Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 11: Catholic Perspectives on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: The Human Person and the Quest for Meaning
Catholic Perspectives on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: The Human Person and the Quest for Meaning
The Catholic community is as diverse as it is large, with communities throughout the world. Available statistics from the Catholic Almanac indicate that, worldwide, nearly 976 million people, or 17% of the total population, are Catholic (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1997). There are two branches of the Catholic Church—the Roman Catholic or Latin Church and the Eastern Catholic Rites or Churches—each with its own rituals and legal system. Both the Latin and Eastern Churches fall under the pastoral care and teaching of the pope in Rome. In the United States, Catholics comprise 23% of the ...