IN OTHER CASES LIKE THE ALFIE EVANS CASE, IS THE POSITION OF THE BISHOPS OF THE TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE REALLY ANY DIFFERENT FROM THE APPROVING POSITION OF THE ENGLISH BISHOPS?

TX BISHOPS AND THE CULTURE OF DEATH

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 3, 2018    15 Comments

Social justice bishops support euthanasia in Texas

Texas bishops are actually supporting end-of-life directives that allow Texas hospitals to kill their patients much the same as U.K. hospitals did to Alfie Evans and Charlie Guard.The Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) allows hospitals, not patients or family members to decide when to withdraw life-sustaining care from patients if doctors deem continued care to be futile. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) last year showed strong support for the measure: “Human intervention that would deliberately cause, hasten or unnecessarily prolong the patient’s death violates the dignity of the human person. … TCCB strongly supports §166.046 as indispensable for ensuring dignity at end of life.”

In other words, providing such basics as food, water and oxygen to someone would prolong their life, which they surmise would not be merciful. This was exactly the argument Alder Hey hospital used to kill Alfie Evans against the plea of his parents.

Pope St. John Paul II strongly opposed this mentality and practice. In his 2004 address on “life-sustaining treatments and vegetative state,” John Paul II taught that food and water must always be offered even when it’s artificially provided. “The sick person in a vegetative state, awaiting recovery or a natural end,” said the Pope, “still has the right to basic health care (nutrition, hydration, cleanliness, warmth, etc.).” He added, “Death by starvation or dehydration is … euthanasia by omission.”

The Culture of Death isn’t being staunchly attacked in Texas because social justice bishops are instead attacking the very groups who are fighting for life from womb to tomb such as the Texas Right to Life. Earlier this year Texas bishops issued a parish advisory attacking the oldest and largest pro-life group in Texas.

Watch the panel discuss Catholic support of social justice politicians in The Download—TX Bishops the Culture of Death.

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2 Responses to IN OTHER CASES LIKE THE ALFIE EVANS CASE, IS THE POSITION OF THE BISHOPS OF THE TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE REALLY ANY DIFFERENT FROM THE APPROVING POSITION OF THE ENGLISH BISHOPS?

  1. gellerman55 says:

    I can’t recall which holy person talked about the different levels of purgatory but I distinctly remember one being reserved for the clergy who abuse their office. The fact that ANY person who has taken Holy Orders can come out so publicly and authoritatively against a group that works so tirelessly to defend the defenseless is just almost beyond my comprehension. I pray they wake up and amend this egregious act before they die, and before more babies die as a result of folks turning away from the TxRTL.

  2. Side point: I believe it is Charlie Gard, not Guard.
    It is shocking to see any clergy member of any stripe defending withholding food, water, or basic care to any human being in a vulnerable state. What was done to Alfie Evans and his parents violates simple human decency, the state took away parental rights from loving and devoted parents and decided a child not their own had to die. They relentlessly pursued the life of this baby, tortured his parents valiantly trying to defend him against the behemoth state, and reportedly, snuck into the baby’s room after distracting his father, and injected the baby with a lethal cocktail.
    This is murder. That anyone, let alone a member of the Catholic clergy, would defend the egregious manner in which this child and his parents were treated is horrifying. The men who infest our church are as morally lost as anyone in the secular world.

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