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2.0 out of 5 stars IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, October 1, 2010
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I read this book in researching a paper on euthanasia; the author seemed, as a Christian clergyman and former gastroenterologist, to have a unique perspective.
Surprisingly, given this background, Father Manning gives a date in the "BCE" and
"CE" (as opposed to BC and AD) terminology,favored by those who have a negative attitude towards Christianity. More disturbing than this is the author's support for passive euthanasia - the withholding of nutrition and fluids from patients, especially those with decreased levels of consciousness (he mentions he does not like the designation of passive euthanasia - euphemisms are preferred today).
Mentioned parenthetically,on page 20, is the determination that the denial of adequate medical care to noviates is ethical. Forty years ago my wife was a noviate nun (SND) in Chardon, Ohio; she had a pulmonary exposure at the time - not adequately treated - which has resulted in progressive and inoperable bronchiectasis, a potentially fatal lung condition. I am not sure how canon law would analyze this. Maybe we could try Luke 14 or Matthew 25:41-45.
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