Media Release 24th January 2016
New Zealand is a Christian country and our founding fathers recognised that all authority came from God. They passed laws defending life from conception to natural death based on Judeo-Christian principles. Laws prohibiting assisting in suicide and homicide are immutable and must not be changed.
The Christian Churches in New Zealand including, the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Church and the Salvation Army and others, are totally opposed to the law being changed to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.
God is the author of life We are but stewards of that life and He commands us in the Fifth Commandment not to kill.
We note that on every sitting day, the speaker of the House commences proceedings with a prayer to God. The prayer acknowledges that all authority comes from God and that the deliberations of Parliament should give honour and glory to God. The prayer is a salient reminder of the place of Parliament in the Creator’s plan for the pursuit of a just society and the promotion of a culture of life. The prayer reads;
We Humbly acknowledging our need for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private and personal interests, we beseech Thee to grant that we may conduct the affairs of this House and of our country to the glory of Thy holy name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the honour of the Queen, and the public welfare, peace, and tranquillity of New Zealand, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
.The Catholic Church has always condemned Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide which is a violation of the fifth commandment ‘thou shalt not kill’. A Declaration on euthanasia issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Faith in Rome on 5 May 1980 states;
- “No-one is permitted to ask for this act of killing, either for himself or herself or for another person entrusted to his or her care.”
- “…nor can he or she consent to it, either explicitly or implicitly.”
- “It is necessary to state firmly once more that nothing and no one can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a foetus or an embryo, an infant or an adult, an old person, or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying.”
The Inter-Church Bioethics Council represents the Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in New Zealand, in a media release in March 2013 stated;
“The ICBC would not support legislation for decriminalising or legalising physician-assisted suicide or active euthanasia. Instead, we advocate recognising that death is a natural part of life, and that it is extremely important for skilled palliative care to be made freely available to all of those who suffer to enable them to die well.”
Right to Life requests that Parliament upholds our Christian heritage, by listening to our spiritual leaders, reject a culture of death represented by euthanasia and uphold a culture of life.
Right to Life.
Phone 03 3856111.