Sunday, January 16, 2005

Euthanasia and the CoE

According to today's Telegraph, one of the Archbishop of Canterbury's senior advisers has said that there is a 'very strong compassionate case' for mercy killing.
Canon Robin Gill, a professor of modern theology at the University of Kent, insisted that people who help terminally ill relatives who are in great pain to end their lives should not be prosecuted.
"The archbishop's choice of Prof Gill represents a willingness to enter into a more constructive dialogue than before about this important issue. We hope that it will encourage other members of the clergy to speak out in support," said Deborah Annetts, the chief executive of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.
A spokesman for the Church of England last night distanced it from Prof Gill's views. They did not reflect those of anyone else in the church, he said.

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