The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today
Pope Francis has intervened to prevent Belgian clinics run by Roman Catholic institutions from offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients.
Specifically, the order from the Pope refers to the Belgian Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 psychiatric institutions.
Euthanasia was legalized in Belgium in 2002, in spite of the country’s strongly Catholic heritage and protests from the Church. The charity said in a statement that euthanasia would only be performed if there were ‘no reasonable treatment alternatives and that such requests would be considered with ‘the greatest caution’.
Until June this year, the Brothers of Charity had refused to allow patients to consider euthanasia. Then, it is reported that a change of policy was implemented. That has worried the Vatican to such an extent that brothers who work for the organization are now being required to sign a letter saying they will uphold Church teaching on the sanctity of life.
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