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False theology and 'death with dignity'

To the editor: Thank you for Steve Lopez's column on the "death with dignity" movement. I am a Catholic and former priest who is saddened by the church's stance on this issue. ("Death-with-dignity movement springs back to life in California," Sept. 30)

At 81, I fear ending my life with a terminal illness and especially being unconscious, unable to decide how to die. My biggest worry, even more than pain, is racking up medical bills that bankrupt my family.

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I believe this issue involves a false theology that depicts a small God who micromanages our lives and our world.

Don Hanley, Vista

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