Posts Tagged ‘Belgium’

Belgian hospitals euthanasia group summoned to Rome Comments 0

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The board administering Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity has been summoned to Rome. The board – made up mainly of lay members – recently decided to allow euthanasia in the Catholic hospitals it oversees. After appeals from the religious order, board members have been asked to explain their decision to Church authorities Read more

Brothers of Charity promise not to support euthanasia Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

The Belgian Brothers of Charity are saying they may withdraw their sponsorship of 15 Belgian hospitals after the hospital board voted to ignore a Vatican demand not to perform euthanasia at their facilities. The head of the order, Brother René Stockman, says the Brothers would remain faithful to the Church’s teaching, despite serious civil pressure Read more

Former Belgian prime minister says Vatican’s authority long past Comments 0

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The former Belgian prime minister, Herman Van Rompuy, has tweeted his rejection of Pope Francis’ authority to ban euthanasia, and says the time when Rome had the final say is “long past.” Van Rompuy, who was prime minister from 2009 to 2014 and is also the first President of the European Council, was responding to Pope Read more

No euthanasia in Belgian hospitals say bishops Comments 0

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Belgium’s Catholic bishops have made a strong statement opposing euthanasia. They are responding to complaints that several Belgian Brothers of Charity-run psychiatric hospitals  say euthanasia is allowed in its institutions. The Brothers care for about 5,000 psychiatric patients in Belgium. While acknowledging the pain a person suffering from a psychiatric illness can experience, it is Read more

Vatican investigates Catholic hospitals’ euthanasia policy Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

The Vatican is investigating 15 Catholic psychiatric hospitals in Belgium because of a change in their euthanasia policy. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, is personally carrying out the investigation. The investigation follows an appeal to Rome for help from Brother Rene Stockman, the superior general of the Brothers of Charity order running Read more

Catholic hospitals directed to euthanise mentally ill Comments 0

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A  board governing  several Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals says it will to start performing euthanasia in its institutions. But the religious brothers who operate the hospitals say the policy change is unacceptable and cannot be implemented. The Brothers of Charity, who oppose euthanasia, are responsible for 15 psychiatric hospitals. Between them they care for 5,000 Read more

Euthanasia approval for first Belgian minor Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Euthanasia approval for a terminally ill Belgian 17-year-old makes him the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium. Age restrictions on euthanasia requests were removed in Belgium two years ago. The head of the country’ federal euthanasia commission Wim Distelmans said the teenager was “suffering unbearable physical pain”. “Fortunately there are very few Read more

Fears for future of religion classes in Belgian schools Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Religion classes in Belgium’s French-speaking schools will be cut in half, starting in October. The classes will be replaced with a weekly hour of “citizenship classes”. Critics worry that the new classes will promote abortion and homosexuality, the Catholic News Agency reported. There are also fears that the changes could end up pushing teachers with Read more

Belgian Catholic nursing home fined for refusing euthanasia Comments 1

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Judges in Belgium have fined a Catholic nursing home for refusing to allow the euthanasia of a lung cancer sufferer on its premises. The St Augustine rest home in Diest was ordered to pay a total of €6,000. This was after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to Mariette Buntjens. Days later, the Read more

Pope promotes prelate who called for celibacy shift Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A prelate who has previously called for a relaxation of mandatory celibacy for priests has been appointed as the de facto head of the Catholic Church in Belgium. Pope Francis has named Archbishop Jozef de Kesel as the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. Currently the Bishop of Bruges, Archbishop-elect De Kesel is seen as a moderate Read more