Pope supports parents of Charlie Gard; Trump offers to help

Pope supports parents of Charlie Gard; Trump offers to help

Catholic World News – July 03, 2017

Pope Francis has offered a statement of sympathy for the parents of Charlie Gard, the 10-month-old child who faces death in a London hospital after his parent were denied legal permission to take him to the US for experimental treatment of his rare genetic disorder.

In a July 3 statement the Pope expressed “affection and emotion” for the child and his parents. He added: “For them he prays, hoping that their desire to accompany and care for their own child to the end is not ignored.”

The papal statement contrasted with earlier staments by Archbishop Vicenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and by the bishops’ conference of England Wales. Neither of those statements had affirmed the rights of the parents to determine the appropriate course of treatment for their child. Even the Pope’s statement did not directly address to question of justice that arose when English courts, followed by the European Court of Human Rights, ruled that the hospital could override the parents’ wishes.

Earlier, on July 2, Pope Francis had issued a more general statement on his Twitter account that some readers saw as a reference to the Charlie Gard case: “To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.”

Update: President Donald Trump has offered to help make it possible for Charlie Gard to come to the US for treatment. The American leader hinted that Pope Francis had encouraged his involvement. On his busy Twitter account, Trump said: “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”

Amid rumors of diplomatica activity on behalf of the child and his parents, British Prime Minister Theresa May declined to comment on Trump’s remark, saying that the matter is “a very sensitive case.”

From Moscow, Metropolitan Hilarion, the chief external-affairs official of the Russian Orthodox Church, said that the Europe Court’s decision ignoring the rights of Charlie Gard’s parents was a “monstrous” decision, demonstrating “a deep crisis in the concept of human-rights protection.”

Further update and prayer request:

As this message goes out, CWN has confirmed reports of diplomatic activity– involving the US, the UK, and the Vatican– in the case of Charlie Gard. Please say a prayer for a quick resolution.

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2 comments on “Pope supports parents of Charlie Gard; Trump offers to help

  1. Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

  2. Mainstream Media Silence: Tragic Case of Charlie Gard
    by ex-Rev Mr. Liz Liv Glendon Williams

    In his statement, the academy president Archbishop Vincenzo Faglia said while the parents’ wishes should be “heard and respected,” they must also be helped to understand the “unique difficulty of their situation” that includes accepting “the limits of medicine.” [i.e., Suck it up! Nice bedside manor, Faglia. -Cyprian]

    While Charlie was expected to die on Friday, the hospital announced that it now plans to give Charlie and his parents “more time together as a family,” following a public outcry in support of the parents. [they plan to give more time! Hey, thanks, and Sieg Heil!]

    Media: C’mon kid, just die so we can get back to trashing Trump.

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