Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) President Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco on Monday said the CEI was "not a little concerned" about living-will bills now before parliament along with other end-of-life issues.
He said they "make life a good ultimately entrusted to the
complete self-determination of the individual".
Bagnasco said the implications "on informed consent, planning
treatment and advance declaration of treatment" were "very
delicate and extremely controversial".
"Vital support such as assisted hydration and nutrition, for
example, would be placed on a par with therapies, which can
always be interrupted.
"We believe that the answer to the questions of meaning that
envelope suffering and death cannot be found with simplistic or
procedural solutions; the Constitutional safeguarding of health
and life must remain not only as an ideal reference, but also as
a concrete commitment of support and accompaniment".
Bagnasco also urged parliament to pass family-friendly
measures and said there was great "pain for the priest abuse
scandal but the Church is healthy".