Dear People of God,
As you may know, California is again faced with another physician assisted suicide bill. The Hemlock Society (now renamed Compassion and Choices) has not only generated a bill (SB 128 — “The End of Life Option Act”) but also intends to present an initiative to the public if this legislation fails.
Bishop Kevin Vann believes we have a very good chance of defeating SB 128 in committee – or failing that, in the senate itself. He is asking all parishioners and friends in the Diocese of Orange to register their opposition with our state senators and legislators. Anyone can go to the California Catholic Conference site — www.cacatholic.org – and click on the red icon which says “Urge a ‘No’ Vote on Assisted Suicide” – and simply follow the prompts.
The Presbyteral Council of our Diocese, at their meeting last month, suggested that this topic is so important that all should preach on it on the weekend of March 21/22. I am planning on doing so. Know that Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback has agreed to join Bishop Vann in solidarity and in delivering this message too.
I thank you in advance for listening to this important message
Yours in Christ,
For more information on the church’s postion on assisted suicide, please click below:
Bishop Kevin Vann’s Euthanasia Homily.