Paragraph 2278

2278. Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

463. How should authority be exercised in the various spheres of civil society?

69. How do the soul and body form a unity in the human being?

14. What is the relationship between Tradition and Sacred Scripture?

431. What purpose do the precepts of the Church have?

496. What is the meaning of the conjugal act?

447. How does one respect the holiness of the Name of God?

45. Can the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity be known by the light of human reason alone?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

How does Lamentations address the issue of human suffering?

What was the religious reform implemented by King Hezekiah and how did it impact the history of Judah?

The Beatitudes: Understanding Their Meaning and Importance (Matthew 5:3-11)

What is the importance of gratitude and contentment according to the book of Ecclesiastes?

What is the importance of Christian discipline according to 1 Corinthians 9:24-27?

How does Esther’s story tell the Jewish people’s story of redemption?

What is God’s judgment on corruption and oppression according to Micah 3:1-4?