“It was not I who gave you the breath of life” – death merchants at the door

Upon my daily browsing of various websites and social media, always with an eye on what might be used to fill these digital pages, I came across the daily tweets of Bishop Christopher Coyne about the day’s readings. Today he wrote:

“There is a section of the reading from 2 Maccabees that catches our eyes, as regards the gift of human life. As the story offers an episode of the Maccabean revolt, we hear the words of the mother describe God’s gift of her sons: “I do not know how you came into existence in my womb; it was not I who gave you the breath of life, nor was it I who set in order the elements of which each of you is composed. It is the Creator of the universe who shapes each man’s beginning, as he brings about the origin of everything …” [2 Macc 7: 22-23]. God as the author of all human life as one comes into existence in the womb. Powerful words to ponder as we continue to work to protect the sanctity of all human life.” [6 tweets on Wednesday 16 November 2011]

That work, of protecting the sanctity of all human life, becomes all the more desperately needed in the Netherlands, as I read about plans to establish ‘ambulatory euthanasia teams’, teams of doctors and nurses who will bring death to your doorstep. This, of course, coming after the proposed establishment of ‘suicide clinics’. The Dutch Society for a Voluntary End of Life (Nederlandse Vereniging voor een Vrijwillig Levenseinde – NVVE), from where the plan originates, estimates that this’ll allow about 1,000 more people to die every year.

The Royal Dutch Medical Association (Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Geneeskunst – KNMG) questions this plan, but does not outright denounce it. Instead, it points out that euthanasia requires a lengthy relationship between doctor and patient. That, it says, is an impossibility with these ambulatory teams, which come in after a intake process and consultation with a second doctor, and commit euthanasia.

A very disconcerting development which further strengthens the flourishing culture of death in this country.

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I'm a 36-year-old lay Catholic from the diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden. I write about the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. I not only enjoy bringing selected developments to the attention of readers, but I also think that it is sometimes important to allow a wider audience to read about the state of the Church in the Netherlands. That's why a fair number of posts about that topic will be translations of Dutch articles, episcopal writings and whatever else.

6 thoughts on ““It was not I who gave you the breath of life” – death merchants at the door”

  1. To be honest, I’m not surprised that the KNMG doesn’t denounce it. Even though it is an association of doctors, sanctity of all human life isn’t there trademark, unfortunately (despite our oath saying to do no harm).

  2. Tragic, sad….a culture of death. The Netherlands are at the forefront of propagating euthanasia. Other countries will slowly follow suit.

  3. I thought it was bad here in the US , where at nursing homes we as doctors are badgered by families to end the life of their loved one, even though it is still illegal. God have mercy on the Netherlands, I just wrote an article on my blog about this and someone linked me here to you. TAke care and thanks for writing.

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