Belgian bishops clash with Brothers of Charity over decision to allow euthanasia

(Catholic Herald) The Catholic bishops of Belgium have said they oppose euthanasia for mentally ill patients, saying such a step “attacks the very foundations of our civilisation”.

Their statement comes amid a wide backlash against a decision by the Belgian branch of the Brothers of Charity to allow euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.

The move was condemned by Brother René Stockman, the superior general of the order.

Brother Stockman said he had made a formal request to the Brothers to reverse the decision and had contacted the Vatican about it.

He told Catholic News Service that Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, was personally investigating the matter. [More]


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