Euthanasia Cannot Be the End of Suffering

Photography by Andy Coan

Why do we suffer?  Can’t we just take a pill, or have a procedure, or, if we, or one of our loved ones are in terrible pain with no hope of recovering, just “compassionately” end life?  

 And how does the Church really define the moment of death?  What does “brain dead” really mean?  Can it even be defined?  And if it cannot be definitively determined when you are physically dead medically, what do Catholics do to ensure that they are not hastening death and risk sinning?  

For hours hundreds of Catholic physicians debated these questions with some of the great minds of the day at the 79th annual Catholic Medical Association educational conference.  Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and King’s College in New York City and author of nearly 60 books, talked about the need for Catholic physicians to not rely simply on science for answers to questions that have deeper meaning for their patients.

Listen to Mark Armstrong’s Interview of Dr. Peter Kreeft…

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Mark Armstrong is married to Patti (the much more famous Catholic author). They have 10 children and two grandkids (so far).  Mark travels and presents a PowerPoint presentation on "Our Lady of Guadalupe" to retreats, church events and conferences. He also spent 9 days in Italy in 2010, including three hours before the Shroud of Turin and has an amazing PowerPoint presentation on the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

He also co-authored the best-selling Catholic book, Amazing Grace for Fathers.

You can listen to "The Phil and Mark Show" every weekday morning from 5:30 to 9:00 a.m. on the legendary "Voice of the Northern Plains" KFYR Radio.  Tune in thru I-Heart radio at

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