Rome, 2 October 2017. On Friday 29 September 2017, Bro. René Stockman, Superior General of the Brothers of Charity, reported to the competent authorities of the Vatican about the state of affairs regarding the performance of euthanasia in the institutions of the Brothers of Charity in Belgium.
As the Brothers of Charity Organization decided in its meeting of 11 September last not to adapt its vision statement on the performance of euthanasia, and thus allowing euthanasia under certain conditions in their institutions, by which it goes against the request of the Vatican to conform to the Catholic doctrine in this matter, and given the fact that the attempts to enter into consultations in Belgium did not produce the desired result, the Brothers of Charity Organization will be invited by the Vatican to explain their vision, after which a final decision will be made.
In this way, the Brothers of Charity Organization in Belgium is offered the ultimate chance to align itself with the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
The Vatican, however, communicates that it will not change its initial request to have an absolute respect for life in all circumstances in accordance with the Catholic doctrine.