Re: Suicide by Starvation

Wed, 26 Oct 1994 09:09:29 -0600

> 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"?
Not sure, but Catherine Bynum's *Holy Feast, Holy Fast: the Religious
Significance of Food to Medieval Women* has much to say about the
sanctifying affects of starvation for holy (Catholic) women, some unto
death, if memory serves.

S. Hautzinger