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Monday, 10 October 2016

Archbishop Desmond Tutu wants choice of assisted death as he turns 85. "I do not wish to live at all costs"

South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu celebrated his 85th birthday on Friday and revealed that he wanted the option of an dignified assisted death.
 
"Today, I myself am even closer to the departures hall than arrivals, so to speak, and my thoughts turn to how I would like to be treated when the times comes," The former Nobel Peace Prize winner wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post. 
 
"I have been fortunate to have long spent my time working for dignity for the living. Now, with my life closer to its end than its beginning, I wish to help give people dignity in dying. I have prepared for my death and have made it clear that I do not wish to be alive at all costs. I hope I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life's journey in the manner of my choice."
 
Archbishop Tutu performed mass in Cape Town on Friday. He was surprised when the choir performed a 'Happy Birthday song for him. He paid tribute to St George's Cathedral  before laying his head on the communion table and briefly wept.

"I have indicated that when the time comes I would like to rest here, permanently, with you," he told the congregation.
 
Medically-assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia is illegal in South Africa. The Anglican church of which he’s a member is also firmly against assisted dying. Tutu has been living with prostate cancer for nearly 20 years and was recently hospitalised with an infection.

"Now more than ever, I feel compelled to lend my voice to this cause," he said. "For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assited death is open to them can provide immeasurably comfort.
 
Ordained at the age of 30, the former archbishop of Cape Town chaired the commission that investigated atrocities under apartheid and has long campaigned for human rights such as fighting against HIV/Aids, racism, sexism and homophobia.
 
Earlier this year he blessed his daughter’s marriage with her female partner, even though South African Anglican law does not endorse same-sex marriage.

28 comments:

livingstone chibuike said...

Who cares? A gay activist lik u..

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Aww😢



~glo rule your world~ cos I do•

OSINANL said...

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

vinna saviour said...

This is Crious

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good for him

Chizzy Liz said...

******************************if I were in ur shoes !!!!! I would wish same !!!!!!! What can possibly still achieve @ 85 *********i don flex life to de fullest na ********** me sef go dey wish to go !!!!!!!

Chizzy Liz said...

******************************if I were in ur shoes !!!!! I would wish same !!!!!!! What can possibly still achieve @ 85 *********i don flex life to de fullest na ********** me sef go dey wish to go !!!!!!!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hmmmmm! Linda take note!

Eleojo Blessing said...

If dats what he wants no problem

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Chizzy Liz said...

**************************For the records Linda !!!!!! Anglican Church does not Celebrate mass biko !!!!!!!! Correct ur sef !!!!!!!!

Bonita Bislam said...

Wow! I understand perfectly what he means. Some illnesses are sheer agony and torment all rolled in one. I remember when my Aunty was down with brain cancer, she begged me to take her life coz the suffering is way too much
Such request is always easier on the one making the request than the one by whose hands cometh the death. It's a precarious situation. Did I give her a merciful death? Hmm I couldn't

edDREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Nna and i thought everyone want long life and prosperity.....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

JEMBETE(KEY-POINT) said...

UNA SI WATIN DEM DE CALL INTEGRITY???? NO B BUHARI N OBASENJO WEY DUNG DE GO 90 BUT STILL WANT RULE. 2MORO, DEM GO SAY DEM GET INTEGRITY.

ike manuel said...

Which one is assisted death again? Biko leave it, death will come naturally

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Good for him.

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Good for him.

abena golden said...

How can an archbishop think of taking his life and even encourage people to do so. Who on earth has the right to take the life they can not create, or didn't the bible say "thou shall not kill"

Lukman said...

Is he a true Archbishop or it is just a nickname? You have no right to take your own life no matter your condition!

Anonymous said...

I must say the truth now, emotion runs through me at the beginning of the story, but I think the last paragraph just finished everything. How could a whole archbishop blessed the union of lesbians? And come to think of it, it's His own daughter for that, so tell me why won't He want to commit suicide. I think that's why God is different, just for Him to tolerate all this craps of ours.

evy claret said...

Ok

Eva Da Diva...

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

I get her point tho.. living long is good, but you get to a particular age, maybe 90,you become old and fragile. The best option is death at that point.

Phoenix said...

How can Desmond Tutu request such?!??? Is his age getting to him? Assissted death is STILL SUICIDE! and the bible preaches against this. Tutu, if you are not aware, please know now. Assisted death does not absolve you of guilt in God's eyes. when he says it's your time, then it will be your time.

Tunde Uthman said...

Great Man......

Uju Phil said...

I dnt see anything dignifying or right about assisted death...#Weird

Vivian Reginalds said...

awww and only yesterday I thought of him... HBD Legend
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Degemstone Kazeem said...

he should seek for a Passive Euthanasia. but how could an archbishop be seeking for a dignified suicide, little wonder he support the act of homosexual.

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Old age is the most difficult and lonely stage of life. I dnt blame him for thinking like that, it's hard for him. But still best to wait on God than to "assist God"

Long Live LIB

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