Archbishop’s MEDIA Release_End of Life Care in Western Australia


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By The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB
Archbishop of Perth
27 August 2018


“Please find attached a Pastoral Letter regarding the presentation of the End-of-Life Care Report in Western Australia by a Committee of Inquiry last week.

Over 700 submissions were received, including my own on behalf of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Perth. Less than 36 per cent of submissions favoured the introduction of some form of doctor-assisted suicide or euthanasia, but the Committee chose to recommend that laws to permit what it calls ‘voluntary assisted dying’ should be introduced.

The laws proposed in WA present a serious challenge to human dignity in this State.

I am asking you to please bring this Pastoral Letter to the attention of your people. It is free to copy and distribute as widely as possible.

It is also available on our Archdiocesan website by clicking here.”

Yours sincerely in Christ,

+Archbishop Costelloe SDB
Archbishop of Perth

Pastoral Letter PDF


“I write to you today on a matter of extreme importance to all Western Australians.”


We must be very clear that doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia are never acceptable in a truly compassionate society.”


“Doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia represent a surrender to despair.”


Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB DD +
Archbishop of Perth



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