by Richard Ducayne  •  •  May 18, 2016

Bishop Salvatore Matano calls it “path toward self-destruction”

ROCHESTER, N.Y. ( – Bishop Salvatore Matano, bishop of Rochester, New York, is condemning the push in New York for physician-assisted suicide. He was joined in his efforts last week by Bp. Richard Malone of Buffalo.

In the statement, released in March, Bp. Matano emphasized the gravity of the situation, saying that human life was being questioned. “The value of persons who are gravely ill and/or at the end of their lives is currently being questioned and their very lives threatened by a growing movement in our society to end life prematurely.”

The shepherd of 12 counties, approximately 350,000 Catholics and over 125 churches and chapels also highlighted that being pro-life doesn’t just mean saving the unborn child.

As we care for the child so must we care for all persons in the vast spectrum of human life. When we subjectively determine when life begins and ends, when it is viable or not, or when it is too burdensome to endure, we begin a path toward self-destruction. … [T]he rejection of physician-assisted suicide is not solely a Catholic position, it is a human rights imperative.

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The prelate has fought this fight before when physician-assisted suicide was legalized in Vermont back in 2013, during his assignment as bishop of Burlington. The diocese’s statement at the time read:

Vermont is now identified as one of the few Death States, where it is legal for life to be terminated both at its beginning and end stages; a State that so rightly opposes the death penalty and the tragedies of war now sends a confusing and conflicting message that undermines its stand for life.

Matano was installed as mishop in Rochester by Pope Francis in 2014, replacing long-time, pro-gay bishop Matthew Clark, who was known by many to be an avid supporter of the homosexual agenda.

According to dissident homosexualist group New Ways Ministry, in 1998 Clark presided over a gay Mass for more than 1,300 people at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. Later that year, Clark also spoke at New Ways Ministry’s Fourth National Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In January 2014, almost immediately following Matano’s replacing Clark, the new bishop immediately ended the “illicit practice of lay preaching”: “It is not a policy shift as regards to the universal law of the Church. … I am trying to help the faithful understand what is the universal law of the Church and how important it is that in the celebration of Mass, we do what the Church asks of us.”

Bishop Matano is joined by brother bishops Malone of Buffalo and José Gomez of Los Angeles in the fight to stop the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide.

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Richard Ducayne is a staff writer for