In Belgium, the hospitals of the Brothers of Charity want to continue the euthanasia

The Belgian organization of the Brothers of Charity has been preached by the Vatican, which has deprived it of the right to present itself as “Catholic”, and intends to continue to carry out euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.

“We do not see the need to adjust our operations on a practical level (…) because we are convinced that we are acting correctly”, affirms, in a press release, this association which manages, in Belgium, the works of the religious congregation of Brothers of Charity.

→ READ. In Belgium, the works of the Brothers of Charity will no longer be “Catholic”

In 2017, she had indeed decided to admit euthanasia for her psychiatric patients, justifying her decision by the desire to comply with Belgian law after a Flemish Catholic retirement home was forced to pay a fine for refusing euthanasia to a 74-year-old patient with lung cancer.

“We think we act with maximum respect for life”

According to Mattias Devriendt, head of communications for the association, the 20-odd euthanasia practiced since then in their 12 psychiatric hospitals (1) nevertheless testifies to “a vision more strict than that indicated by Belgian law, very flexible “

But it is obviously already too much in the eyes of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which recalled “the moral unacceptability of euthanasia” and “the impossibility of introducing this practice in Catholic hospitals”.

For Raf De Rycke, president of the Brothers of Charity association, this is a ” point of view ” which can evolve over time and take better account of the context. “On this complex issue, we believe we act with maximum respect for life, he explains to The cross. We remain convinced that our vision of euthanasia has a pastoral content which is fully in line with Christian personalism. “

“It’s euthanasia that it’s about”

He also believes that Brother René Stockman, superior general of the Brothers of Charity, who sits in Rome, would use the pretext of euthanasia to settle his accounts with the Belgian branch of his congregation, of which he was provincial from 1994 to 2000, after being responsible for his mental hospitals.

In doing so, said Raf De Rycke, the superior general would be acting in violation of the principle of subsidiarity when the Belgian religious members of the association’s board of directors had approved the orientation text allowing euthanasia.

An accusation rejected by Brother Stockman, of which Raf De Rycke was the assistant in the 1990s before succeeding him as head of psychiatric care for the organization. “It’s euthanasia it’s all about, he corrects. It is this subject which, for three years, has been at the heart of the meetings that we have had with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Secretary of State. “

“You can’t touch life”

He also recalls that, in 2018, the general chapter which re-elected him for a fourth term as head of the Brothers of Charity had “clearly confirmed that one cannot touch life”. “This is not my personal vision but that of the whole chapter”, he insisted, while recognizing that all religious may not agree.

In October 2018, following this chapter, he had not renewed the terms of directors of two religious who had approved the organization’s decision to practice euthanasia. Which makes the organization say that it would not have the support of the Belgian province. “In religious life, a province cannot say that the decisions of a general chapter are not for it”, nevertheless recalls the religious.

In this story, it is not impossible that the will to settle scores is hidden with a figure labeled as “conservative” after having engaged in the Belgian debate on euthanasia, especially when it was a question of open this possibility to psychiatric patients, of whom Brother Stockman is a recognized specialist.

A very secularized Flemish Catholicism

“We cannot exclude the will to attack a personality opposed to what is seen, by large swathes of a liberal and very secularized Flemish Catholicism, as a normal evolution of society”, says an observer of Belgian Catholicism.

Not imagining this drift of Flemish Catholicism at the time of forming the association to which they entrusted their works, the Brothers of Charity were undoubtedly careless in not foreseeing that the decision could one day escape them.

The decisions are now taken within a board of directors where they are a minority, they know today that they will have to give up works yet at the heart of the action of the congregation from its foundation in the early nineteenth century in Ghent. Works that also enabled the Belgian province to finance numerous solidarity projects around the world.

The battle will move on the judicial front

Raf De Ryke said the superior general feared that this important source of funding for the work of his congregation around the world would disappear. Except that solidarity within an international religious congregation cannot be limited by secular borders.

Theological and moral, the battle is therefore likely to move on the legal front, and in particular on the key question of the ownership of psychiatric hospitals.

For Brother Stockman, these are the property of another association under Belgian law still controlled by the religious and separate from the organization now breaking with the congregation. For Raf De Rycke, the situation is more complex, the goods belonging to the Belgian region of the Brothers of Charity which makes them available to the organization thanks to long-term leases which are difficult to question.

