TodaysWashington Post has an op-ed piece by Charlotte Allen on living wills. The inside-link has the headline I chose for this thread. She recounts her being urged to sign a living will. She makes some good points, I think, and the solution she proposes, urged by a Hastings Center Report, is that instead one "execute a durable power of attorney, a simple document that entrusts decisions about end-of-life care to a relative or friend who shares the signers moral beliefs about death and dying."
Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.