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This week, the Assisted Dying Bill (UK) is to be debated in the House of Lords. Anglican churchmen like Lord Carey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are publicly supporting the bill to ensure that people die with dignity.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have asked the faithful to write to members of the House of Lords urging them to oppose the bill.

It seems that the Anglican leaders have lost their Christianity and forgotten the New Testament writings of St Paul. For anyone who is in any doubt, assisted dying or euthanasia is morally wrong, opposes the natural order and is an abominable misinterpretation of the commandment to love one another.

St Paul writes in his first letter to the community at Corinth: ‘Do you not realise you are a temple of God with the Spirit of God living in you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy; and you are that temple.’ (1 Cor 3:16-17)

and verse 18 clearly states: ‘There is no room for self-delusion.’

Catholics should also refer to the Catechism: CCC 2276-2283.

We let it happen before with the Abortion Act of 1967 which was meant to deter back street abortionists but instead allowed butchers to work in our hospitals and private clinics to murder millions of innocent babies whilst leaving a multitude of women with life-long psychological problems. Are we to let the horrors of history repeat itself?

Catholics and others who call themselves Christians must fast and pray that this bill never becomes law in our country.