Thursday, April 26, 2007

End of Life Issues

Bishop Aymond has released a statement on the issue of Emilio Gonzales. He is a baby, who has had severe medical problems in Austin, which have been highly publicized because his mother wants to keep him alive using artificial means. The conflict began when the doctors said that the child would never be able to live without the respirator.

To clear up any confusion, the Bishop released this statement. I think we all owe it to ourselves to read and study it. It is a clear and very well written summary of Catholic teaching on end of life issues.

Here is a news story with more background on this difficult issue from the Statesman.