Murder disguised as mercy is gaining ground. This false mercy that heralded contraception and abortion was also behind Vincent Lambert's murder in France on Thursday.
Euthanasia in Greek literally means "good death." But Vincent Lambert didn't have a good death. He didn't ask to die. He didn't want to die. And dying the way he did by starvation and dehydration isn't a good death. It's a horrible way to die.
Lambert is yet one more casualty in the war on life. Terri Schiavo, Alfie Evans, Charlie Gard and millions of babies have likewise become casualties. Proponents of this Culture of Death are mowing down life with the sword of false mercy that's so often forged by Catholic prelates.
Church leaders, under the guise of false mercy, have allowed — by their silence — contraception, no-fault divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage and the reception of Holy Communion by those who commit such acts.
As well as for reasons of a misguided pity at the sight of the patient's suffering, euthanasia is sometimes justified by the utilitarian motive of avoiding costs which bring no return and which weigh heavily on society. Thus it is proposed to eliminate malformed babies, the severely handicapped, the disabled, the elderly, especially when they are not self-sufficient and the terminally ill.