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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Euthanasia: History Repeats Itself...Again

As the Netherlands continues on its path of eventual self-destruction through euthanasia and abortion, they have found a way to increase the availability of euthanasia services to everyone, not just those who are physically able to get to a clinic. If you are frail and disabled, as of March of 2012, the Netherlands will dispatch a mobile euthanasia van to your site to kill you. (see this link here) You don't have to inconvenience your neighbor or relatives or ring up a taxi charge as one of your last actions on this earth. The Netherlands estimates they will be able to kill about 1000 extra people per year with this unique service.
   It took only 72 years for history to repeat itself. During the Nazi reign of terror, the Nazi's dispatched "gas vans" to kill civilians who could not get into their "work camps." How convenient.
Now, the Dutch have gone back in history and borrowed on Hitler's ideas to rid society of the frail, disabled, elderly and undesirable.  H/t Wesley on Secondhand Smoke

Good God in heaven, does anyone in the Netherlands have a problem with this?

"I confirm that euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written word of God, is transmitted by the Church's Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium...
To concur with the intention of another person to commit suicide and to help in carrying it out through so-called 'assisted suicide' means to cooperate in, and at times to be the actual perpetrator of, an injustice which can never be excused, even if it is requested...
Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual...
Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize." 
Blessed JP 2 (Evangelium Vitae)

addendum: Here is a blog post from a Catholic who is experiencing this firsthand in the Netherlands
(thanks Renee)


Anonymous Renee Lin said...

To get a Dutch Catholic perspective on this, go to In Caelo et in Terra, Mark de Vries is a convert to Catholicism with a great command of the English language. I can't imagine what it's like being Catholic in a country that has gone so far down the wrong path....

August 07, 2012 8:51 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Thanks for the link Renee, I updated the post with it. Take care

August 07, 2012 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how long it is going to take before they do involuntary euthanasia, or ones requested by family members. BTW, as someone of German extraction, I have always been bothered by the blot on "my people's" history of Nazi death camps. Would I then somehow be capable of accepting such a thing? Do I have complicit blood relatives? My German relatives that I do know apparently did not like the Nazis. The Church is more important than we realize, and we should not forget the Catholic martyrs in that era. And we should pray for the Dutch to have courage in their current situation. Julie

August 08, 2012 8:49 AM  
Blogger kkollwitz said...

I'm reminded of the soothing euthanasia center in Soylent Green:

August 08, 2012 12:06 PM  

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