Wes Roth just e-mailed me to let me know that Pope John Paul II made an appeal to end the Groningen Protocol:
The Pope has urged doctors and authorities in the Netherlands to think again about their increasingly far-reaching decisions on euthanasia.
He issued his appeal as it emerged that a group of senior Dutch doctors had formally reported themselves for killing 22 terminally ill newborn babies. Their admissions were intended to force the authorities to agree to regulate the practice.
Pope John Paul II said on Saturday: “I urge the authorities and medical personnel and all those who exercise an educative role to weigh the gravity of these questions.”
The Pope expressed his objections while receiving the new Dutch ambassador to the Vatican, Monique Frank.
He said: “For several years Dutch society, marked by the phenomenon of secularisation, has set in motion a legislative policy concerning the beginning and the end of human life.
“The Holy See has not failed to lay out its clear position and to invite Catholics in the Netherlands always to bear witness to the most absolute respect of the human person, from conception to natural death.”
I’m glad he’s speaking out. But for all the effect he’ll have on today’s Dutch, the Pope may as well shout into the wind.
I’ve commented on the Groningen Protocol before (here, here, and here). I’ll be gone most of tonight so I’ll be blogless, but my initial observation is straightforward: what more do we expect from a radically secular society? A callous disregard for human life flows predictably from a worldview that denies the existence of objective moral standards, much less any obligation to obey them.
Do the Dutch see the well-worn path they’ve started on? They don’t … and this road bends ever downwards. It’s doubly disappointing to see this banal form of evil sprouting in a place that once was a center of Calvinist thought and reformation. For once, the often over-used Nazi comparison applies.
We in America would be wise not to keep following the Dutch.
On Hugh’s show tonight I heard his Israeli friend Yoni describe how his neighbor and friend was savagely slaughtered recently by an Arab
nationalist insurgent criminal terrorist. Although I understand the urge to call the murderer a “subhuman monster” or somesuch, I can’t agree with that description. These murderers are humans. They’re moral agents who consciously choose to do evil, and that’s why they deserve condemnation and death. Don’t cheapen the horrific nature of what they do by giving them the same “out” we’d give a rattlesnake. These people are worse.
Go drop a donation at Yoni’s site to help ease the financial woes of this poor murdered woman’s husband and four children.
Click on these links and tell me if you notice what’s missing from the search results:
What’s missing is any mention of the Groningen Protocol on the major liberal blogs. Why are the self-styled Champions of The Downtrodden™ so silent? Do they really have no opinion about a system of government-sanctioned killing of children under age twelve?
I heard something frightening on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday. Low-key news coverage reveals that systematic euthanasia of children has begun in the Netherlands:
A hospital in the Netherlands – the first nation to permit euthanasia – recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.
The Groningen Protocol, as the hospital’s guidelines have come to be known, would create a legal framework for permitting doctors to actively end the life of newborns deemed to be in similar pain from incurable disease or extreme deformities.
The guideline says euthanasia is acceptable when the child’s medical team and independent doctors agree the pain cannot be eased and there is no prospect for improvement, and when parents think it’s best.
I recoiled from this news as soon as I heard it, but some of you reading this are thinking “what’s the big deal?” Let me illustrate the big deal with a hypothetical situation.
Following up yesterday’s flurry of blogging on the bombing at the Taba Hilton Resort in Egypt, The Jawa Report has a Religion of Peace™ round-up and a collection of information on Kenneth Bigley, the British subject beheaded today by followers of guess-which-religion.
Now there are claims from the terrorists that Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is alive and has either been released or moved somewhere “safe.”
UPDATE: Reports indicate Cpl. Wassoun has reportedly been freed, is in Lebanon, and has called the U.S. Embassy there asking to be picked up.
Why do I feel no warm fuzzies for “palestinians” in the “occupied territories”? Here’s why.
I need advice from somebody who’s a better Christian than I’m turning out to be.
Somebody tell me how I’m supposed to muster the willpower to love my enemies when they ambush and murder a pregnant woman traveling with her children.