The idea of physician-assisted suicide is a direct and potentially lethal blow to the whole self-understanding of the medical profession. It all of a sudden finds itself in the position not of healing, but of killing. I think a lot of doctors who have reflected upon this philosophically recognize that it is a truly radical assault upon the very self-understanding of Western medicine.
In legal parlance, that is called 'the rational person test,' ... That's where somebody else says, 'Even though we have no idea what this person would want in this circumstance in which they cannot themselves tell us what they want, a 'rational' person -- meaning, myself -- in that circumstance would want to die.' So you move very quickly from so-called voluntary euthanasia to involuntary euthanasia. These legal and medical developments are not simply hypothetical They're in the courts right now.
There can be little doubt that over the centuries that there have been great priests, bishops - and maybe even popes - who by today's criterion would be deemed homosexual in orientation, ... It's not the nature of one's temptations - be they sexual or something else - it's how to deal with these temptations.
One example is Roe v. Wade. The lethal logic of Roe v. Wade is that nobody has rights that we are bound to respect if they cannot effectively assert those rights. They are at the mercy and the discretion of those who can effectively assert their rights. We're not talking simply about the unborn, we're talking about the aged, the radically handicapped, the deformed.
It's very devious and insidious to see how -- once one permits a departure from the notion of the inherent good of life and the responsibilities that are owed to life -- that then it becomes very difficult to answer the question, 'Why not kill a person' ... People don't like to have the comparison made because it rightly makes all of us very uneasy, but there are some very striking analogies to what is happening now among us here in the United States and the Third Reich, Nazi Germany.