Stealth Euthanasia

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  March 20, 2019   

Bp. Michael Olson is against Texans' right to life

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Fort Worth Bp. Michael Olson is leading the Texas bishops in its support of 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.

While not all bishops side with Olson, nevertheless, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) showed strong support in 2017 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."

Texas Right to Life (TRL) is fighting back against this pro-death law. Church Militant has learned from sources close to the case that Olson himself is the biggest obstacle to resisting this ungodly law and even attacking TRL. President of TRL Jim Graham told Church Militant that if Texas bishops won't fight the law, then they will.

"We've said, 'Alright if we have to be the ones that fight this law then we will,'" Graham said.

Euthanasia is picking up steam around the world as Catholic bishops stand by and watch in silence. One example is the 2018 high-profile case of Alfie Evans, whose parents were not allowed by U.K. courts to move their sick toddler to Italy to seek alternative care. Evans' death following the removal of food, water and a breathing tube sparked a strong reaction from Nadine Dorries, a Conservative member of Parliament in the House of Commons.

She took the bishops to task for their silence as Evans died.

"Catholic bishops and priests of England, hang your heads in shame. It took the Pope to show you up for the weak, pathetic, blow with the winds that you truly are," tweeted Dorries.

Watch the panel discuss the many bishops who are on the wrong side of life in The Download—Stealth Euthanasia.

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