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The Southern Cross : March 2012
Page 14 March 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news YOUR CHURCH. YOUR INSURANCE. Caring for you and your property For more than 100 years, Catholic Church Insurances has been caring for the insurance needs of our church communities with trust and integrity. We care about people, not just property. Why Catholic Church Insurances? # When you purchase both home and contents you are eligible for a 10% discount* When the unthinkable happens our claims staff are trained to take you through the claims process in a calm and compassionate manner. For a competitive quote call 1300 655 003 catholicinsurances.com.au # transaction fees may apply. † Publication policies. 30 DAYS FREE COVER† If you purchase before call us on 1300 655 003 and mention the code word Publication' †Conditions apply. Legalising euthanasia would give the green light to an already "coarsening" and "lazy" society keen to kill rather than care for the sick, the elderly and the disabled, says a US priest who recently visited Adelaide and is fighting a push for voluntary euthanasia in his home state of Massachusetts. "I worry about people who are sick receiving the social message to just get on with it," Father Myles Sheehan SJ told The Southern Cross following a one-day seminar on "dying well" at The Monastery conference centre, at Glen Osmond, in January. "I worry about a coarsening of society, whereby the boundary of euthanasia is continually lowered so that people who are mentally challenged, or disabled, the elderly, all the people who are considered an inconvenience to us will be deemed appropriate candidates for euthanasia," he said. Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has repeatedly urged South Australians to voice their opposition to voluntary euthanasia following the introduction of a contentious Bill to the Legislative Council and Lower House in September 2010 to enable a patient's request to die. A trained and highly regarded physician in geriatric medicine, Fr Sheehan is provincial leader of the New England Province of Jesuits in north-eastern America, including the state of Massachusetts where euthanasia supporters are attempting to legalise physician-assisted death through a petition amendment to be submitted to the attorney general's office for the 2012 ballot. "We need to help improve the dying experience with compassionate care that involves excellent pain relief management, and attending to people's anxiety, their fears and psychological distress," said Fr Sheehan. He said more time and money needed to be invested in teaching the wider community that euthanasia was the product of a society "too lazy to help". "It's easier to kill people than to care for them," he said. Fr Sheehan served as senior associate Dean at the Stritch School of Medicine from 2000 to 2009 and also directed the Ralph P. Leischner Jr Institute for Medical Education. He maintained a practice in geriatric medicine and was named one of Chicago's top doctors yearly from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has developed the Recovering Our Traditions curriculum aimed at improving end-of-life care in the Catholic community. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1994. JESUIT JUSTICE: US Jesuit priest Father Myles Sheehan, who says the right to die well is the priority in campaigning against euthanasia. Quality care for dying By Rebecca DiGirolamo The often misunderstood relationship between science and faith will be explored in two seminar series being held Australia-wide from March 19 to 28. Beginning in Adelaide on March 19 at Tabor College, the seminar series aims to dispel the myth that we have to make a simplistic choice between science and faith. Seminars will run for 1.5 hours leaving ample time for questions and discussion. Key speakers will include Rev. Dr Graham Buxton, Rev. Dr Mark Worthing and Rev. Chris Mulherin; all highly respected educators and pastors. Register at www.taboradelaide.edu.au God and science Win Therry tickets The Southern Cross is offering readers the chance to win free admission for two to opening night of the Therry Dramatic Society's production Death by Chocolate. The Paul Freed comedy is being performed from March 22-31 at Arts Theatre, Angas Street. Directed by Ian Rigney, it combines all the ingredients of a classic murder mystery against the back drop of a health resort. To enter the competition, tell us what special event begins on Pentecost this year. Send your answer with your name and address to email@example.com or post to 39 Wakefield St, Adelaide 5000 by March 13. Correct entries will be placed in a lucky draw.