Reflections on Euthanasia

By Dr Nadia Delicata, Lecturer of Moral Theology at the University of Malta

(Originally published on the Malta Independent)

In her teaching on euthanasia, the Church maintains a clear balance between two truths: that life is a gift from God that is sacred and therefore demands our utmost respect. But also that human life is not absolute: we are made of flesh and blood, our bodies are fragile and death is part of the human condition.

The advance in medical care has created many new opportunities for healing when we experience illness or physical injury. The Church recognizes these medical technologies as good because they help to protect the good that is human life itself. Thus, the Church encourages the use of medical technologies to promote healing and the improvement of the quality of daily living, in particular of the most vulnerable. Continue reading “Reflections on Euthanasia”