I'm Catholic and recently did some reading on the subject of refusing artificial nutrition and hydration. From what I understand the position of the Catholic theologians is that artificial nutrition and hydration are considered ordinary care and thus must be used, as long as the body is able to derive benefit from them. So a person whose body had not begun to shut down organs would have to use artificial means morally speaking.
Am I correct in assuming that hospice does not use feeding tubes, etc. for nutrition/hydration? Is palliative care the best alternative if you are following Catholic teaching re artificial food/hydration?
Was thinking about end of life directives and it seems that using hospice would not work if, as a Catholic, I could not refuse artificial nutrition/hydration.