Commercial: Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide (Rational)

The first television, Internet and radio commercials are out from the Committee Against Assisted Suicide, whose PR campaign is being run by Rasky Baerlein.  These started running this week.

Click here for the first radio ad.

Though BCI does not exactly hold Rasky Baerlein in the highest regard for reasons covered here before (and their management ranks are filled with former Joe Biden campaign people), we think these ads–clearly intended to appeal a secular audience–are well-done.

We need to defeat this evil ballot measure, so spread the word about the ads to friends and family members.

16 Responses to Commercial: Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide (Rational)

  1. Michael says:

    Nice ad but we’re not selling coke and we’re not really trying to “win” just for the sake of it. If you are a marketing professional, this video may appeal to you, but if your a serious Catholic, this video ought to make you throw up.

    If we don’t convince people about the moral evil, then we have failed. So I disagree that this hip campaign-style ad is good.

    How about O’Malley standing up and stating what HE thinks about PAS. Is it right or is it wrong? Why do we need an ad agency? Did Thomas More have an ad agency? What a fool he was.

    Cardinal O’Malley, I have a question for you. What should Catholics do? Why is he not screaming at the top of his lungs?

    Possible answers:
    a. He didn’t realize it was his place to do so,
    b. He’s a democrat,
    c. He’s a coward,
    d. He never asked (and doesn’t want) to be a Cardinal,
    e. These types of issues depress him,
    f. He is highly medicated and under someone else’s “CONTROL,”
    g. He can’t say what he thinks because it just might offend someone or worse … i.e., 501(c)(3) is a brilliant tool to suppress free speech and the free exercise of religion (Just imaging what could happen if the big bad IRS came and took all of our stuff away!).

    Putting aside the substance and the moral impact, do you realize how much money the ad agency has confiscated by making this ad? That money could have been far better spent on people who have devoted their lives to the Church (you know, people like Mary Muchas Gracias O’Neill and her cracker jack staff of highly paid, well dressed, well fed professionals).

  2. Stephen says:

    I’m having trouble getting motivated with this MD assisted suicide thing. Why is this even an issue for Catholics? Isn’t this just the latest manifestation of the centuries old hemlock of Socrates?

    Can’t Catholics simply opt-out of the death pills as we opt-out of the abortificient pill? Even more, perhaps seek out and befriend a few of the terminally ill and tell them they are loved by God and you?

    If the RCAB can’t seem to get solidly on the right side of the ‘abortion debate’ (as if there is a Debate) with a little zeal it seems a bit disingenuous to be raising a stink over this.

    I visited a friend at Mass General this week.
    He requested a priest and it took three days to see one.

    • Stephen, Helping people kill themselves is morally wrong. Besides that, the bill is critically flawed. Read the recent columns in The Pilot or Liz Walker’s column in the Boston Globe today. It is just another advancement for the culture of death. BTW, have you not noticed the erosion in conscience protection and religious freedom protections lately?

      The lameness exhibited by the RCAB in opposing abortion is not a reason to not oppose assisted suicide. Last BCI checked, two wrongs do not make a right.

    • Mack says:

      Stephen, it’s a question of what’s happening in the wider culture. As Catholics we have to move the culture, as far as we can, in the direction of life. We can’t simply “opt out” of the culture we’re living in, for whether we want it to or not, it WILL affect us. And many others as well.

      • Stephen says:

        Move the culture? A little anthropological insight may be in order. The Bark of St. Peter moves through the ocean of the pagan world seeking to rescue those lost, in order to bring them to salvation.

        Seeking to change the nature of the ocean is foolhardy.

        Strengthen the ship, a storm is coming.

      • Stephen, When you disagree with another reader who posts comments here, you seem to have a pattern of doing so, not by just telling them you disagree and why, but rather, by lobbing insults or attacks, or telling them you think they are foolish or stupid. We keep telling you that is not acceptable, and yet you continue doing it. Do you communicate verbally to your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors or fellow parishioners in a similarly abrasive, antagonistic, and insulting way? If you do this again here, your future comments will be permanently moderated.This is our last warning.

        As applies to this situation, of course Catholics seek to rescue lost souls and lead them to salvation. But your suggestion that any broad effort at communicating Catholic moral views in the public square to try and impact the culture of death or public policy is “foolhardy” does not make sense. That would suggest you think, for example, that what Fr. Frank Pavone is doing with Priests for Life is “foolhardy.”

  3. ANNE says:

    CCC: ” 2324 Intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. ”

    CCC: ” 2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.
    Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.”

    Also see: 2278 & 2279 for additional Church teaching.

  4. Stephen says:

    Thanks for your feedback.
    Yes, clearly a culture of death issue. These are uncharted territories for the Church, but the pro-life pacifist approach has gotten us here.
    I’m just wonder about this ‘engaging the political process’ stuff.
    Giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. The mission of keeping a seat at the cultural table has turned the American Church into a parody. To many in the culture, at best we have become a quaint club of sorts.

    The Cardinal sits in a discussion circle on the issue? Where the hell is the dignity of his God given position? It looked like a community waiting to organized. How about grabbing the podium and teaching about the meaning of charity…and make it brief!

    Today Heroin/opiate overdoses are at a 2 deaths / day rate in Massachusetts. No town hall on that?

