Tuesday, January 30, 2007
[Another interesting item from MOJ friend Gerry White (Trinity College Dublin, Law):]
Cardinal Martini and Euthanasia: When It Is Licit to Cut Life Short
For the former archbishop of Milan, the seriously ill person has at every moment the right to interrupt the care that keeps him alive. No, objects the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. But the real clash is between Martini and the pope
by Sandro Magister
ROMA, January 30, 2007 – Just nine months after the bombshell manifesto of opposition to the reigning pope published in the Italian weekly “L’espresso” – on artificial insemination, embryos, abortion, euthanasia – cardinal Carlo Maria Martini has returned to the last of these topics, euthanasia, with an article that appeared on January 21 on the front page of the Sunday edition of “Il Sole 24 Ore,” the leading economics and finance newspaper in Italy, and one of the most important in all of Europe.
This time as well his statements have been interpreted as a criticism of the papal line of absolute opposition to intentionally caused “gentle death.”
And again this time – like nine months ago – the official Catholic media have shrouded cardinal Martini’s statements in silence, while the secular media have amplified them.
But a controversy that pits the highest leaders of the worldwide Church against each other with conflicting positions on topics of such importance cannot remain hidden within the Church itself.
It is a controversy with its own concrete proximate cause, background, and developments.
[To read the rest of this interesting article, click here.]