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Storm erupts over hiring of pro-euthanasia doctor at Catholic hospital in Ottawa - The Catholic Register

OTTAWA - Despite granting privileges to a palliative care physician who supports Canada's euthanasia law, the Catholic identity of Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital is not threatened, said Ottawa's archbishop.

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast was responding to a controversy that erupted Feb. 14 on social media regarding Dr. James Downar, who was appointed on Oct. 1 as head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa. Due to an affiliation agreement with Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital (EB), Downar also received privileges at the Catholic institution.

"Recognizing that EB cannot and does not allow Medical Aid in Dying or euthanasia on its premises, Dr. Downar subscribes to the Catholic Ethical Code in his service at Bruyere and has committed to not publicly espousing aid in dying," Prendergast wrote in an e-mail.

He stressed the hospital is committed to "excellence in palliative care and to ...

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