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Medical killing dries up support for palliative care

Mark Pickup
July 25, 2016

A monstrous notion has become law. Assisting the suicides of sick and disabled Canadians is legally permitted. It is now a new right - the right to death. The pied pipers of this new right use misleading euphemisms such as "medical assistance in dying" (MAID). A more accurate, precise and honest description of this new reality is "medical killing."

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Dark new chapter in Canadian history begins in June

Mark Pickup
May 16, 2016

In early June, Canada will enter a new dark chapter in its history: Legalized medical killing by euthanasia and assisted suicide. As the law is being prepared for passage, I was invited to give input to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. (The assisted suicide bill is euphemistically labelled "medical assistance in dying.") I wish with all my heart things had not come to this point where medical killing is being legalized for suicidal sick and disabled people whose deaths are, as the bill states, "reasonably foreseeable" (whatever that means).

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Superficial trendiness ignores the authority of traditions

Mark Pickup
April 18, 2016

Every city has its hip area with trendy shops offering locally made trinkets and markets for vendors of organically grown produce. In Edmonton, it is Old Strathcona. Accountants and stockbrokers who wear power suits Monday to Friday may transform on Saturday into hipsters in faded jeans, t-shirts and bandanas around their heads or floppy straw hats to saunter around Whyte Avenue.

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Covenant Health hospitals protect the sanctity of life

Mark Pickup
March 7, 2016

In my last column I wrote that I was preparing to deliver a keynote address on physician-assisted suicide at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Since then, I delivered that speech. I told the American audience about Canada's hideous Supreme Court decision requiring that physician-assisted suicide be made available across the nation. Not only were people stunned that our Supreme Court would do such a thing, they were appalled to learn about the broad parameters of the high court's low decision.

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Canada takes a wrong turn on road of life

Mark Pickup
January 25, 2016

The Life Issues Office for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., asked me to speak to the Adult and Family Rally and Mass just prior to the 2016 U.S. national March for Life on Jan. 22. I will speak at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. It is a privilege to be invited to speak again in the U.S. capital. It marks a highlight in my pro-life advocacy that has spanned more than 30 years.

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Christmas fulfills promise to Adam and Eve

Mark Pickup
December 21, 2015

St. Ignatius was bishop of Antioch overseeing first century Syrian Christians and was a disciple of the Apostle John. He wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus as he was being transported to Rome to face wild beasts in the arena. Ignatius wrote, "For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord with God's plan: of the seed of David, it is true, but also of the Holy Spirit."

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Depression can spur suicide or renewal of life's priorities

Mark Pickup
November 23, 2015

The headline blazed up on my computer screen: "Suicide rates are highest for men in their 50s and we're not sure why." The news story by a CBC reporter quoted Minnesota-based psychologist Dr. Dan Reidenberg who posed an important question: "What is causing the coping skills to fall apart and not work the way they did before?" What indeed? The rate of suicide among this age group of men is increasing.

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The Eucharist offers us eternal salvation

Mark Pickup
October 26, 2015

During the Great Depression my grandfather was, among other things, a travelling Presbyterian preacher throughout southern Alberta. I have stacks of his meticulous sermon notes, some handwritten on cardboard, most typed with his ancient Corona typewriter on scraps of paper yellowed with age now after so many decades. I got a hint of the poverty of the 1930s by noticing he had to make his own binder out of a discarded advertising board for Hersey chocolate. (He made do with materials he could find.)

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Feeling unloved? Fear not. Christ loves you and always will

Mark Pickup
September 28, 2015

English writer and broadcaster Claire Rayner (1931-2010) said: "Only the unloved and unloving escape grief." That is not entirely true. I reserve comment about the unloving, other than to say if they do not know grief in this world, they will certainly know it in the next. The unloved live in grief of the forsaken or the forgotten. There is nothing more tragic than being unloved.

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Idolatry of self allows culture of death to invade Canada

Mark Pickup
August 31,2015

Every abortion in Canada is paid for with tax dollars. As morally outrageous as abortion acceptance is, what adds obscene insult to moral injury is the paying for abortions with our tax dollars (without our consent). Then in late July 2015, the abortion pill RU-486 was quietly approved by Health Canada. Although women will need a prescription to obtain it, a whole new phase of early abortion is about to begin in 2016. It will be a secret killing, under the radar so to speak.

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