“Brothers of Charity”: “a name we have the right to use”

“We are currently consulting lawyers. A solution through open and constructive dialogue seems difficult to me, even if we will make every effort possible “, he said, recalling that “Belgian civil law must prevail over Church law”.

He also said that there was no question of questioning the name of the organization Brothers of Charity, which was a source of confusion with the eponymous religious congregation. “We explicitly chose to keep it last year, he explains. It is a known name in Belgium that we believe we have the right to use. “


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Health reveals 6 tips to prevent complications from dust storms

The Ministry of Health and Population directed to raise the degree of readiness to the highest level in all hospitals at the republic level, to intensify ambulances on the main roads and axes, and to convene a crisis and emergency room around the clock, coinciding with the meteorological agency’s warnings of the country being subjected to a dust storm within hours.

Day 7 reviews the Ministry of Health advice to prevent health complications For dust storms that the country is exposed to over the coming hours, especially for patients with chronic diseases, pregnant women, allergies and chest diseases to avoid complications.

1- Dealing with immunizations and medications to protect the body, especially children under 5 years of age, those over the age of 65 years, pregnant women, and those with chronic diseases.

2- Avoid strong odors such as perfumes, air fresheners, dust and car exhaust, pay attention to warm drinks and drink more water..

3- It is preferable not to leave the house on the days it spreads Storms And dust only for emergency conditions.

4- The nose should be covered .

5- It is preferable to stay away from pets that have thick hair because they irritate the airways.

6- The patient with chest diseases should stop smoking of all kinds.


Charity is not confined to the bedside of patients admitted to hospitals

If I understand the price that the presence of spiritual support can have for a dying person, I nevertheless feel that I disagree with the reader who is indignant that priests and chaplains are at this moment removed from the bedside of the sick (letters to readers of the March 26). How many of us, how many around the world will die, if we let it happen?

Charity commands, it is a fact, but charity is not confined to the bedside of the sick admitted to hospitals, and the apostolate of priests is exercised on all fronts with equal importance. Let us wish the sick a distance assistance but do not demand from the priests that they risk a precious life for all the faithful.

Claude Malherbe


Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his


California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

COVID-19 affects children differently than adults. This is what the doctors say in the following video.

The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.


Covibox, born between Roubaix and Tourcoing, protection against the virus in Parisian hospitals

It is a heavy act, but essential to save the patients most affected by the coronavirus. When they need to be ventilated for several weeks, ICU patients are given air through a hose, but which can damage the larynx and trachea over time. The only solution is a tracheostomy, an opening in the trachea. Gold, ”
it’s one of the most contaminating acts because Covid-19 lodges in the respiratory tract
“, Details Professor Yann Nguyen, ENT surgeon at Pitié Salpêtrière in …


Coronavirus. The auction organized by Jul raised more than € 300,000 for the

The auctions organized by Jul brought in € 306,505 to the benefit of hospitals. It was the rapper himself who released the figure on Twitter on Wednesday April 29.

In mid-April, Jul decided to auction off his gold, platinum and other certification records. He also invited other artists to do the same. Rappers Oxmo Puccimo and Orelsan answered the call.

Help finance the Emergency Aid Fund

Jul had also done it himself a donation of € 30,000 to help doctors.

The profits from this online auction will help the Fondation desôpitaux de France. They will finance, in particular, the Emergency Aid Fund set up to deal with the health crisis linked to the coronavirus epidemic.


Sochi FC handed over protective suits for hospitals and ambulance stations

With the funds raised by the players and the coaching and administrative headquarters of the club, 1000 protective suits were bought.
Photo: RIA News

The club has acquired 1000 protective suits for the resort’s medical facilities.

“With the funds raised by the players and the coaching and administrative headquarters of the club, 1,000 protective suits were bought for city hospitals and ambulances,” the team’s Instagram account says.

Costumes were also delivered to the observation point in the Imereti Lowland and infectious diseases hospitals in Dagomys.

The protective suits were handed to the ambulance staff by the Sochi mentor Vladimir Fedotov.

