Top European leader blasts Pope for telling Catholic hospitals not to euthanize patients

Top European leader blasts Pope for telling Catholic hospitals not to euthanize patients

Lisa Bourne

BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The former European Council president took a shot at papal authority on social media last weekend, inferring that Pope Francis should not have input on whether a Belgian Catholic religious order allows its hospitals to euthanize patients.

“The time of ‘Roma locuta causa finita’ has long been over,” Herman Van Rompuy tweeted in Dutch on Sunday.

The phrase ‘Roma locuta causa finite,’ is Latin for “Rome has spoken, the case is closed.” It originates from an early fifth-century statement by St. Augustine and references the ultimate authority held by the pope.

The tweet was in reply to canon law professor Kurt Marten’s tweet publishing the list of trustees for the Belgian Brothers of Charity, showing Van Rompuy serves on the Board.

The Board made the controversial decision to allow euthanasia in its hospitals earlier this spring. Composed primarily of lay people, the Board is connected to the Brothers of Charity religious congregation though still separate.

The Brothers of Charity Group has not yet responded to a Vatican demand to reverse the policy allowing euthanasia, according to the Catholic Herald, and Van Rompuy’s tweet may signal resistance.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that euthanasia “is morally unacceptable” and “constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.”

Van Rompuy, the former Prime Minister of Belgium, was the European Council’s first head from 2009 to 2014. The Council defines the European Union’s overall political direction and priorities.

More at www.lifesitenews.com/news/belgian-politician-criticizes-pope-for-requesting-euthanasia-ban-at-brother

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3 comments on “Top European leader blasts Pope for telling Catholic hospitals not to euthanize patients

  1. Someone should inform that Illuminati puppet that, in fact, both the Holy Father and the Brothers of Charity are bound not to commit murder. In this case, the pope is perfectly within his rights and authority to order Catholic religious orders not to murder patients. Some silly Dutch (or Belgian) freemason from the Orwellian European Council has no just authority to order otherwise.

  2. Good for Pope Francis.

  3. We can make a club. Call it the broken clock society.

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