Bishops release end-of-life decisions booklet

Published on April 5th, 2011

In an era of rapid medical advances, an aging population and myriad ethical questions surrounding the end of life, the New York State Bishops are offering a guide to Catholics to help them as they confront important decisions for themselves or their loved ones.

New York State Bishops release booklet on end-of-life decision making

In an era of rapid medical advances, an aging population and myriad ethical questions surrounding the end of life, the New York State Bishops are offering a guide to Catholics to help them as they confront important decisions for themselves or their loved ones.

Entitled, Now and at the Hour of Our Death: A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decision-Making, the 15-page booklet explains Church teaching in this area, stressing the crucial moral distinction between “ordinary” and “extraordinary” means of preserving life. In clear and familiar language, the guide informs Catholics that they “are not morally bound to prolong the dying process by using every medical treatment available.”

Following the discussion of Church teaching, the guide encourages Catholics to plan for the possibility of incapacitation at a later date by designating a health care proxy. A proxy form, which is included in the booklet, can be a morally appropriate advance care planning tool for Catholics to use to ensure that their end-of-life wishes are followed in accord with their religious beliefs.

The guide is published by the New York State Catholic Conference and was written with the input of a committee of moral theologians as well as the bishops, who approved the final document.

The booklet is available in PDF form. Hard copies are available as follows:
Single copy = No charge
2-99 copies = .75 each
100-399 = .60 each
400+ = .55 each

To order copies, call (518) 434-6195 or email us.

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