Video — August 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) vs. Euthanasia


Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) vs. Euthansasia PeterColosi 080317 from Peter J. Colosi on Vimeo.

“Ars Moriendi (The Art of Dying) vs. Euthansasia: A Catholic Understanding of Compassion, Suffering and Death and The Current Euthanasia Debate” I delivered this talk on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at St. John of Rochester Parish in Fairport NY, the parish I grew up in. Below is a short description of the basic points covered, and the talk was also timely as New York State is currently considering/debating passage of this bill, which I also discuss in the talk, “Medical Aid-in-Dying Act” (A.2383/S.3151). There are slides throughout which appear clearly on screen when I discuss them.
In the Catholic Tradition there are various ways to explain why euthanasia is immoral and should not be legalized. The rich, beautiful and largely forgotten Catholic tradition of Ars Moriendi (the art of dying) is presented as a way to show that the Catholic view is loving and compassionate towards the vulnerable, whereas the pro-euthanasia view – while perhaps well-intended – is the opposite of compassionate. These topics are also be covered: Definitions of all terms in the euthanasia debate; the strongest arguments euthanasia are presented and refutations are given; definitions of the various kinds of end of life documents and which are appropriate to use from a Catholic perspective; the moral questions around artificial nutrition and hydration; how Catholics can contribute to the common good on this issue. My profound thanks to Mr. Chris Pruszynski of St. John of Rochester Parish for producing this video!

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