Petition to Philippe, King of the Belgians, to halt child euthanasia
Roman Catholic King Philippe of Belgium has a choice before him (and before God): i) to assent to his Parliament's Bill to permit child euthanasia, contra the explicit teaching of the Magisterium; ii) to abdicate conveniently for day to assuage his conscience; or iii) simply to hold his ground, refuse assent, and thereby precipitate a constitutional crisis which would doubtless result in his overthrow and dethronement, if not the break-up of Belgium.
There is a heavy price to pay for placing private Christian convictions over public political duty.
In December 2008, Roman Catholic Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg refused assent to his Parliament's Bill to legalise euthanasia. It was, he asserted, an issue of conscience. And so proposals came forward to to amend his country's constitution, to downgrade the role of the Grand Duke to promulgating laws with a signature rather than approving them, giving him a purely ceremonial duty in line with other European constitutional monarchies.
In April 1990, Roman Catholic King Baudouin of Belgium temporarily abdicated over his personal moral objections to the Belgian Parliament's law legalising abortion. The government issued a statement saying it had declared the devout King "unable to reign" (usually referring to some mental incapacity), which permitted the abortion law to be promulgated irrespective of the King's conscience.
This was merely constitutional prestidigitation; a cunning contortion and sly deception to eradicate all inconvenient checks on the inexorable march of the enlightened liberal supremacy.
Some of King Philippe's subjects are petitioning him:
Your Majesty,Here is THE PETITION
You are the King of the Belgians and as such committed to your people. You are used to signing every law that has been adopted by the democratically elected Parliament, even if you do not agree with them. However, there are laws that will affect not only Belgium but also Europe in the long term.
This law is unique and it serves as a sign to other countries that it might be permissible to introduce such laws. Please listen to the many voices at home and abroad, warning you of the dangers of this law - your Episcopal Conference and the members of parliaments across Europe who have spoken up clearly against this law.
As concerned citizens of Europe, we write to you to urge you not to sign this bill, even if it will be a challenge for you to defend this decision. Please do not say yes to the most frightening law on euthanasia worldwide.
Listen to your conscience and stand as a monarch with ethical principles. Show yourself worthy of the challenge for which you have been prepared throughout your life.
His Grace exhorts his readers and communicants to sign it, and to spread the word far and wide across the continents. Belgium is the only country in the world which believes a five-year-old has the capacity to determine his or her future and decide irrevocable matters of life and death. This is not a mere moral offence or ethical shame; it is malevolent, wicked and evil.