George Soros, Chairman of the Soros Management Fund, a 25 billion dollar (most of it his money) fund.,
It used to be that it was thought that it is love that makes the world go round. Others have demonstrated by their actions that they believe that it is money that makes the world go round. Now it is apparent that from the man in the street even to some of the world’s leaders they believe that it is compassion that prompts people to offer relief from suffering, whether mental or physical, to those who suffer.
Do people suffer from hopeless sickness, offer them assisted suicide. Do others suffer but are incapable of acting offer them passive euthanasia. Are others a burden to their family or society, euthanize them. Do the divorced and ‘remarried’ suffer from not being able to receive Holy Communion, give it to them. Compassion is what makes the world go round, they believe.
Catholics of course are taught that the theologicial virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity (love) are the foundation of living the Gospel. But Saint Paul reminds of that of the three the most important is love, without which all human acts are without value in the sight of God. But our secular society preaches that compassion for suffering people is the most important motivating force.
It is truly a scandal that Catholic health care institutions should have joined forces with those who promote passive euthanasia under the guise of palliative care.
USEFUL IDIOTS: The use of the term in political discourse has since been extended to other propagandists, especially those who are seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause which they naïvely believe to be a force for good. WIKIPEDIA
In her 2005 book Terri’s Story: The Court Ordered Death of an American Woman, author Diana Lynn describes it as the “third path” to death, not wholly natural, not suicide, but something in between.
These moderates insist there is a big difference between withholding and withdrawing medical treatment and giving someone access to a lethal dose of barbiturates. The more militant, on the other hand, see little or no difference. Professor Dowbiggin points this out in his book A Merciful End– The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America: “Derek Humphry, Faye Girsh, and Timothy Quill all object to the hypocrisy of outlawing physician-assisted suicide, while permitting the practice of physicians drugging pain-wracked dying patients into comas and then removing hydration and nutrition so that the patients die of starvation and dehydration, in what is called ‘terminal sedation’.”
During the last half of the 20th Century, medicine was changing. In 1987 Dr. Josefina Magno of Washington DC, and Dr. Gerald Holman, director of St. Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo, Texas called a meeting of hospice physicians in Granby, CO to form what later became known as the American Academy for Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the professional organization for palliative physicians.
Right-to-Die Partnership for Caring came to be in the late 90s when AAHPM and Choice in Dying came together. PfCs IRS Form 990 shows they self-identified as a Right-to-Die organization. They reported their exempt purpose as “Right-to-Die”
Dr. Ira Byock of AAHPM and Karen Kaplan of Choice in Dying described the purpose of the merger in the Partnership for Caring newsletter: “Partnership for Caring will engage in high visibility, high impact activities on both national and grassroots community levels to meet two basic goals. The first … is to raise awareness in patients, families, and their providers — about the kind of care that every person in this nation deserves at life’s end. The second … is to create a chorus of informed demand among consumers for improved end-of-life care that cannot be ignored.”
In other words, Partnership for Caring would conduct a major public relations campaign to gain public support and a political mandate for their agenda. According to their 990 form they would hold presentations and training workshops, special events and provide members with information describing people’s options and rights with regard to life sustaining treatments.
Many foundations funded this low profile euthanasia movement, but two stand out as the leaders. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded research and infrastructure and George Soros’ Project on Death in America (PDIA) funded a cadre of professionals. In the last 20 years these two foundations have provided several hundred million dollars to advance THEIR VERSION OF PALLIATIVE CARE into our American health care system and worldwide.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. From its beginning, the Foundation acted like a quasi-university, allowing intellectuals to test ideas with the Foundation’s money. The Foundation is notorious for funding pilot projects so that it can later convince government to replicate them on a much grander scale.
Starting in 1989, RWJ launched the six-year SUPPORT study of how 10,000 patients were cared for at the end of their lives. Dr. Joanne Lynn, who is currently Director of the Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI), led the study.
During this time, the Clinton attempt at health care reform had failed. Death and dying was a hot topic. Trumpeting the SUPPORT study in the news their message became: “The way we care for people who are dying and their families is dreadful. But with adequate communication we could change all that… just get people to fill out living wills and forego treatment.” But it didn’t work. Fewer than 20 percent of us signed living wills.
Enter George Soros in the mid-90s. His 1994 speech at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center announcing the formation of Project on Death in America included this summary statement: “The mission of the Project is to promote a better understanding of the experiences of dying and bereavement and by doing so help transform the culture surrounding death.
In November of 1995 Soros called 20 foundations together who were committed to transforming the culture of dying. In addition to Soros’ Project on Death in America, his Open Society Institute and RWJ, the list of attendees include some people from many other foundations —- AARP, Commonwealth Fund, Greenwall Foundation, Mayday Fund and Kornfeld Foundation, Milbank Memorial Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Family Office, and the Gerbode Foundation.
Our members serve patients across the continuum in 45 states with over 450 acute care hospitals and nearly 300 long-term care facilities. Additionally, many of our member organizations have hospices and home health services that serve the palliative care needs of their communities.
Ascension Health – St. Louis, MO
Avera – Sioux Falls, SD
Benedictine Health System – Duluth, MN
Bon Secours Richmond Health System Inc. – Richmond, VA
Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm – Germantown, NY
Catholic Health Association of the United States – St. Louis, MO
Catholic Health Initiatives – Denver, CO
Catholic Health Partners – Cincinnati, OH
Covenant Health Systems – Tewksbury, MA
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System – Baton Rouge, LA
Hospital Sisters Health System – Springfield, IL
Mercy – Chesterfield, MO
OSF HealthCare – Peoria, IL
PeaceHealth – Vancouver, WA
Presence Health – Chicago, IL
Providence Health & Services – Renton, WA
Sisters of Charity Health System – Cleveland, OH
SCL Health System – Denver, CO
SSM Health Care – St. Louis, MO
St. Joseph Health – Irvine, CA
Trinity Health – Livonia, MI