Religion: Suicide: Not Always a Sin

Some suicides are not sinful, and even those that are should receive a Christian burial, says a report approved last week by the Anglican House of Bishops.

The bishops still deplored suicide as "the easy way out" in the face of impending exposure for some disgraceful act. But they ruled that persons suffering incurable diseases, or faced by rape or torture, can not be condemned if they kill themselves. Moreover, "we see no reason why the body of a suicide should not be brought into the church for a service, nor do we see any reason why it should not be buried...

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