Kresta in the Afternoon – November 11, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic - Catholic Hospitals in WA Refuse to Comply With Assisted Suicide

    Eastern Washington’s largest hospital system, Providence Health Care, has said assisted suicide will not be permitted in its hospitals. The owners of Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, a branch of Providence Health Care, said, “Providence will not support physician-assisted suicide within its ministries. This position is grounded in our basic values of respect for the sacredness of life, compassionate care of dying and vulnerable persons, and respect for the integrity of medical, nursing, and allied health professions.“ The statement follows the deeply controversial passage of the ballot measure, I-1000, which on November 4th legalized assisted suicide in Washington State. Bioethicist Wesley Smith commented on Providence’s resolve: “This is important. Medical professionals must resist turning killing … into a medical treatment.” Wesley joins us.

    Second Topic – Jews, Palestinians and Middle East Peace

    Archbishop Elias Chacour was born November 29, 1939 in Upper Galilee in Arab Palestine to a Palestinian Christian family, members of the Melkite Catholic Church. At the age of eight, Chacour says he was evicted, along with his whole village, by the Israeli authorities and became a deportee and a refugee in his own country, the Palestine of his birth. Because he remained in the country of his forefathers, he was granted citizenship of Israel when the state of Israel was created in 1948. He is now an Archbishop in the Byzantine Catholic Church and joins us in studio to look at Jews, Palestinians and Middle East peace.

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