The board of the Belgian Brothers of Charity announced that they will continue to kill patients who “want” to die. The public statement by the Catholic organization directly defied a plea from the Vatican to discontinue euthanasia.
In a Sept. 12 statement the organization defied the Vatican request and said it “continues to stand by its vision statement on euthanasia for mental suffering in a non-terminal situation.”
Furthermore, it claims that in adhering to this vision, the organization “is still consistent with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. We emphatically believe so.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 2277, states that: “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.”
The question now remains how the Vatican will respond.