The final version of the controversial judgment has not yet been published – but instead the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has revealed an important new detail of the facts underlying the German Federal Administrative Court’s decision opening the door to euthanasia: Continue reading
The creeping progress of the Culture of Death has made an important leap forward in Germany, where the Bundesverwaltungsgericht (BVerwG, Federal Administrative Court) issued a decision that declares euthanasia to be legal in “extreme and exceptional cases”, without defining them. This opens the door to a new slippery slope, at the bottom of which one surely will discover that every case is somehow “extreme” and “exceptional”.
The tiny southern Belgian region of Wallonia has made world headlines for blocking a trade deal between the EU and Canada, concerning 545 million potential beneficiaries. On 9 November 2016 the regional Walloon Parliament in Namur will be debating a much more local issue, how to decendly dispose of the ashes of the 15,000 Walloons who are cremated each year. In the unparalleled complexity of the Belgian federal set-up, legislation on funerals, cremation and burials are deemed a “regional competence”. Continue reading
The Netherlands remain one of the world’s uncontested leaders in promoting the Culture of Death. The newest achievement is a legislative bill that, if adopted, would legalize euthanasia for people who feel they have “completed life” but are not terminally ill, the Dutch government announced this week. Continue reading
One should be cautious with superlatives, and beware of using the term “historic” too frequently. But this is certainly one of the great moments of Church history: for the first time a Roman Pontiff has met the Hear of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Not for the first time after one thousand years, but for the first time ever. Continue reading
The attempt of a number of radical anti-life MEPs, spearheaded by Elena Valenciano from Spain, to promote the culture of death through a “Written declaration on dignity at the end of life” has failed spectacularly: even though the draft declaration was open for three months, only 95 MEPs have signed it. This is surprisingly little, given that Socialists, Communists, Liberals and Greens in the EP usually lend their full and unlimited support to everything that is apt to underemine the right to life. To be adopted, the Declaration would have had to garner the support of a majority of the 751 MEPs. Continue reading