The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception serves as the mother church for the growing faith community of almost 500,000 Catholics, in 144 parishes and missions spread throughout northern Colorado.
The Cathedral houses the kathedra, or chair, from where the Archbishop carries out his service to the Church of Denver as Teacher and Shepherd. Locally, the Cathedral Parish is a spiritual haven for over 700 households.
Archbishop Aquila is urging all Catholics to decline to sign any Physician-Assisted Suicide or End-of-Life ballot initiative signature petitions.
Outside interests are currently funding an effort to get Physician-Assisted Suicide laws added to our ballots here in Colorado. To do so they are paying people to collect signatures in our communities throughout the summer. As Catholics who value the dignity of the human person and respect life from conception to natural death, we should not sign any petition that would put physician-assisted suicide or similar initiatives on the ballot in November.
Please know, often signature gatherers can mislead the public about the details of each law--using words such as "compassion", "choice", or "dignity." It is important that we as Catholics alert our communities of interest that physician-assisted suicide is a dangerous proposition that moves the civil law further from the moral law.