Archbishop Criticises Bid to Alter Euthanasia Law; Legalising Help with Suicide Branded 'Morally Wrong'
Byline: Ben Glaze
THE Archbishop of Cardiff yesterday condemned "morally wrong" attempts to change the law on euthanasia.
The Most Reverend Peter Smith criticised an amendment to a Bill going through Parliament which would protect families and friends from prosecution if they helped a terminally ill patient travel abroad to a suicide clinic.
Archbishop Smith, who is vice-president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said: "Legalising assistance with suicide is morally wrong in itself and would put vulnerable people at grave risk.
"Furthermore, to attempt to bring it about by tagging an amendment onto a government Bill designed for completely different purposes is a totally inappropriate way of seeking to legislate on such a matter."
The 65-year-old church leader was last year tipped to become the top Roman Catholic in Wales and England following the retirement of Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. He was eventually succeeded by the Most Rev Vincent Gerard Nichols.
Archbishop Smith, who was born in Battersea, south-west London, and studied law at Exeter University, was ordained in 1972 and became Archbishop of Cardiff in 2001. …