Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Under proposed law, parents can put their kids to sleep as animals.

The slippery slope is a fallacy, but in Belgium, it is horrifyingly real. The Belgian government is now considering the expansion of their euthanasia law to permit the killing of children and dementia patients.

It's inconceivable that a parent could consider putting their child to death, but it already happens in Belgium, just secretly.

It's inconceivable that a parent could consider putting their child to death, but it already happens in Belgium, just secretly.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Belgium, euthanasia, suicide, law, legal, morality, physician, assisted


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (Catholic Online) - Euthanasia is already legal for persons over 18 in Belgium, but for some people, this is not good enough. A proposed change in that nation's law would have parents taking their own children, and children their elderly parents, to hospitals where they can be put to sleep as animals.

Doctors say the change in the law would legitimize what is already happening surreptitiously in hospitals.

Advocates say that parents should be able to choose euthanasia for their children. Already, euthanasia for children over 12 is allowed in extraordinary circumstances. Occasionally, according to reports, physicians will also euthanize infants and are not prosecuted for it.

Interestingly, minors may also be given the secular, legal right to end their own lives, if they so choose, without their parents being involved. This prompted Archbishop Andre-Jospeh Leonard to speak out against the law. He commented that the law does not allow minors to choose to get married, but would allow them to decide end their own lives.

He also explained that there are many alternatives to euthanasia, even in cases of terminal suffering, such as palliative sedation-a situation where a person is put into an induced coma or given adequate painkillers to permit them to cope.

It is a compelling argument, and sufficient without even having to approach the moral implications of euthanizing children, children are children precisely because they lack the mental capacity to properly and logically weigh consequences, after all the human brain often doesn't reach maturity until around age 25.

Children do commit suicide, and while every reason for suicide is insufficient, the reasons chosen by children are particularly fleeting. For example, two weeks ago a girl in India committed suicide, citing in her note that her parents wouldn't allow her to log into her Facebook account because of her grades. Another child, 12, committed suicide after prolonged distress over the death of her father. Saying she wanted to be with him in heaven, she hanged herself. In Japan, youth suicide has been an epidemic for decades as academic performance and personal honor is heavily emphasized in that country.

These are examples of suicide that occur without the sanction of the state. What happens when children can check themselves into a hospital, cite extraordinary emotional suffering as a reason, and simply have their beating hearts stopped with an injection?

In the book, Brave New World, citizens are encouraged to live libertine lives free from suffering, which often means the ready use of state-sanctioned drugs. When they become old or chronically ill, they partake of a state-encouraged euthanasia program.

Such is the stuff of science fiction, but fiction has a terrible habit of becoming reality. A few decades ago, nobody could have imagined that their phones would have the power of personal computers, that we would be able to shop internationally with ease or carry our entire collection of music in our pocket. We would have chuckled at the possibility of self-driving cars and secret spy organizations that would record everything we did online and on the phone.

Yet today these are commonplace. Will euthanasia join these ubiquitous marvels as a hallmark of the early 21st century? Shall Belgium lead the way into the Brave New World? It certainly seems determined to do so.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Europe

Did a broken heart lead to mass slaughter? Germanwings co-pilot said to be 'depressed' and 'stressed' Watch

Image of Remembered as a friendly and funny personality, Andreas Lubitz had a life-long obsession to become a pilot. There is speculation that he feared his flying license - due to expire in just three months time would not have been renewed on medical grounds.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The willful destruction of himself - along with 149 other, innocent human beings, has the world scrambling for answers. Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who slammed his plane into mountainside earlier this week. Killing everyone onboard, remains a ... continue reading


DEADLY SECRET: Co-pilot of doomed Germanwings flight hid medical condition, authorities say Watch

Image of A terrible tragedy that left 150 people dead may have been the result of a frightened, insecure man hiding a medical condition. Investigators say that Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz was keeping an unspecified medical condition secret from others.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A terrible tragedy that left 150 people dead may have been the result of a frightened, insecure man hiding a medical condition. Investigators say that Germanwings copilot Andreas Lubitz was keeping an unspecified medical condition secret from others and had a ... continue reading


CO-PILOT LOCKED CAPTAIN OUT OF COCKPIT: Chilling last minutes of Germanwings Airbus crash revealed Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Investigators have recovered key information from the French Alps wrecked Germanwings Airbus A320's black box and voice recorder. The co-pilot, 28-year-old German, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally locked the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed into a ... continue reading


STANDING FIRM: Nearly 500 British priests urge synod to stand firm on Communion for the remarried Watch

Image of An extraordinary synod last year provoked heated debate on the question of whether remarried Catholics should be permitted to receive Holy Communion, which was a proposal presented by retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nearly 500 British priests have signed a letter urging those attending this year's family synod to issue a "clear and firm proclamation" upholding Church teaching on marriage. An extraordinary synod last year provoked heated debate on the question of whether ... continue reading


Pope Francis sends message to families of victims in Germanwings' French Alps crash, as black box and cockpit recorder recovered Watch

Image of Families are hit with grief as the search for bodies continues.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

150 people were killed in the tragic Germanwings A320 Airbus crash in the snowy French Alps earlier this week. Pope Francis has come forward with some words of comfort for all those involved in the horrific accident. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis ... continue reading


GAS ATTACK FEARED: Islamist State may launch attack on London's Underground subway system Watch

Image of The 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway killed 13 people. Experts now fear that Islamist State agents returning to the United Kingdom will launch similar offenses.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Islamic State militants returning to the United Kingdom could attack London Underground trains or football matches with chlorine gas. That is the frightening estimation from chemical weapons expert Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a retired head of chemical and ... continue reading


Plane crash in French Alps: All 150 feared dead Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An airplane carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members are presumed dead. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) A Germanwings Airbus A320 was traveling from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf  Germany. During mid ... continue reading


Spanish priest performs 13 exorcisms on anorexic girl Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Spanish priest and official exorcist of Valladolid, Jesus Hernandez Sahagun was arrested and is now facing charges of gender violence, causing injury and mistreatment, according to the Daily Mail. The priest has allegedly performed 13 exorcisms on the girl, who was ... continue reading


Pope Francis mobbed by cloistered nuns during Naples trip Watch

Image of The prison visit formed part of a very busy day for Pope Francis in the city 150 miles south of Rome.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mobbed by a group of excited nuns during his visit to Naples Cathedral, a cardinal exclaimed, "They are going to eat him!" Usually observing the rules of "papal enclosure" and rarely allowed to leave their nunneries, the sisters let out of their convents for ... continue reading


Bishop Williamson excommunicated - again, for illicitly ordaining bishop against papal orders Watch

Image of Bishop Williamson has criticized the leaders of the SSPX for being

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the second time, Bishop Richard Williamson has been automatically excommunicated -- along with the priest, he illicitly ordained a bishop. Williamson violated Church law when he ordained 73-year-old Father Jean-Michel Faure without papal approval during a ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-7
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
8 'He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 15:1-39
1 First thing in the morning, the chief priests, ... Read More

Reading 2, Philippians 2:6-11
6 Who, being in the form of God, did not count ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 29th, 2015 Image

St. Berthold
March 29: Considered by some historians to be the founder of the Carmelite ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter