Prefect for Pontifical Academy for Life Fail To Condemn Euthanasia?

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, has again caused apparent confusion about Catholic morality in recent comments refusing to outline the Church’s clear prohibition of euthanasia.

In an interview published by the Italian news site Secolo d’Italia on March 16, Paglia fielded questions on end-of-life issues, palliative care and euthanasia.

The Pontifical Academy for Life’s (PAV) prefect marked his answer by employing his regularly confusing rhetoric while also notably avoiding pronouncing the Catholic moral teaching regarding euthanasia.

Toward the end of his discussion, Paglia was asked – in the wider context of suffering and euthanasia – about people described as “incurable” who are “connected to machines, who need artificial nutrition and hydration, who are not autonomous to move. So life is also this, even if you don’t want it to be?”

The archbishop described the current situation as “a frontier that requires great delicacy” – “delicacy” because, he stated, “the lives of suffering people depend on it.”

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