Bloodless Means

A term referring to ‘non-messy’ ways of committing suicide—including by toxic substances (overdose), drowning, hanging, suffocation, and carbon monoxide poisoning—which do not violate the mucocutaneous surface and are thus bloodless
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CONFUSION ABOUT THE CATHOLIC Church's teaching on capital punishment has raged ever since Pope John Paul II in 1997 had the universal Catechism of the Catholic Church revised to state that the death penalty is permitted only when "bloodless means" are insufficient to protect the common good.
The Catechism makes a daring statement which is totally new in the official Catholic tradition as far as death penalty is concerned: "If bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public authority should limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person."
If bloodless means are sufficient to defend against the aggressor and to protect the safety of persons, public authority should limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.
Could "bloodless means" not have been "sufficient to defend human lives," as the Catechism requires, in every one of those 152 cases where Gov.
The view which is expressed in the Catechism is that "if bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public authority should limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person."
Bishop Rodriguez concluded his letter with a citation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "If bloodless means are sufficient to defend human life against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public authority must limit itself to such means because they are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person."
At the same time, it said that "bloodless means" should be used wherever possible.