Life Issues

All life is sacred - a gift from God. This is why the Church opposes abortion (ending life in the womb) and Euthanasia (ending life before natural death).

Instead the Church believes all life should be cherished at all times. The Church endorses practical initiatives to help those in need including better palliative care for the terminally ill, and support for mothers-to-be.

FAQs on assisted suicide

Some frequently asked questions on Assisted Suicide and why the Church has always been against euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Ten reasons to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia

Our written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee Inquiry into Assisted Suicide, submitted in January 2023, offers ten clear reasons to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Bishop for Life Issues written submission to the Inquiry on Assisted Suicide 2023

Bishop John Sherrington, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee Inquiry into Assisted Dying/Assisted Suicide.

Church Teaching - End of Life Issues

Encyclicals, Church Teachings and letters from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith all with a focus on End of Life Issues

Prayers During Serious Illness

Prayers and Scripture for use in times sickness and death

The Centre for the Art of Dying Well

What do we mean when we talk about 'dying well'? This is one of life's greatest questions.

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute.

Living and Dying Well

Living and Dying Well researches and analyses the evidence surrounding the 'assisted dying' debate. Their aim is to present readers with reliable information on which to form their own views.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dying Well

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues.

Opposing the Assisted Dying Bill 2021

In 2021, a Private Members Bill on ‘Assisted Dying’ was introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Molly Meacher, then-Chair of Dignity in Dying. The bill officially fell when it ran out of time to pass the necessary steps in May 2022.