Brussels, Belgium, Sep 17, 2017 / 05:01 am
Br. René Stockman says it clearly: the path to euthanasia is not viable for a Catholic hospital.
After a board of trustees decision to allow euthanasia in Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity, the community's general superior spoke with CNA about the issues at stake, and the possibility that the Brothers of Charity might discontinue sponsoring hospitals if things do not change.
The Congregation of the Brothers of Charity is a religious community of brothers founded in Belgium in 1807, with the mission to care for the poor, elderly and those affected by psychiatric diseases.
"It was immediately clear to our founder, Fr. Pierre Joseph Triest, that there was the need to combine the contemplative life of religious orders with a professional work on charity. But we are not social workers, though we work in professional ways. Mostly, through our social activity we help people to see how God shine in their lives."