English Catholic priest vindicated for ‘pro-life’ opinion in end-of-life case

Father Patrick Pullicino, an English Catholic priest and neurologist, has been vindicated after being investigated by a UK medical regulation agency for giving his expert opinion in an emergency end-of-life case.

In this case, Fr Pullicino called for further tests before cutting off a hospitalised man’s nutrition and hydration.

The man, referred to as “RS,” ultimately died in 2020 amid legal battles between his family and the hospital over his fate.

But shortly after the man’s death, a complaint was brought against Pullicino by an academic researcher and end-of-life planning advocate in 2021.

The advocate accused the priest of bias because of his Catholic and “pro-life values,” according to Christian Concern, the advocacy organisation that defended the priest.

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