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Bishop of Portsmouth urges Guernsey Catholics to reject assisted suicide

The Bishop of Portsmouth is urging people living on an island in the English Channel to resist an attempt to allow assisted suicide.

Bishop Philip Egan criticised proposals to decriminalise assisted suicide on the island of Guernsey, part of his diocese.

In a letter read out in Guernsey parishes last weekend, Bishop Egan said he wished to appeal to all people of goodwill “to overturn this grim proposal.”

“Let there be no death clinics in Guernsey,” Bishop Egan said. “I appeal to Catholics to mobilise. Speak out against this proposal. It is never permissible to do good by an evil means.”

The bill scheduled to be considered by legislators in May is “fundamentally subversive, horrific and dangerous, however well-intentioned,” he said in his letter.

Picture: Bishop Philip Egan.