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

Mark Armstrong is married to Patti. Patti is the more famous Catholic author with best-selling books and a contributing correspondent to both the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor.

Married for 36 years, the couple have ten children and three grandkids so far (with three more due in 2018!).  Mark travels and presents a PowerPoint presentation to retreats, church events, schools and conferences on Our Lady of Guadalupe with a replica image blessed by Saint John Paul II. His writings on Our Lady of Guadalupe are also online here.

Mark and family members also toured Italy in 2010 and again in 2015, including several days during the public venerations of the Shroud of Turin. Mark also writes articles on The Shroud 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.

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