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Bay Area Atheists/Agnostics/Humanists/Freethinkers/Skeptics Message Board › US Catholic Bishops tell us our lives are not our own

US Catholic Bishops tell us our lives are not our own

eric s.
atheist1a
Walnut Creek, CA
Post #: 141
I found the following paragraph in Marie Castle’s latest book “Culture Wars” 2013, SeeSharp Press, p 116. It is taken from U.S. Catholic Bishops’ “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care, Part 5, "Issues in Care for the Seriously Ill and Dying”

“The truth that life is a precious gift from God has profound implications for the question of stewardship over human life. We are not the owners of our lives and, hence, do not have absolute power over life. We have a duty to preserve our life and to use it for the glory of God, but the duty to preserve life is not absolute, for we may reject life prolonging procedures that are not sufficiently beneficial or excessively burdensome. Suicide and euthanasia are never morally acceptable options.”

According to this church, we don’t own our lives. God does, and only they know what God wants. Sound like a familiar racket?
A former member
Post #: 11
We are not in control of our lives? I am not sure this is much different then people in the atheist community suggesting we do not have “free will.”
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