by Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews.com
A pro-contraception priest who headed a committee that supported euthanasia by starvation and a professor who participated in the pro-gay 2015 “shadow synod” are amongst the newest members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. These two join a third who has argued that abortion should be permitted until “18 weeks after conception.”
The priest is Father Maurizio Chiodi, a theologian from the Northern Italian Theological Faculty of Milan. The professor is Anne-Marie Pelletier.
Rorate Caeli uncovered and translated the euthanasia advocacy of the committee led by Fr. Chiodi. It was for the Italian Jesuit magazine Aggiornamenti Sociali. The group advocated for the “right” of patients to create advanced healthcare directives that specify they should be withheld food and water.
The Catholic Church teaches that it’s morally permissible to refuse extraordinary medical treatment, but it is never licit to starve or dehydrate patients to death. Food and water can never be deemed extraordinary care.
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