    Any Doctor who tells a person ‘you have ____ days/weeks/months to live’ should be kicked in the groin to remind him that he/she is not God. Priests with balls used to roam the halls and do this kind of thing.

    “…Helping people kill themselves is morally wrong”
    Fair enough, I’ll remember that next time a homeless person wants to bum a cigarette.

  5. Stephen says:

    It has been reported that 91 % of Downs Syndrome babies are aborted in the U.S. Sex selection abortions are now regularly taking place in the U.S.

    Abortion is the defining issue of our time.

    Think with Rome, not Braintree.

    Could you define Intentional euthanasia VS unintentional euthanasia?

    Then ask me why I prefer the Baltimore.

  6. ANNE says:

    I already supplied the paragraph numbers for the answer you seek.

    CCC: ” 2278 Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment.
    Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted.
    The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected. ”


    CCC: ” 2279 Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted.
    The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged. ”

    Stephen, you can prefer what you want but you do not know better than both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict.
    It does not matter to me what you personally think, so don’t bother.

    All, please go to:
    or search: ” What Catholics REALLY Believe SOURCE ” for more info on the CCC, including a short video from Dr. Scott Hahn and a link to Vatican for plenary indulgence info regarding the “Year of Faith”.

  7. Stephen says:

    Foolhardy means reckless or without regard for the possible consequences. So for example; Cardinal Dolan’s glad-handing of Obama – the abortion president – is foolhardy.

    Re: October 20, 2012 at 9:53 am
    You said “Do you communicate verbally to your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors or fellow parishioners in a similarly abrasive, antagonistic, and insulting way?”

    If I had any feelings I think you may have just hurt them.
    I find great consolation in that Michael Voris receives constant and similar feedback. The flaccid feminized katholic church needs to die a painful death and return to the hell from which it has come.

    My response is:
    1. You Sir, are a woman
    2. Strong language is not foul language.
    3. Consider the venue and the mission at hand.
    4. You do not know, what you do not know.
    5. I will give BCI one more chance –
    Ask me to leave and not return immediately and I will,
    Or I will continue to let ‘my little light of mine’ shine here on BCI
    and pledge to one comment or less/ posting

    Re; Fr. Pavone and his work. There are Catholics who think showing his proven- effective life saving graphic signs are more of a sin than abortion itself. These people are stupid and they set official church pro-life policy in Boston. Yes stupid, or complicit, you pick.

    2008 OBAMA + nation = Abomination
    2012 FORWARD = Forewarned

    Re; broad efforts, public square, public policy.
    The USA is one of four nations world wide where abortion through the ninth month is legal. We join China, North Korea and Canada.
    The Church of Rome officially considers us missionary territory.

    Anxiously awaiting your reply to #5 above.

    • Stephen,

      Thanks for your thoughtful response. BCI is very familiar with and supportive of the work of Priests for Life and Fr. Pavone. We think it is rather clear and undisputable that they are trying to both save souls and change the culture–and we are no doubt in violent agreement that his efforts are not “foolhardy.” We post videos from Michael Voris from time to time and are supportive of what he is doing. We also voiced our criticism of the Al Smith dinner.

      Mack said, “As Catholics we have to move the culture, as far as we can, in the direction of life. We cant simply opt out of the culture were living in, for whether we want it to or not, it WILL affect us. And many others as well.” To that, you responded, “Move the culture?…The Bark of St. Peter moves through the ocean of the pagan world seeking to rescue those lost, in order to bring them to salvation. Seeking to change the nature of the ocean is foolhardy.”

      It makes no sense why you would dismiss the comment and opinion by Mack as “foolhardy” when a) he is correct, and b) you support other Catholics who are doing the same thing he suggested.

      The huge majority of people reading and commenting on BCI are like-minded faithful Catholics who believe what the Catholic Church teaches (as handed down by the Magisterium), and are frustrated by inaction of the Boston Archdiocese to practice, defend and advance Catholic teachings both within the archdiocese and in the public square. BCI does not see it as productive for one faithful Catholic to dismiss or insult another when you are actually on the same side of an issue and the “enemy” is on the other side.

  8. Stephen says:

    I am glad Catholic folks feel strongly about question 2.
    As I said to one physician who is heroically fighting the question; “Isn’t it just another death pill like the abortifacient one that Doctor’s have been prescribing for a generation?” He was mute.

    What is the Church militants proper role today in the U.S. and what relationship to the culture of death is best suited to save souls? I say the answer is to strengthen the actual Catholic sub-culture rather than party with the pagans, as if there is any reality in that Cardinal Dolan was hoping for the conversion of Obama at the recent banquet. It sends a mixed message, because it is two different messages. I believe one to be foolhardy. We don’t change the culture we offer an alternative to it.

    St. John the Baptist was a dinner guest of Herod. The main course? His head served on a platter.

    They expected a community organizer, messiah and king. What they got was the perfect man turned into a sacrificial lamb. Should we continue the dialogue with Pontius Pilate, or do we shake the dirt from our sandals and continue on with the soul saving work of conversion? There is a true dichotomy here.

    A second Obama term will surely prove this point.
    You’ll will get your federally funded death pill guaranteed.
    Obama pledged to lift the Mexico City policy that banned U.S. funding of abortion in foreign countries. He did just that.

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