Friday, February 14, 2014

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,

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.


Blogger Corrigan said...


14 February 2014 at 16:04  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Signed. Thank you Cranmer.

14 February 2014 at 16:11  
Blogger Ars Hendrik said...

Signed without hesitation.

Well done for posting the link.

14 February 2014 at 16:23  
Blogger Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Signed and sent. Posted on Facebook.

14 February 2014 at 16:47  
Blogger Owl said...

Signed and my thanks to you YG for bringing this to our attention.

14 February 2014 at 16:59  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

At one time, the archetype of King taught men about man's relationship to God. Today the archetype presumes to teach God about God's relationship to men. We see here encased the modern understanding of King. For he is given ceremonies and palaces and robes and crowns. He is honored in public and his picture is put on the wall. But let him once try to reign as Sovereign and he is abruptly informed that his continuing position is dependent upon obedience. He may acquiesce and keep his throne, or he will be removed. He isn't here to tell us how to live. He is here to reflect our glory.

Woe to them who believe such things about the Living God. For He is indeed a king in the old sense, and He holds in His hand a rod of iron.


14 February 2014 at 17:20  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Signed and shared.

14 February 2014 at 17:22  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

By the time this appears on Cranmer, this man too will have put his name down.

Holding his ground is not an option for the King, but one of the options that is available to a Head of State is the ability to dismiss the government at any time. It really is the final, and dare it be said, most desperate of acts in a time of desperation - in this case, to prevent evil entering the statute books.

Let the much feared ‘constitutional crisis’ occur. Let the people vote on the bill directly by referendum. And if the politicians do not acquiesce, let the King rule henceforth by decree. And most importantly, let the Army, who have sworn allegiance to the King, show themselves to be at his side…

Pray God he has the stomach for this last resort if the bill is not binned – for God, for his people and for his nation.

14 February 2014 at 17:40  
Blogger William Lewis said...


14 February 2014 at 17:59  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Signed, delivered and shared with friends on Facebook.

"This is not a mere moral offence or ethical shame; it is malevolent, wicked and evil."

14 February 2014 at 18:21  
Blogger john in cheshire said...

I too have signed. This proposal is an abomination; evil bestrides the world without let or hindrance. How much worse must it become before goodness starts to fight back?

14 February 2014 at 18:32  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

Thank you, Your Grace. My signature is now on the petition too.

I’m inclined to think that King Baudouin’s prestidigitation, as Your Grace rightly calls it, when he artfully dodged the issue in 1990, was the worst of his three options. To have stood firm would undoubtedly have been the best course, but even if he had said, in effect, “I am a constitutional monarch and my duty is to sign the law, even though that goes against my religious convictions,” I wonder whether that wouldn’t have come under the heading of what a fictional pope once called, in a different context, “the manlier sin”, compared with the weaselly jiggery-pokery that he salved his conscience with.

14 February 2014 at 19:50  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Uncle Brian, Happy Jack asks you as you are a Roman Catholic, will your church intervene?

Should the King sign, surely he will be committing a grievous sin? Will the Catholic Church in Belgium publically demand he faithfully follows church teaching or face excommunication, and potential eternal damnation, unless he later genuinely repents?

14 February 2014 at 20:24  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

Happy Jack

In the United States, there is a long-running debate going on within the Catholic Church about whether priests should refuse Communion to politicians who have voted in Congress in favour of abortion and other legislation that is contrary to Catholic teaching. I don’t know what the current state of play is—you’d have to ask an American Catholic—but as far as I know, no decisive ruling has been given about Nancy Pelosi and others in that situation. I can’t see into the future without a crystal ball, but I don’t suppose the King of Belgium would get harsher treatment than U.S. politicians.

14 February 2014 at 21:30  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Uncle Brian, then, in Happy Jack's opinion, if the King is not approached, in private at least, the Catholic Church will be failing in its duty.

The King is in a unique position. He can refuse to sign this evil, satanic legislation and use his authority to speak against it.

Has the Vatican or the Belgium church said anything at all?

