Catholic officials in Canada are being challenged to hold the line on their belief against euthanasia.
Euthanasia became legal in June of 2016 in the Great White North, and since then, academic activist Jocelyn Downie has pressured St. Martha's hospital in Antigonish, Nova Scotia to allow the killing of terminal patients. Now, the Catholic hospital has caved and is permitting the practice.
"The facts are that the Catholic hospital, the sisters, had turned it over to the province in 1996, but the agreement they made with the province is that the Catholic hospital would continue to have its Catholic identity and its Catholic values, including that it wouldn't do things like euthanasia, abortion, etcetera," explains Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
So in imposing euthanasia, the province has broken the pact. And Schadenberg says overcoming the one faith-based hospital is only part of the euthanasia campaign.
"The goal of the euthanasia lobby was to try and challenge St. Martha's and then impose that same agreement on other Catholic hospitals of Canada," he reports. "So it's their goal to actually destroy Catholic healthcare. That's the goal of the euthanasia lobby."
His hope, though, is that bishops will stand strong and fend off the increasingly liberal and secular government of Canada.