VATICAN CITY—A chain of Catholic psychiatric hospitals in Belgium is granting euthanasia to non-terminal patients, defying the Vatican and deepening a challenge to the church’s commitment to a constant moral code.
The board of the Brothers of Charity, Belgium’s largest single provider of psychiatric care, said the decision no longer belongs to Rome. Truly Christian values, the board argued in September, should privilege a “person’s choice of conscience” over a “strict ethic of rules.”
I cannot say how horrified I am and how the good souls of Geel, Belgium must be turning over in their graves! (Short history: http://all-that-is-interesting.com/geel-belgium-mental-illness) Geel is the town St Dymphna fled to. After her death, families with mentally ill members came to the town to visit her grave, and they left the mentally ill in the town. Townspeople took them in, and a now–700-year-old tradition of caring for the mentally ill by allowing them to simply live with everyone else was started.
houououou, this is shameful.