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"Consider this ... Silence"
2 hours ago by Daybreak TV Productions

Silence

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Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who served as Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, passed away Thursday at the age of 82. 

Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo issued a statement on Cardinal Egan late Thursday night:

"Cardinal Egan was a courageous leader of the Catholic Church:  in New York, on the national level and at the Vatican.  A gracious priest, he served the Church with great faithfulness, was an inspiration to others and was a friend to the Diocese of Buffalo, as evidenced by his presence last month for the 25th anniversary celebration for Bishop Edward Grosz.  He was a wise advisor to me and my brother bishops. May God grant him eternal rest."  


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"Consider this ... Wonders for your prayer life"
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Wonders for your prayer life

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New York State Catholic Conference outlines opposition to physician–assisted suicide
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by New York State Catholic Conference

Three bills in New York State, one in the Senate and two in the Assembly, if passed, would allow physicians to prescribe medication in doses lethal enough to end a patient’s life. Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywomen Amy Paulin and Linda Rosenthal are looking to add this new section the public health law.

With the notoriety of Brittany Maynard, the young California woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, physician-assisted suicide and “death-with-dignity” have been the subject of much debate. Maynard moved to Oregon where, under the law, she was allowed to end her life with the help of legally-prescribed medications.

In New York State, with the proposed bills from Savino, Paulin and Rosenthal, the Catholic Conference recently explained its opposition.

Legalizing physician-assisted suicide would blur longstanding medical, moral and legal distinctions between withdrawing extraordinary medical assistance and taking active steps to destroy human life. One lets people die a natural death; the other is the deliberate and direct act of hastening death.

It also undermines the physician’s role as healer, forever alters the doctor-patient relationship, and lessens the quality of care provided to patients at the end of life. Patients are best served when medical professionals, together with families and loved ones, provide support and care with dignity and respect, not lethal doses of drugs.

The American Medical Association holds a policy position against physician-assisted suicide, which they say is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role” and would be “difficult or impossible to control.”

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