POPE FRANCIS DEMANDS BELGIAN ORDER STOP EUTHANIZING MENTAL PATIENTS
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • August 9, 2017
Stockman: “The Holy Father was formally informed about it and … the steps to be taken”
Rome (ChurchMilitant.com) – Pope Francis is backing an ultimatum requiring a Belgian religious order to disallow euthanasia at their mental hospitals this month or face canonical sanctions.
The ultimatum, promulgated last week by two dicasteries in Rome and personally approved by the Holy Father, demands the Brothers of Charity reverse their pro-euthanasia policy at their 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium and sign a statement professing adherence to Church teaching regarding end-of-life issues.
The superior general of the community, Br. Rene Stockman, who sought the mandate from Rome to correct his defiant group, said ignoring the directive would result in the order being stripped of its hospitals. In a statement August 8, Stockman related, “Then we have to start the procedure to exclude the hospitals from the Brothers of Charity family and take away their Catholic identity.”
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The reason for the tough stance by Stockman and the Vatican is because the Brothers of Charity, an international religious congregation with a global presence in 30 countries, has resisted all forms of correction since they published their pro-euthanasia policy in March. The group’s policy that’s now enacted in their 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium reads, “We take seriously unbearable and hopeless suffering and patients’ request for euthanasia. … we do want to protect lives and ensure that euthanasia is performed only if there is no more possibility to provide a reasonable perspective to treat the patient.”
At that time Br. Stockman, a psychiatric care specialist, tried to admonish them. “We deplore this new vision,” he said, “The line between Rome and the Brothers of Charity in Belgium has been disrupted.” For their part, the community ignored Stockman’s corrections.
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Stockman then went to work on several levels to reverse the stated policy, contacting the Belgian bishops’ conference and the president of the conference, Cdl. Jozef De Kesel. Stockman also informed the apostolic nuncio to Belgium, Abp. Augustine Kasujja, of his intention to resist the board members’ decision to allow euthanasia at the communities’ hospitals. He also spoke with the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cdl. Pietro Parolin, who launched an investigation.
The defiant order even rejected a formal correction from the Catholic bishops of Belgium. A statement issued in May by the Belgian bishops’ conference affirmed, “We cannot accept that euthanasia is practiced on psychiatric patients.” After this, Cdl. Gerhard Müller, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) sent a personally drafted summation of Church teaching forbidding euthanasia to the Belgian province of the Brothers of Charity but to no avail.
After a joint investigation was subsequently conducted by the CDF and the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the two dicasteries then sent the above mentioned ultimatum to the religious order this month. Stockman said in his statement August 8 that the Roman Pontiff personally approved the mandate. “The Holy Father was formally informed about it and was also informed about the steps to be taken,” he said.
In addition to repeating the demand for the group to scrap its pro-euthanasia policy employed at their psychiatric hospitals, each brother must also sign a joint letter, informing Stockman, their general superior, that they “fully support the vision of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, which has always confirmed that human life must be respected and protected in absolute terms, from the moment of conception till its natural end.” This means, he said, the group must cease considering euthanasia as a solution to human suffering under any and all circumstances.
Stockman said if the group refuses to sign the letter upholding Church teaching or change their policy “then also we will start the correct procedure foreseen in canon law.” This may even include expulsion from the Church warned Stockman.
Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com. Follow Bradley on Twitter: @BradleyLEli
Vatican Radio reported August 11, 2017 that the Vatican Press Office confirmed that the Pope ordered the Brothers of Charity in Belgium to stop allowing euthanasia in the 15 psychiatric hospitals the group operates. The order came in a letter in early August.
Belgium allows euthanasia under a broad array of conditions. In May, the Brothers of Charity group in Belgium said it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia on psychiatric patients. The charity said in a statement that euthanasia would be performed only if there were “no reasonable treatment alternatives”.
This decision was condemned by the Vatican through the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and the Brothers of Charity superior general in Rome, Bro. René Stockman. In a June 2017 statement, he said: “The central point and the foundation within Christian ethics is that life is absolute, which cannot be touched. Life is a gift from God and entails an assignment. And because life is absolute, it is a state worthy of protection. Life is more than the quality that it has or does not have.”
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis also ordered Brothers of Charity who serve on the group’s board to sign a joint letter to their superior general declaring that they, “fully support the vision of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, which has always confirmed that human life must be respected and protected in absolute terms, from the moment of conception till its natural end.”
The teaching of the Church on matter related to euthanasia is clear: “Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or willful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme dishonor to the Creator.” (Gaudium et Spes, 27).
The Belgian group has not, said Vatican Radio, responded to the Pope and did not say whether any patients had actually been euthanized. Failure to follow the Pope’s directives in this case could result in severe penalties under canon law. – Read the source: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-order-to-belgian-brothers-of-charity-halt-euthanasia/
Euthanasia is the “morally unacceptable, deliberate murder of a human person,” reminded the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which questioned the Belgian Community of Brothers of Charity of Gand, on their adherence to Catholic teaching on human life.
The Belgian Community – Broeders van Liefde in the Netherlands) must give up euthanasia, requested the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and their Superior General, Brother Rene Stockman, reported on August 9, 2017 the European Institute of Bioethics (EIB), which published the position of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in regard to the euthanasia of people suffering from a psychiatric illness. The Community could lose its “Catholic” name if it doesn’t adhere to the teaching of the Popes and of the Church on the safeguarding of human life.
