Catholic Hospital Ordered to Begin Assisted Suicide Services Despite Religious Objections

Western Nations are increasingly encroaching on Christian’s religious views and convictions through court actions.

A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must provide physician-assisted suicide assessments to eligible patients who request them, the province’s public health service has ruled.St. Martha’s Regional Hospital will now perform assessments for patients seeking medical assistance in dying at its hospital, said Tim Guest, vice president of the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).

The hospital was previously exempt because of its faith-based identity. But the Sisters of St. Martha, the order of Catholic nuns who used to operate the hospital, said in a statement that assisted suicides will not take place at the hospital itself.Medically assisted deaths can occur in the Antigonish Health and Wellness Centre, a building connected to the hospital, Guest said. For approved patients who request euthanasia, he said the health authority has “put a mechanism in place to provide that service,” though he didn’t offer details.

The Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide as a violation of divine law. Pope Francis condemned the procedure and asked doctors to “reject the temptation” to provide it in an address last week.

A Canadian bill that legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2016 still allows individual providers to decline the service based on their beliefs. It’s up to the provinces to decide where the services are provided.
“The teaching of the Catholic Church and the stance of the Catholic Bishops of Canada are clear. Suicide is not part of health care,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a 2016 statement, months before Canada’s assisted-suicide law went into effect.

Christians are not callus to the pain and struggle some people experience nearing the end of life. We believe that God knows this life is full of troubles, headaches and yes, even pain. John 1:12 reminds us, ” Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

The Canadian court has squashed the rights of Christians by not honoring the agreement it established in 2016 with the hospital. Nevertheless, this does not appear to trouble the Canadian government in the slightest. While Christians trust in God it seems the courts do not share our belief. Sadly, the court’s attempt to squash God’s people until we submit to government, not Jesus will be the downfall of many Western governments until they change.

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Richard Cassalata
Richard Cassalata is the founder and senior pastor of the Christian Army Church
http://www.christianarmyusa.org

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