No. Euthanasia is
always a grave sin. As stated on the Vatican's website... (emphasis added)
whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or
handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.
Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to
the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or
omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate
suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human
person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of
judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of
this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.
Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary,
or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal
of "over-zealous" treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one's
inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the
patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act
for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be
2279 Even if
death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be
legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of
the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in
conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a
means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable. Palliative care is a
special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.
Website/Catechism of the Catholic Church)
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"Thou shalt not
kill." (Exodus 20:13)
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