Last March, the Belgian Province of the Brothers adopted in fact a “note” making possible the euthanasia of patients at its psychiatric centers, including those who are not in a phase of “terminal illness,” a practice in open opposition to the commandment not to kill and the teaching of Pope Francis and of the Catholic Church on human life.
This international community of non-priests Religious, founded in 1807, refused up to now to practice euthanasia in its 15 psychiatric centers, but the Belgian Community has crossed the red line and the General Council of Brothers of Charity at Rome has disapproved their decision. Therefore, Brother Stockman published a notice opposing the position of the Belgian Brothers.
In an interview on KTO last May, he reminded that since their foundation, the vocation of the Brothers has been to “remove the chains of psychiatric patients to give back life to them.
The document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, addressed to the Superior General of the Brothers of Charity, recalls the teaching of Vatican Council II, stressed Carine Brochier for the EIB. “Everything that is opposed to life itself, such as every sort of homicide, genocide, abortion, euthanasia and also deliberate suicide; everything that constitutes a violation of the integrity of the human person, such as mutilations, physical or moral torture, psychological constraints; everything that is an offense to the dignity of man, such as sub-human conditions of life, arbitrary imprisonment, deportations, slavery, prostitution, the commerce of women and young people; or also degrading work conditions that reduce workers to the rank of pure investment instruments without regard to their free and responsible personality; all these practices and other similar ones are, in truth, infamous. While they corrupt the civilization, they dishonor those that perpetrate such practices even more than those subjected to them and gravely insult the honor of the Creator” (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, 27).
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith takes up the terms of John Paul II who affirmed that euthanasia is the “morally unacceptable deliberate murder of a human person” (Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, 65) and that euthanasia is part of the category of human acts that by themselves and in themselves are always gravely illicit (Veritatis Splendor, 80).
Signed on June 30, 2017, by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the document hopes that the Congregation of Brothers of Charity is able to continue “this fruitful service in full conformity with the doctrine of the Church and the well-being of persons, also in the psychiatric institutions of the Congregation of Belgium.”
The press release signed by Brother Stockman last August 5, announced for his part what is expected of the Belgian Council of Administration of the Institutions, giving them up to September 5, 2017 to modify their position on the matter of the euthanasia of psychiatric patients of which they are in charge, otherwise the necessary legal measures will be taken.
The European Institute of Bioethics observed in Belgium recently an increase of euthanasia for psychic illnesses. – Read the source: https://zenit.org/articles/belgium-congregation-for-doctrine-of-the-faith-questions-brothers-of-charity-on-euthanasia/
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Study: IUD use puts girls at risk for STDs http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/22/study-iud-use-puts-girls-at-risk-for-stds/
US Congress Subpoenas StemExpress, Which Buys Fully Intact Aborted Babies From Planned Parenthood http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/us-congress-subpoenas-stemexpress-which-buys-fully-intact-aborted-babies-from-planned-parenthood/
Breastfeeding: A social justice issue http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/breastfeeding-a-social-justice-issue/
MRI Shows Breastfed Babies’ Brains Develop Better/Faster than Formula or Mixed-Fed Infants http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/18/mri-shows-breastfed-babies-brains-develop-betterfaster-than-formula-or-mixed-fed-infants/
ABORTIONS EASIER THROUGH NEW FDA REGULATIONS: Abortion pill can now be taken up to 10 weeks after conception http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/01/abortions-easier-through-new-fda-regulations-abortion-pill-can-now-be-taken-up-to-10-weeks-after-conception/
My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Raymond Burke in new book http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/26/my-mother-was-advised-to-abort-me-says-cardinal-raymond-burke-in-new-book/
THE DOWNLOAD—A SPIKE IN MEDICAL ABORTIONS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/27/the-download-a-spike-in-medical-abortions/
‘Catholics for Choice’ Draws Clarification From Bishops http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/16/catholics-for-choice-draws-clarification-from-bishops/
NEW STUDY YOKES BIRTH CONTROL TO DEPRESSION http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/10/new-study-yokes-birth-control-to-depression/
Michael Voris talks an in-depth discussion of the true, financial cost of abortion and its effects to the United States. Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that, “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death” (CDF, Donum vitae III; CCC: 2273).
Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here by Dr. Martin Brenner click below:
CIA: The Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church click below:
We are used to thinking of the Rockefellers as simply a byword for wealth, power and financial success. Perhaps we might think of them as determined businessmen or see them as great philanthropists. But the truth is far different; the Rockefeller Foundation is actively undermining the Catholic Church, and in the process, attempting to erase man’s natural orientation to the eternal.
Global Warming Unmasked click below:
Are the environmental movements and groups simply devoted to laudable, correct stewardship of God’s creation, or do they have a more sinister, hidden agenda? Is “global warming” being used as an excuse for something far darker? Is the final goal of the liberal elites behind the push of junk science population control, eugenics and Gaia worship?
Mic’d Up “Is Contraception Killing the Church?” click below:
This week on Mic’d Up we’ll be tackling the terrible scourge of Contraception on the Church. Michael Hichborn and Rey Flores from American Life League will join us to expose Catholic Relief Services complicity with Organizations who support contraception and to Discuss The Pill Kills Day of Action 2014. Also joining us will be Lynn Mills who will be discussing the continued prayer rally at Providence Park Hospital in the Archdiocese of Detroit because of their complicity in abortion, contraception and sterilization. Following that same thread we’ll break down the announcement from Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron concerning the crisis of parish closings facing Detroit. Also dropping by will be author James Kalb, to discuss the plague of pluralism on the Church’s Hierarchy.