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Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney
What you should know about ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
As Catholics, we believe that God is the author of all life. We also recognize the sacredness of
human life from the moment of conception to natural death.
For many years the Bishops of Pennsylvania have provided information to the Faithful about
medical treatment at the end of life and have encouraged the use of advance directives for
health care. Such a document enables a person to give guidance to another who will make
decisions about medical treatment or care.
Changes in Pennsylvania law have prompted us to develop questions and answers about
authoritative Church teachings on end-of- life issues and to prepare an advance directive for
health care for Catholics. By completing a document that is consistent with official Catholic
teaching, you are led to consider circumstances that involve medical treatment and care, and to
share your beliefs and