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Vatican Official Condemns Brittany Maynard's Decision To Take Her Own Life, Calls Death With Dignity An 'Absurdity'

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Unfortunately, we can't say we're surprised by this backlash.

Though many people expressed their love and support after Brittany Maynard chose to end her life on November 1st, there are some people who were NOT happy with her decision, like Vatican official, Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula.

[ Brittany Maynard Has Sadly Ended Her Battle With Brain Cancer, Activist & Inspiration To Many Passes Away At Age 29 ]

Brittany, who became a death with dignity advocate after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, was recently condemned by the official in an interview with an Italian news agency. He called the decision an "absurdity."

Monsignor Ignacio explained:

"This woman took her own life thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error. Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and toward those around us."

While Maynard is no longer here to defend herself, Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera, a board member of Compassion & Choices has stood up on her behalf:

"Brittany Maynard was not Catholic. People of faith are free to follow their own beliefs and consciences. But it is wrong to use the police power of government to impose a set of religious beliefs on people who do not share them. It is not the American way."

We think Rev Castuera brings up some great points, especially his position that people should be free to follow their own beliefs and consciences.

Though it's clear there will always be disagreements over his hot-button issue, one thing is clear: Brittany was a lovely person who deserves to rest in peace.

[Image via CNN/AP Images.]

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11 comments to “Vatican Official Condemns Brittany Maynard's Decision To Take Her Own Life, Calls Death With Dignity An 'Absurdity'”



  1. 1

    It is pretty clear by her actions that she did not want to 'rest in peace'. She wanted to stir controversy and bring much needed attention to this important issue. The more people talk about it the better. Good for her.

  2. Jordy says – reply to this


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    First off, stop posting these negative stories about her! It's no ones place to whine about her decision. It's done. Move on. It's ridiculous and rude for you to continue to spread these hateful articles about a woman just trying to do something right by her and her family and hopefully help others. And frog up there. It's not your place to dissect her reason behind it. To take her desire to no longer have extremely painful seizures daily, and twist it to controversy.



  3. 3

    To put it simply, I don't believe anyone has the authority to tell anyone else what the meaning and purpose of life is, in absolute terms, and how it ought to be lived. Point blank. Side note: It would be very easy to make a retort regarding the "absurdity" of Catholicism right now (a certain sacrament springs to mind) but I don't feel like being a dick today so I digress.

  4. Cory says – reply to this


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    Since when is the Vatican God ? Someone please tell me when that happened.

  5. Esin Emko says – reply to this


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    The Catholic church is responsible for more death and destruction than any other entity in the history of the world.
    Its representatives just need to shut up.

  6. me says – reply to this


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    Umm, no! The Vatican itself is an absurdity!! How about they do something about their pedophile priest and then come judge people on what they decide to do with their lives!!!! Idiots.

  7. MichJB says – reply to this


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    Not everyone believes the simple minded things that the Catholic church has been force feeding billions of people for hundreds of years. The last group I would take moral advice from is a shady group that is responsible for so much death and destruction through their fanatical beliefs.

  8. I'm with stupids says – reply to this


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    I blame all the atheists elite of this world for the last wars in the world, because Yes, it is no longer the Catholic religion that prevails nowadays…

  9. ScottInSFBay says – reply to this


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    No, telling people you've never met how to manage their lives is 'absurd,' you stupid fucktard Monsignor. Brittany had every right to end her own life and judging her is pointless. As is the entire Catholic religion.

  10. pixie34578 says – reply to this


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    It's not anyone's choice but her's. She did what was best for her, why should she suffer? She was already dying she just did it on her terms, not cancers.

  11. nanananasnickers says – reply to this


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    life said "no" to her! God is the judge. not you!