Pontifical Academy for Life: Child euthanasia is not the answer

21/03/2014

Rome Reports

"The lack of health and disability are not good reasons to exclude, or worse, do away with a person.” That is the message Pope Francis sent members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which gathered in Rome in February this year for its 20th anniversary.

Bishop Anthony Fisher OP is an ordinary Member of the Academy and was in Rome for the Academy’s General Assembly.

Dozens of experts talked about ageing and disabilities. Pope Francis reminded them that "the tyranny of an economic logic” turns many people into victims, "starting with the elderly.”

The Academy was founded by John Paul II and is the body that advises the Church on bioethics.

The international news agency Zenit has published a translation of the message sent by Pope Francis to participants of the General Assembly:

"A society is truly open to life when it recognises that life is precious even in the elderly population, in the disabled, and even in those who are gravely ill or in the process of dying," Pope Francis said.

To read the full message click here

To read Zenit’s interview with Bishop Anthony during this year’s General Assembly click here

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