This is the fourth such campaign held by a football club. Previously, personal protective equipment was purchased for one of the infectious diseases hospitals.

As reported by the Kuban News, in the days of quarantine, Sochi employees supported wheelchair users. The team player, a French athlete, also took part in the volunteer activity. Adil Rami.

Volunteers delivered food packages to two dozen citizens. One of the first to receive support was the repeated winner of Russian and international veteran powerlifting tournaments, an 89-year-old resident of Sochi Galina Tsverova.

In the Krasnodar Territory on April 28, 51 new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed.

A total of 888 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Kuban. 19 patients died. 145 people recovered and were discharged from hospitals, including 13 over the past 24 hours.

Krasnodar Territory is in the top 3 of the ranking of regions for the fight against coronavirus.

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Great challenge for healthcare providers

Hospital facilities and healthcare professionals face a challenge unique and incomparable to any other in our modern history. Executive Order No. OE-2020-036 issued by the governor on April 21, 2020 must be converted into law, in a healthy exercise of justice by the Legislative Assembly, to correct any controversy regarding its validity and thus avoid adding it. more restlessness to our already dejected medical and hospital class.

From March 2020 to the present, clinical management guides, employee protection guides and others have undergone countless changes in the midst of this crisis and in a very short space of time. Similarly, medical disciplines and calls to outline care guides have not fully agreed on the proper way and way to handle this terrible virus. The threat that the spread of COVID 19 is a continuous risk until there is an approved vaccine, provokes new and even conflicting scenarios.

In the same way and different from other industries, the government’s response to the emergency requires that private hospitals continue to provide services as the arm of the State for the implementation of the government’s emergency plans.

The country has witnessed how different opinions and recommendations have been discussed on and off the island on methods and procedures to deal with the whole range of situations that this pandemic has caused us. These situations are not limited to positive patients only. There are also a number of patients with chronic conditions who remain at home because they are afraid of going to a hospital or medical office, due to the risk of contagion and do not seek medical attention for their health conditions, and the effect of which is that appropriate care under those circumstances be challenging.

Would it be fair that doctors, health facilities, nurses, technicians, and others, who have no control over these orders, over the amount of testing, over the equipment, and over the pandemic, also have to deal with the threat of lawsuits?

It deserves support for health service providers, who, after the 1993 Health Reform, were in charge of the function of providing the country’s health services. This sector, with all the essential components that surround it (doctors, nurses and other health professionals) work tirelessly to be the government arm that manages the emergency plan designed by the government of Puerto Rico.

It is these health professionals and the facilities where they work who are on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing these services and putting at risk the most precious thing one has, which is life.

Hospitals, doctors, nurses and other health professionals have fulfilled their duty to treat the sick, to be available and open, to be the arm of the state in coordinating the pandemic and to provide comfort to the afflicted population.

Legislative Assembly, it is your time to attend to this matter fairly and for the benefit of those who risk their lives for us, without undermining the constitutional right of patients to claim grievances, in circumstances not related to this COVID-19 emergency, and be compensated fairly in cases where there are intentional or criminal acts. Both interests are harmonizable.


Containment would have saved at least 60,000 lives in France

DECRYPTION – Without this emergency measure introduced in mid-March, the coronavirus epidemic would have continued its exponential growth, leading to a major overflow of hospitals.

Residents, confined to their homes, applaud in support of the nursing staff, in Paris on April 22, 2020.
Residents, confined to their homes, applaud in support of the nursing staff, in Paris on April 22, 2020. PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

What would have been the human impact of the Covid-19 epidemic in France, if containment had not been put in place on March 16? The question is simple, and the answer provided by three researchers from the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP), in Rennes, is cold in the back: without confinement, they estimate, there would have been at least 60,000 deaths more in France on April 19. 60,000 lives saved in a month. A figure that can only grow with the continued containment.

Beyond the deaths, this emergency measure has, according to their calculations, avoided 590,000 hospitalizations and 140,000 admissions to intensive care and resuscitation services for a month. Which, distributed over time, would correspond to a need for just over 104,000 resuscitation beds; this is almost ten times more than the 10,500 beds currently mobilized at the cost of extraordinary efforts in hundreds of hospitals across the country. “These figures from modeling

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