It would be easy to imagine, in this day and age of relativistic morality, certain priests abusing the "mercy option" and offering a funeral Mass to anyone who chose euthanasia who walked through their door, so-to-speak.
- the Church promotes palliative care (which includes effective pain relief); the Church rejects suicide as an act of despair and a rejection of God's sovereignty over our lives;
- bishops of the Church are taking complementary approaches to the issue, some emphasizing the deterrent value of teaching which helps man realize that suicide has eternal consequences, and others emphasizing a message that asks us to leave the judgement of a person's soul in the hands of God;
- we must promote the dignity of life from conception to natural death while also admitting to a limit on knowledge as to the state of a person's soul;
- finally, the Catholic teaching on end-of-life issues is appropriately highly nuanced and does not fit neatly into the 140 character Twitter account of junk journalism.