Restoration of the Christian Family and True Health Care

September 15, 2009

Having worked nearly 30 years in the intensive care unit setting, and having seen the evolution of this monstrous health care crisis, which germinated nearly a century ago with the contraceptive revolution, I will attempt to simply solve the crisis with an ounce of prevention rather than a trillion dollars of cure.

It will begin with holy sacramental marriages, and mothers migrating back to the home to take care of their children and the household. It will begin with children taking care of their elderly parents in the twilight of their lives. It will begin with the fostering of true religious vocations where holy nuns take care of the sick and elderly without cost, as Mother Teresa of Calcutta's nuns do. It will begin with cardinals, bishops, and priests who, like St. John the Baptist, condemn the errors of the Herods of this world, and not crucify little babies in the womb by honoring the Obamas and Kennedys of this world with honorary degrees and pomp-and-ceremony funerals. It will end with the restoration of the Christian family (not civil unions or perverse sodomite unions).

Hastening a human being's death is not assistance to suffering humanity but an abandonment. No treatment, or the withholding of treatment, should be the etiological cause of one's death, but only the direct result of the pathology, trauma, or disease. Murdering those with a poor quality of life or those with mild or severe cerebral anomalies by euphemisms such as "death with dignity," "quality of life," "brain death," "persistent vegetative state," "comatose," etc., will not lessen the gravity of the sin. No one is obligated to undergo extraordinary means to extend one's life, as long as these treatments will not ultimately bring about a reasonable probability of cure. However, hydration and nutrition, and any medicinal or therapeutic procedure that will facilitate health must be instituted.

While it is our duty to alleviate that pain which can be alleviated, death with dignity is not dying with sufficient opiates or quietly on a feather pillow, but having one's family and friends praying at your bedside while you are on your twelfth station of the Cross.

Richard Mahoney

Respiratory Therapist (225) 925-1599

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