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On the Duty of Ecclesiastical Office Holders to listen to the Faithful


In 2016 the Canadian Government created a regulatory framework legalizing medical assistance in dying (MAID) for persons with a “grievous and irremediable medical condition” and “unbearable physical or mental suffering from illness, disease, disability or state of decline that cannot be relieved under conditions that [one] consider acceptable.” In 2021 access to MAID was extended to persons whose death is not immediately foreseeable, including those who fear losing mental capacity to direct their caregivers through advanced directives to permit MAID.

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