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Luc Ferry: "Three philosophies of the end of life"

2022-09-28T18:24:06.482Z

CHRONICLE - It is clear that between them, no conciliation is possible. Christian theology, very clear on the subject, has always shown itself hostile to euthanasia as to assisted suicide. The typical modern ideal of a gentle and rapid death, if possible during one's sleep, even accompanied by a few drugs, is not that of the Church. As the great historian of the Middle Ages, Philippe Ariès, has shown, in ancient times people feared death itself less than what was supp



Christian theology, very clear on the subject, has always shown itself hostile to euthanasia as to assisted suicide.

The typical modern ideal of a gentle and rapid death, if possible during one's sleep, even accompanied by a few drugs, is not that of the Church.

As the great historian of the Middle Ages, Philippe Ariès, has shown, in ancient times people feared death itself less than what was supposed to follow it, so that the agony, far from having to be cut short, was an opportunity to make peace with yourself, others and your God.

As the official Vatican catechism says in the same vein, not only are we not the owners of our lives, but illness can

"make the person more mature, help him to discern in his life what is not the essential to turn to what is essential.

Very often, illness provokes a search for God, a return to him”.

And under these conditions, interrupting this process would be disastrous: what are…

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Source: lefigaro

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