Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey supports assisted suicide bill

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Former Archbishop George Carey publicly voiced his support for assisted suicide ahead of a British Parliament debate about the issue on July 18, 2014.

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Former Archbishop George Carey publicly voiced his support for assisted suicide ahead of a British Parliament debate about the issue on July 18, 2014.

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(RNS) Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey, who unexpectedly intervened saying it would not be “anti-Christian” to believe that terminally ill people should be allowed to die with dignity, supports the new bill.

  • rob

    thou shall not murder

    but then itchy ears no loner care what God said.

    pastors once again are serving there own belly’s LIKE DURING Luther’s day.

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Whatever became of that Church of England that claimed to be part of the Catholic Church Universal??? There was a time that much of the Church of England prided itself on its being at one with both the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches in their rootedness in Apostolic Tradition.
    Now, the Church of England looks more and more like an idol worshipper of secular culture. The real suicide going on is that of Western Civilization as Islam becomes the strong religion of choice for many as the West embraces death (abortion,etc.) and sterile marriage.

  • ronald

    The proposed bill is a disaster. The terminally ill have no right to slip away peacefully in a morphine haze. God wants them to suffer in prolonged agony until He calls them home, and the state’s role is to fulfill God’s will. Enough of this secular nonsense! What about God’s rights?

    I’ll tell you one thing: these heathens might think they are winning by taking the easy way out and skipping past the portion of misery God Almighty has allotted them, but they’ll be in for a rude awakening when they emerge from the morphine dope-state and find that their new surroundings are a bit TOO HOT FOR COMFORT!!!!!

  • Larry

    So you don’t have a rational argument against it other than saying, “My God wants people to suffer at the end of their lives”.

    Good to know.

  • Larry


    Weren’t Anglicans and Catholics murdering each other over sectarian differences for the last 450 years?

  • Liz

    @ Ronald,

    Two points to make:

    1) If you think you deserve so much pain just because YOUR god wants it that way, it is absolutely within your right to die painfully and horribly. I have no problem with your choice. But why should I give rat’s ass about what YOUR god wants of me when MY compassionate god, Flying Spaghetti Monster, has no desire for his creatures to suffer from such unnecessary pain? It should be also within my right to die peacefully and with dignity. It is none of your or your god’s business.

    2) Let’s just say it’s true that it is YOUR god’s divine plan that you should suffer. Why in the world would you worship such a sadistic and monstrous god? You might want to consider shopping for more merciful and compassionate brand of god(s), unless you are an incurable masochist.

  • Neon Genesis

    I find it amusing all these holier than thou conservatives defending their anti-euthanasia position by saying it’s a sin and murder yet they worship Jesus who willingly committed suicide on the cross.

  • Larry Meza

    This is a difficult and complex issue especially for any thoughtful Christian. the Bible is certainly not crystal clear on this. And it certainly can’t be justified by simply saying it has always been done that way in the church, hence Christian tradition.

    As a Christian, one of my fears is that it might weaken the will of others (as in the cluster of teen suicides) so that our entire society may eventually find all suicide more acceptable. Of course that will take time… But that is my fear.

    Having said that I am unable to take a strong stand either way though I am inclined toward assisted suicide FOR THE TERMINALLY ILL. but I have also met people given six months to live that lived much longer… Sometimes even years longer.

  • Elledra

    It may be difficult for people to always get these issues at a certain gut level unless they are facing the consequences soon for themselves–for instance, facing a condition that could lead to death (of oneself or a loved one, at any time of life) or now having to think about death because of older age. Maybe that’s why Ramsey, now older, has changed his mind and why Tutu also holds the views he has. At their age the issue is not dogma that must automatically be enforced, but involves upcoming experiences that will arrive sooner rather than later. (I speak as a person in late middle age who can myself see these experiences in the distance . . .) The decisions regarding what to do at the end of life will always vary, but I’d argue that, in terminal cases, there should at least be the option to choose to die a little sooner rather than a little later.

    Regarding the RNS comment sections: could we PLEASE stop turning every discussion into a fight over Christianity vs. Atheism? (One consisting pretty much of participants–you know who you are–sticking their tongues out at each other and saying ‘Nyah!’) Geez, it’s getting boring! You know that nobody’s gonna change their views with that approach. Since we’re all big girls and boys, could we just play nice and actually discuss the articles?

  • Liz Levesque

    Good for Justin Welby. So far he has it right. Former archbishop Carey skating on thin ice.

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