Janet Gillis (jgillis@NOVA.UMD.EDU)
Wed, 26 Oct 1994 08:58:25 -0400

I have read about a couple of different suicides by starvation. The
protagonist in _Clarissa_ starves herself to death, from the shame of her
rape (and poor judgement). However, all the people to whom I'm referring
(real and fictional) were Catholic.

I heard once that starvation is the only *acceptable* form of suicide in
the Catholic church (i.e., not a mortal sin), because of the suffering
involved, or some such logic. I know that the concept of suicide is a BAD
thing, but is there such a "loophole"?



"I used to be a Catholic, and I believed in everything;
now I'm a Unitarian, and I believe in nothing."

M.T. Flynn