The Patrick Madrid Show: May 14, 2024 – Hour 3

Patrick explores the challenging decisions facing hospice care workers, particularly around administering pain management and its ethical implications. Patrick clarifies the Catholic Church’s teaching on end-of-life care, distinguishing between permissible palliative care and morally unacceptable euthanasia. Patrick discusses real-life scenarios with medical professionals, offering guidance and resources to navigate these complex situations ethically.


  • Patrick continues his conversation with Jose from the end of the previous hour. Jose is asking if it’s sinful to administer medicine even if it ultimately leads to death. (00:50)
  • Donna – In all the years that I was in hospice care I never heard of anyone wanting to kill people (12:38)
  • Aaron – I volunteered as an extraordinary minister. Should I be giving communion to a big group at a nursing home even if I don’t know if they are Catholic? (15:52)
  • Patrick shares his experience working with the elderly (23:22)
  • Kathleen – Is it okay to take notes during the homily? (30:15)
  • Andrea – Hospice is meant to be helpful but my experience has been different and I was warned by a cardiologist about it. (31:38)
  • Joe – Chicago hospitals have a ward who will give you drugs to sedate you and starve you to death if you want to die.
  • Barbara – What should a Catholic do if there isn’t a priest in the area to hear confessions? (42:38)
  • Karen – I was a nurse and I watched two relatives get morphine and I was wondering if it was euthanasia. (46:45)
  • Jessica – Doctors made a friend of mine terminal to get her into hospice for pain management. They removed her IV nutrition so she would qualify.
Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.