Terminally-ill Roman Catholics in Metro Vancouver may not receive religious funeral services if they choose to have a doctor-assisted death.
Archdiocese of Vancouver spokesperson Paul Schratz says they have no plans of introducing guidelines to their priests like the Bishops of Alberta and Northwest Territories have.
“Ultimately it really does have to come down to the discretion of the pastor. He is the one who is working with the individual. He is the one who knows what’s going through their mind. Whether they are making this decision freely. That is where the difficulty comes in.”
Dying with Dignity Canada CEO Shanaaz Gokool says people shouldn’t be coerced into choosing between spiritual beliefs and their Charter right to an assisted death.