become open and she will be like God, knowing good and evil. Indeed she does not “surely die” on that day as threatened by Bible God, and the bible goes on to say in Gen 3:22 that man has indeed become like one of the gods, knowing good and evil. Satan told the truth in this particular myth.
      Perhaps you can provide an example from the bible of when Satan lied…..?
      You suggest that one come to Jesus – the living water – but that means dying and going to heaven, yet you want people to suffer in agony rather than actually die so they can go see Jesus. I find it hard to envision a “good” God who wants us to suffer. What “good” parent wants their child to suffer in agony?

      And where is there any objective, empirical evidence whatsoever, that anything actually survives after our physical death?

  4. Peter Spasic Reply

    Last rites?? Where is that taught in the Bible?

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