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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    My mom and I were talking about this today. She said that the Catholics believe in keeping the body alive no matter what. My good friend felt that way about her mother before she died. I personally do not feel that way.
    Catholics don't believe that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Catholics don't believe that.
    I am sure not all do, but she has run into it a lot. I have also met some that do.

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    That's so weird. Because I live where there is a high population of Catholics and I've never met anyone who believes this. If they do it's not because of being Catholic as that is not in teachings.
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    I have never understood that either, but I do think that it depends on which church you go to. A good friend from our church lost her mom today. She found out she had stage 4 cancer 2 weeks ago, they gave her 6 months but she went down hill very fast. I met her yesterday with at a prayer breakfast and we all prayed fervently that the Lord would take her home soon. We didnt want to see her in pain any longer, and my friend was worried that her dad was over doing it. I dont know if our church is abnormal or not, but I have never seen people in my church clinging to a life that is almost over.
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    I am not Catholic so I did some digging and found this article that says that there are two predominate beliefs.

    End-of-Life Ethics: Preparing Now for the Hour of Death - Catholic Update August?2006

    1) “Life must almost always be sustained.” This position holds that the withdrawal of medically assisted nutrition and hydration cannot be ethically justified except in very rare situations. The fundamental idea for this position is the following: Remaining alive is never rightly regarded as a burden because human bodily life is inherently good, not merely instrumental to other goods. Therefore, it is rarely morally right not to provide adequate food and fluids.

    2) “Life is a fundamental but not absolute good.” This approach rejects euthanasia, judging deliberate killing a violation of human dignity. On the other hand, while it values life as a great and fundamental good, life is not seen as an absolute (as we saw in the section on scriptural foundations) to be sustained in every situation. Accordingly, in some situations, medically assisted nutrition and hydration may be removed.

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    Neither of those are what life support entails.
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    I should clarify, life support for needing feeding help is typical for short term.

    I don't think we're speaking of that in this instance. My thinking was that we're using life support because they have organ failure such as heart, breathing, brain activity...not because they can't, for example, digest food after surgery.
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    What I had been thinking of is someone who's mind is completely gone, but they can breath ext. on their own such as a long term coma patient. If you stopped feeding them, they would die. It is a huge debate in it of itself what to do in that situation. People can be on that kind of life support for 10 to 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    This isn't Canada.
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