Posts Tagged ‘Belgium’

No euthanasia in Belgian hospitals say bishops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Euthanasia in Belgium

Friday, September 25th, 2015

On January 17, 2015, PBS aired a chilling documentary about the physician-assisted suicide of a healthy, thirty-four-year-old Belgian woman suffering from depression. The film opens with shots of Eva, in sweat pants and a T-shirt, petting her affectionate Labrador as she greets the youthful Dr. Van Hoey at her home. “Let’s get on with this,” Read more

One ‘psychological’ euthanasia death in Belgium each week

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

One person a week in Belgium is opting to die by euthanasia for psychological reasons. The figure was revealed by Wim Distelmans, chairman of the Federal Euthanasia Commission. He said bipolar patients were the majority of 50-60 “psychiatric suicides” last year. “Mostly they’re not old, but they’ve suffered for a long time,” he said Last Read more

Catholic prisoner in Belgium wins right to assisted suicide

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Belgium’s legal system has granted the wish of a long incarcerated Mass-going prisoner to die by assisted suicide. Frank Van Den Bleeken, 50, had been in prison for decades after being convicted of murder, rape and other sexual crimes. He had argued that he had no prospect of release, since he could not overcome his violent Read more