Paragraph 2279

2279. Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

85. Why did the Son of God become man?

134. How will the coming of the Lord in glory happen?

166. Why is the Church called “Catholic”?

226. What is the link between the sacraments and the Church?

446. Does the commandment of God, “You shall not make for yourself a graven image” (Exodus 20:3), forbid the cult of images?

141. What did the Holy Spirit accomplish in John the Baptist?

526. What relationship exists between truth, beauty and sacred art?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the importance of persevering in the faith, according to 2 John 1:8?

What does the Bible teach us about wisdom as a gift from God?

What does God’s sovereignty mean in Isaiah, and how does it ensure safety and protection for his people?

How the Annunciation Story Can Inspire Us to Trust God (Luke 1:26-38)

What is the importance of humility and repentance according to the book of Baruch?

How important is Jesus’ resurrection, and what can we learn from his appearance to the disciples?

Joseph’s story: How did God use Joseph’s story to fulfill his purposes?