10.8
California’s Right to Die Legislation Betray’s Its Progressive Principles

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A professor of medical ethics at Fordham writes in The Los Angeles Times about California’s decision to legalize doctor assisted suicide. “The poor, blacks, Latinos, and virtually every disability rights group are skeptical of assisted suicide.” Read the piece by Charles Camosy here: California’s Right to Die Legislation Betray’s Its Progressive Principles. What the Church teaches about end of life care here. Photos after the jump:

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5.4
Loneliness and Suicide

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Between 1999 and 2010 the suicide rate for middle aged men in the U.S, rose nearly 50 percent. And the breakdown of community (marriages, churches, etc.) is playing a role. Apart from other sources of meaning, many people come to think of their self-worth in terms of their net-worth. More in the New York TimesLoneliness and Suicide.

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2.1
Euthanasia’s Euphemisms

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Wesley J. Smith writes for First Things about the “death with dignity” movement. He writes, “When a social movement must rely on euphemisms to obfuscate its goals, it is a good bet that there is something wrong with its agenda.” Read his piece here: Euthanasia’s Euphemisms. More after the jump:

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11.23
In November the Church Remembers the Dead, Even the Dead the Rest of Us Wish to Forget

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In November the Church remembers the dead. “A prison sentence behind him and a lifetime of wanting just one drink ahead of him, he worked at odd jobs and tried to stay out of trouble. But trouble clung to Alfred, and, fearing he would never outrun or out drink or out last the pain, he killed himself one June night in his mother’s house.” Read the rest of the essay from our own Melissa Musick after the jump:

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