An Ex-Con, Not a Celebrity: Detroit Archdiocese Denounces Kevorkian Hype

May 31, 2007, 01:00 ET from Archdiocese of Detroit

    DETROIT, May 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A pathologist in southeast
 Michigan, Jack Kevorkian's medical license was suspended in 1991. In April
 1999, he was sentenced to prison for second-degree murder. At the time of
 his conviction, authorities believed he had a part in the deaths of some
 130 people. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit was among those that
 consistently expressed horror at Kevorkian's trail of death, and called for
 an immediate and permanent stop to the killings. Ned McGrath, director of
 communications for the Detroit archdiocese, makes this statement on
 Kevorkian's parole:
     "For 10 years, Jack Kevorkian's actions resembled those of a
 pathological serial killer. It will be truly regrettable if he's now
 treated as a celebrity parolee instead of the convicted murderer he is.
     "Together with our fellow Catholics in Michigan, the Detroit
 archdiocese pledges to continue our efforts on behalf of patients, their
 families and their caregivers to increase the knowledge -- and availability
 -- of medically and morally sound options for end-of-life decision-making."
                                                   Ned McGrath
                                                   Director of Communications
                                                   Archdiocese of Detroit
                                                   May 31, 2007
     This document and archival statements about Jack Kevorkian and
 physician- assisted suicide are available at

SOURCE Archdiocese of Detroit