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Doctor-prescribed suicide addressed at MCFL Assembly for Life


Rev. Eugene Rivers III addresses the Interfaith Assembly for Life Jan. 24 at Faneuil Hall. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe

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BOSTON -- In spite of several inches of snowfall in the Boston area the day before, Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) held its 43rd annual Interfaith Assembly for Life, Jan. 24, at Faneuil Hall.

Speakers at the two hour long event included Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy, Rev. Toni Kim, Don Feder, Pauline Morris, and Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III. Live music was provided by Patricia and Erik Anthony and Helen Cross, and Jeanine Graf acted as the emcee.

In addition to the traditional theme of abortion, a number of speakers at this year's assembly spoke about the dangers of the growing trend of legalized doctor-prescribed suicide.

Following a welcome by MCFL president Anne Fox, Bishop Kennedy, episcopal vicar of the New Evangelization of the archdiocese, spoke on the growing acceptance of assisted suicide, to the point where many now see it as a "right."

Drawing on the examples of the patriarch Joseph, the philosophers Aristotle and Plato, and the saints, he said they offer "mega-narratives" to society on seeing the world through the eyes of faith, the tragedy of suicide and the ability to find meaning in suffering.

Today, he said, society has rejected these long held values.

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