A question about suicide
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Not all suicides are driven by mental illness or despair. Suicide was, and to some degree still is considered, an act to maintain or restore honor in certain shame cultures, like that of Japan.

In the Western context, Cato chose suicide over submission to tyranny after he was defeated, and Cato has long been considered a model of moral rectitude. Dante places him at the very base of Mount Purgatory as a sort of guardian, and in doing so, Dante imagines Cato's salvation, among those righteous freed from Limbo by Christ in the Harrowing of Hell.

I'm not sure if it's particularly Catholic, but my imagination more or less follows Dante on this question. I can  imagine exceptional circumstances in which persons with a wholly clear and well-ordered conception of the good may take their own lives, without compromising their moral character. Dante, after all, said that Cato's face was illuminated by four stars, signifying his possession, in full, of the classical moral virtues.

Did Regulus commit suicide?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Atilius_Regulus
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A question about suicide - by jhfromsf68 - 03-15-2015, 07:37 PM
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