Catholic Church Hosting Conference With Doctor Who Supports Euthanasia

Arch Gomez

( – On Friday, February 7, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles is hosting Ira Byock, M.D. as keynote speaker at the Caring for the Whole Person Conference. This is an all-day conference also featuring Archbishop Jose Gomez. This is NOT a pro-life conference.

Dr. Byock, a palliative care physician, supports VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking) and terminal sedation, with the intention to cause death, as “alternatives for patients, families, and clinicians who are morally opposed to physician-assisted suicide.” (

Dr. Byock’s stance is utterly contrary to the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church, which defines euthanasia is “an act or an omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering” and teaches that this this is a “murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.” CONTINUE