Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Deaf and dumb... a very sad story.

The story is unbelievable.

If it is true, then it is very sad, and very scary.  These poor men must not have understood that they have a soul, and that God exists, and that he loves them:  That what is invisible is important... eye has not seen, ear has not heard... 
Identical twins have been killed by Belgian doctors in a unique case under the country's euthanasia laws.

The 45-year-old brothers from the Antwerp region were born deaf and sought euthanasia after finding that they would also soon go blind. They told doctors they were unable to bear the thought of not being able to see each other again.
The twins, who have not been named but have been pictured on Belgian TV, had spent their entire lives together, sharing a flat and working as cobblers.

Belgium's 'Het Laatste Nieuws' newspaper reported at the weekend that doctors at Brussels University Hospital in Jette "euthanised" the two men by lethal injection last month.
Under Belgian law, euthanasia is allowed if those wishing to end their lives are able to make their wishes clear and a doctor judges that they are suffering unbearable pain.
David Dufour, the doctor who presided over the euthanasia, said the twins had died together and had taken the decision in "full conscience".

"They were very happy. It was a relief to see the end of their suffering... - Source
Blood and water flowing from the side of Christ as a font of mercy for us, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.


  1. Well put, Terry. So many people in these countries that have legalized euthanasia feel an obligation to die, as well. It's terribly sad.

  2. And what happens when "healers" become "killers?" No one in Belgium can trust their doctors. No one in Holland can trust their doctors. They have eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and believe they are gods with power over life and death. Better find out what principles guide the actions of your doctors!

  3. A friend gave me the link to this post. Incredibly sad and disturbing. I have met a few persons who were deaf and blind. I have two friends, brothers, who have Usher's Syndrome. They have been quite deaf - not totally deaf - from birth and to some extent have tunnel vision. Fr Cyril Axelrod CSsR has the same and is not totally blind [http://cyrilaxelrod.wordpress.com/]. I often celebrate Mass with Deaf people. I have never met one who complained of 'unbearable pain'. I have a good friend, a retired journalist, who became blind in middle age. Now over 80, he is still very active, still living on his own, and I've never heard him complain of pain of any kind from his blindness. A now deceased Columban confrere of mine who also went blind in middle age developed a ministry of retreat work precisely because of that. Did no one offer any hope to these two men? May they rest in peace.

  4. The above should read; 'Fr Cyril . . . is NOW totally blind'.

  5. Fr. Coyle - that is what I've been wondering since I heard about this - did not anyone offer any hope to these men?


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