14 February 2014 at 21:51  
Blogger Busy Mum said...

Signed and shared.
I note they are aiming for 100,000 signatures. The C4M petition had well over 500,000 (now over 600,000) and it didn't make a jot of difference to the Marriage(SScouples) Bill, either through Parliament or when it came to being rubber-stamped by our Queen.

14 February 2014 at 22:50  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Signed, without reservation or hesitation.

The legislation is evil.

No more to say.

14 February 2014 at 23:12  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

Happy Jack

I’m extremely flattered that you should believe I’m au courant with what the Archbishop of Mechelen/Malines and other Belgian prelates are whispering in the king’s ear. Unfortunately they haven’t let me in on their secret. I’m sorry to disappoint you.

15 February 2014 at 00:44  
Blogger non mouse said... is malevolent, wicked and evil. W-e-e-e-e-ll, Your Grace-

Methinks that's what Joseph Conrad said about Brussells (?sp) way back in 1902 ("Heart of Darkness"). What lay behind his depiction, we may not know; however, one may note that, before setting up their stall in England, Marx and Engels were at work in Brussells between 1845 and 1847. According to my reading of Wiki, their writings there may have served as drafts of The Communist Manifesto

So - we may be justified in suspecting that Belgians know no better.

Signed, nevertheless....

15 February 2014 at 01:03  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Uncle Brian, Happy Jack get's the message and understands the Catholic Church has its liberals and modernisers too. Belgium seems to be in a right old state, if you don't mind Jack saying so. Hopefully that Archbishop will speak his mind and do his job.

And is it too much to ask that all the church leaders in Canterbury, Rome and Constantinople speak out?

15 February 2014 at 01:07  
Blogger Len said...

Hopefully this evil will be prevented.

15 February 2014 at 08:46  
Blogger The Explorer said...


15 February 2014 at 09:15  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Happy Jack is correct. For too long we have had Church leaders too anxious to be everybody's friend and refusing to be judgemental. We are granted discernment that we may discern, the the chief thing to be discerned is the difference between good and evil. Killing one's own children is surely about as evil as it can possibly get. With abortion, it was bad enough having to listen to all the rationalizing blather about not actually killing children, only removing cell clumps, but what is the excuse now? More of that famous liberal "compassion"? I'm balding and overweight; would anybody like to put me out of my misery? (Form a queue behind Avi). Where is it going to stop?

15 February 2014 at 09:24  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

It would be interesting to know how many children had asked but denied access, to effect their own death.

15 February 2014 at 11:14  
Blogger Albert said...

You raise an interesting point, Dreadnaught. Does anyone know what the circumstances are in which a child may ask to end their life? How about if they are just depressed but otherwise healthy?

15 February 2014 at 11:42  
Blogger The Explorer said...

What is the age of criminal responsibility in Belgium, when kids are considered old enough to know what they are doing and be culpable?


15 February 2014 at 12:42  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

It never ceases to amaze me how little we in the West are prepared to discuss death. We happily spent our lives examining how best (according to individual desires that is) to live yet give hardly a thought to how we should prepare for our death.

Death is a Taboo subject in our so called civilised world and as such we expose ourselves to vulnerability when circumstance overtakes our opportunity for rational reason.

I don't trust or should I say want to burden, the medical profession with the responsibility to dictate how a person should die and that is why I have a Living Will.

We should be able to talk about death with the same ease as we talk about birth, and this is where I am at odds with the religiously framed narrative that instills fear in to the mind of the 'waverers'.

We as a race, should not be making laws, how ever well intended, that will inevitably lead to a form of legalised 'criminality', open opportunities for abuse or essentially, abrogation of the core medical ethos of delivering healthcare in life. We should be making progress in how we deliver the same degree of consideration to a person when their life is in the process of conclusion.

15 February 2014 at 13:00  
Blogger bluedog said...

signed & shared

15 February 2014 at 22:13  
Blogger Ivan said...

Dreadnaught has the nub of it. Fear of death is now turned to promote death of the spirit.

16 February 2014 at 06:50  
Blogger richardhj said...

Signed it.

16 February 2014 at 07:12  
Blogger Sister Tiberia said...

Signed. Thank you, Your Grace, for bringing this to everyone's attention

16 February 2014 at 16:29  

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