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.