Archbishop of Canterbury

The UK are tackling an Assisted Dying Bill while we fart around with NZ Flag Idol

The numbers exist in Parliament to do something about assisted death in New Zealand…but for the cowardice of the politicians.

We saw David Cunliffe force Maryan Street to withdraw her euthanasia bill because he didn’t want it to become an election focus, and Iain Lees-Galloway has done bugger all to progress his bill.

John Key lacks the courage to touch it as well…meanwhile in the UK they are upping pressure on politicians to act.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Daily Mail:

Let’s make no bones about it – the private member’s Assisted Dying Bill to be debated by Parliament next month is of major social significance for our nation. In offering legal safeguards, it would have implications both for medical staff dealing with the terminally ill, and for people at the point of a painful death, who want their passing to be compassionately eased so that they can die with dignity.

For years, like many in the Church, I was totally against any change in the law, believing that it was a slippery slope with potentially drastic consequences.

I argued it was taking the issue of autonomy too far and would lead to a massive breakdown of trust between doctors and their patients.

So what has led me to change my mind so that today I am persuaded – as a Christian – that the time has come to find a way to give terminally ill people a degree of choice over their end-of-life treatment, and request the help of physicians to allow them to die in peace and dignity?

Last year, in seeking my pastoral advice, a lady highlighted to me the kind of situation that drives people to take that despairing visit to the Dignitas euthanasia clinic in Zurich. Joan (that is not her real name) wrote to me about her act of assisting a close friend to die. Her friend, Margaret, was a woman suffering unbearable agonies, incontinence and helplessness as a result of multiple sclerosis. She ended up unable to move a finger, and begged Joan to help her die. She was too ill to travel to Switzerland. Read more »

Better than buggering little boys

Good grief…first word problems people, first world problems, still at least whining about insider trading in the Anglican Church is better than buggering little boys in the Catholic Church, so things are improving.

A British MP has raised the prospect of insider trading in the Church of England after a last-minute flurry of bets with bookmakers on Justin Welby becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury.

A string of bookmakers stopped taking money on the Bishop of Durham to succeed Dr Rowan Williams earlier this week after a sudden run of money on the favourite even before media reports that the decision was imminent.

Some good advice from the Archbishop

The Telegraph

The Archbishop of Canterbury has some good advice and he and his Church grapples with same-sex marriage. He is right…people do need to deal with their own feelings instead of projecting those feelings onto others. Weird, eh? Nope, not really, it is common sense…unless you are at peace with yourself you won’t be at peace with others:

Christians need to overcome their own feelings of embarrassment, shame and disgust about homosexuality, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted.

Dr Rowan Williams acknowledged that the Church was still “scratching its head” about where it stands on issues like same-sex marriage despite its vocal public opposition to the Government’s plan to legalise it.

In his most frank public comments to date on the subject, the Archbishop accepted that the Church was in a “tangle” over homosexuality.

On one hand many Christians may themselves be “wrestling” with their own sexuality while others appeared to display only strong feelings of revulsion, he said.

The issue of women bishops – due to come to a head at the Church of England’s General Synod in York next week – was another matter which helped give the impression that sex was “the only thing the Church is interested in”, he remarked.

His comments came during a discussion day for a group of Christian teenagers at Lambeth Palace.

The event – entitled “Help, my friends think I’m mad” – included discussions about how the Church is viewed by the outside world.

Acknowledging that many people view Christians as “weird, “mad” and “primitive” he told them: “As somebody who doesn’t spend all his time with other Christians, I’m quite conscious too of the fact that people think that I’m weird and we’re weird.”