- Oct 19, 2020
The Vatican is formally investigating a group of psychiatric care centers in Belgium run by a Catholic religious order which has enforced that doctors in the facilities perform euthanasia. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will be overseeing the situation himself.
The Brothers of Charity in Belgium are pushing back against a directive issued by their board to start performing euthanasia in their facilities. The brothers, who run 15 psychiatric hospitals with 5,000 patients, have called this decision unacceptable and “against our charism of the charity.”
The Catholic Church in Belgium recently apologized for its role in separating mixed-race children born to African mothers and European fathers from their families and putting them up for adoption in Belgium. The bishops expressed “regret for the part played in this by the Catholic Church.”
In the Netherlands, the government is now set to permit euthanasia for people who aren’t terminally ill or experiencing extreme suffering, but who nevertheless feel their life is “complete,” with the extension expected to go into effect by the end of 2017.
Archbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels in Belgium one of Pope Francis’s new cardinals, in many ways attracts the same dynamics as the pontiff himself — great acclaim in progressive and secular circles but ambivalence among some insiders, who worry about where dialogue ends and capitulation begins.
ROME — Pope Francis has condemned the “blind violence” of the terrorist attacks that shook Belgium on Tuesday, offering prayers for the victims, the injured, their families, and all those working in relief efforts. “The Holy Father again condemns the blind violence which causes so much suffering, and he implores