ERD 59 posits that an adult patient’s free and informed judgment regarding the use or withdrawal of life-sustaining processes should be respected unless it deviates from Catholic moral teaching. ERD 60 dictates that catholic morality does not permit euthanasia. In contrast, rather than causing death to alleviate suffering, dying patients are offered spiritual and psychological support.
They also gain loving care and remedies for pain or other illness symptoms until they die naturally to afford them dignity. ERD 61 states that patients should be afforded consciousness to prepare for their death. Physicians should provide them with medication if they feel pain, despite its potential to lower their life as long as it is not intended to stimulate death. Individuals whose pain cannot be eradicated should use Christian teachings to discern redemptive suffering.