Stand up for compassion

LETTER

Cardinal George Pell, formerly the third most senior man in the Vatican and the Pope’s trusted financial adviser, has joined the ranks of child molesters.

He denied charges of child sex abuse but has been found guilty.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney advertised “an independent fund” in its “Catholic Weekly” (May 4, 2018) which accepts “public donations” for the Cardinal to assist him to fund his costly trial. The mighty RC Church, through the Archdiocese of Sydney, will “only” assist Pell with living and accommodation costs.

Is that the same Church that uses moral arguments, and spends tonnes of money attempting to roadblock a bill that provides choice and compassion to incurably sick and suffering patients to receive assisted dying in New Zealand and in every other country where a similar bill is brought forward?

Yes, it is.

How many New Zealanders are expected to die when the End of Life Choice Bill will be introduced in New Zealand? Looking at the 2017 statistics, a total of 33,339 people died in New Zealand.

Approximately 2-3 percent of those would be eligible for assistance at the end of life if they so choose, between 667-1000 people per annum.

This is hardly a tsunami, especially when compared with patients dying from cardiovascular disease, approximately 33 percent per annum, more than 10,000 patients.

Come on New Zealand, stand up for truth, love and compassion and tell the mighty oppressors where to go! Together we can do it.

Alida Van der Velde, Waikanae

Cardinal George Pell, formerly the third most senior man in the Vatican and the Pope’s trusted financial adviser, has joined the ranks of child molesters.

He denied charges of child sex abuse but has been found guilty.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney advertised “an independent fund” in its “Catholic Weekly” (May 4, 2018) which accepts “public donations” for the Cardinal to assist him to fund his costly trial. The mighty RC Church, through the Archdiocese of Sydney, will “only” assist Pell with living and accommodation costs.

Is that the same Church that uses moral arguments, and spends tonnes of money attempting to roadblock a bill that provides choice and compassion to incurably sick and suffering patients to receive assisted dying in New Zealand and in every other country where a similar bill is brought forward?

Yes, it is.

How many New Zealanders are expected to die when the End of Life Choice Bill will be introduced in New Zealand? Looking at the 2017 statistics, a total of 33,339 people died in New Zealand.

Approximately 2-3 percent of those would be eligible for assistance at the end of life if they so choose, between 667-1000 people per annum.

This is hardly a tsunami, especially when compared with patients dying from cardiovascular disease, approximately 33 percent per annum, more than 10,000 patients.

Come on New Zealand, stand up for truth, love and compassion and tell the mighty oppressors where to go! Together we can do it.

Alida Van der Velde, Waikanae

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Ann David, Waikanae - 22 days ago
What we have to understand is that the Catholic church promotes palliative care as an "alternative" to assisted dying. It isn't an alternative for those patients that it can't help even with the best efforts, of course, but that's where the famous Catholic church denial comes in. There is no sex abuse of children in their care. No, no, no, there is none. There is no need for assisted dying. No, no, no, there is none. Deny, deny, deny. If you say it often enough, people might believe it. Don't be taken in by it.

Patricia Butler, Nelson - 21 days ago
No power on Earth (or Heaven) is going to stop the Vatican and its agents from attempting to interfere in our lives, from birth to death - not shame, nor ignominy. They are obviously unstoppable. What can we do? Quite simple - follow the lead of so many of their erstwhile followers and ignore them. If Eire, with its long history of subservience to the Catholic priesthood, can throw off the shackles, we in a more secular society can surely do this. This medieval monster should play no part in the organisation of our society, as we join other civilised jurisdictions and opt for mercy and compassion. Let's get David Seymour's End of Life Choice bill passed.

Martin Hanson, Nelson - 21 days ago
The Catholic Church's campaign against David Seymour's bill depends heavily on the word "vulnerable". Yet if there's one thing that defines that church, it's the exploitation of the powerless. Cardinal Pell's conviction for the sexual abuse of two teenage choirboys is but the latest scandal of a long litany of such abuse of the vulnerable. The thousands of cases of sexual abuse of children round the world, followed by the moving on of the offenders to where they have re-offended, and the recently reported systematic rape of nuns as sex slaves by priests in France, the forced abduction by the Irish Catholic Church of babies from teenage mothers, are but the most egregious examples.
And the Catholic Church has the brass-necked effrontery to lecture the rest of us on morality!