Belgian Catholic hospital “adjusts” its views on euthanasia

From Michael Cook at MercatorNet,

A religious order in the Catholic Church, the Brothers of Charity, is responsible for a large proportion of beds for psychiatric patients in Belgium – about 5,000 of them. The international head of the order, Brother René Stockman, is a Belgian who has been one of the leading opponents of euthanasia in recent years.

Nonetheless, in a surprise move this week, the board controlling the institutions of the Brothers of Charity announced that from now on, it will allow euthanasia to take place in their psychiatric hospitals. In a statement posted on their website the Brothers of Charity explain the policy shift.

“We take seriously unbearable and hopeless suffering and patients’ request for euthanasia. On the other hand, 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.”More.

Reality check:  If they can abandon the Catholic view of suffering so easily, we may reasonably doubt that they would take risks to save anyone else. But they will remain in charge of the structure of their institution.

Euthanasia is happening way faster than abortion did. And in the age of euthanasia, we’re all “the fetus” now.

See also: Australia: Shutting down opposition to euthanasia at a medical conference