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Pontifical Academy for Life Members’ Support for Assisted Suicide Draws Criticism

Bohumil PetrikCardinal Willem Eijk, shown attending a press conference at the Friezenkerk, on Oct. 23, 2015, is defending Church teaching on the dignity of life in the wake of recent articles by fellow members of the Pontifical Academy of Life.

Cardinal Willem Eijk, a medical doctor and a member of the academy, firmly rejected the support, saying assisted suicide and euthanasia both bear ‘the same moral responsibility’ in carrying out a murder.