The Culture of Death

I’m sure you all remember Alfie Evans. I’ve blogged about him here, here, and here. Many others have as well, including Ace, Where he led yesterday’s Morning Report, The Federalist, and Commentary, all yesterday. That’s pretty broad spectrum of American conservatism and a huge readership. It is very much like the story of Charlie Gard, which we also covered.

Monday night the Alder Hay hospital disconnected Alfie’s feeding tube and respirator, fully expecting him to die at their hand, against the wishes of his parents, the Pope, and a hospital in Italy that was willing to continue his treatment, after Italy granted him citizenship, and has a military medical aircraft standing by. All to no avail, so far. The cultists of death in the NHS and the British courts conspired, so far unavailingly to kill him. I note that capital punishment and euthanasia are both illegal in the UK, except of course for the Stalinist NHS.

Yesterday afternoon, my dear friend, and the blogs, Kathleen, blogged on it at Catholicism Pure and Simple. I commented with this:

As you know, we are majority pro-life, and Charlie Gard raised a stink here, amongst us. If the NHS continues its plan to execute this baby, I think there is likely to be a fair amount of blowback. Abortion is bad enough, this is a travesty, and never have I heard such disparagement of Britain as I have in the last day or so. Not a good look for a country that is our friend, not just an ally. Looks really bad when your sick kids end up as Italian citizens or with American green cards, simply to try to save their lives, and futilely, because of your government’s inability to treat people fairly.

Personally, I go from incoherent rage to profound sorrow, and back again. But I’m old, I guess. I expect better from Britain. What a cretinous action.

Kathleen replied:

What is happening to the U.K. (rather its leaders and laws more than its general population that is coming out in greater force now) that they can refuse the parents of little Alfie the right to take their beloved son to Italy to prolong his life? It is sickening, shameful, and I would even add, EVIL! It is another sign of the growing ideology of the Culture of Death in our country.

I know the prognosis of Alfie’s condition is practically without hope, and even the Italian medics admitted that…. but even if it is only the smallest and faintest of glimmers of hope that he could ever possibly recover, should he not be given it? Don’t the parents have the right to cling to this hope?

I completely agree with her. She added in a postscript that another commenter, themselves in the Liverpool area, where this macabre dance of death is taking place had been following the story as well, and that they had provided two very good links. They are, and here they are:

The Torch of the Faith, linked above has the best coverage of this situation that I have seen.

The last I read on Tuesday evening, Alfie was managing to breathe on his own and had gotten at least some water, over a period of 24 hours, which astounded the dark gods of the NHS. Of course, they never considered that perhaps they were simply wrong. The parents have provisional permission to at least take Alfie home, to die, the murderous court thinks. I think God may have other plans. Time will tell. God doesn’t tell us ahead of time.

I think only once before have I asked you to pray with me, as I’m going to today. That was after my dearest friend Jessica had received last rites from her church, in her suffering with brain cancer. Three days later she was free of cancer. It can happen and sometimes does. So once again, let us pray.

O FATHER of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need; We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and relieve thy sick servant, Alfie, for whom our prayers are desired. Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him with a sense of thy goodness; preserve him from the temptations of the enemy; and give him patience under his affliction. In thy good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory; and grant that finally he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer.


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12 Responses to The Culture of Death

  1. bydesign001 says:

    From Charlie Gard to Alfie Evans and those are just the two that we have heard about. The ruling elites are nothing short of evil. If it were their flesh and blood, they would do everything humanly possible maybe even pray. Yet they play God with the lives of those they deem mere peasants. Indeed, these people are evil, the lowest of the low.

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    • NEO says:

      I completely agree. I read this morning that the judge is an anti-Christian LGBT activist as well. Well, not much surprise there, really.


      • NEO says:

        Good on the Italian Embassy. I hope they do.


  2. the unit says:

    The greed of socialism far exceeds the greed of captalism. You’d think all the money saved thru abortion (well, forgetting some of the aborted might have created wealth) would be available to help a born baby in need. But no, a penny saved is a penny more to be wasted on some defunck f-er!
    Forgive my old world explicit not at all so much “tongue in cheek” , but seriously meaning expressive exclamation. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      None needed. 🙂

      The greed of capitalism is that it employs people, usually at fair wages to make more, and so increases wealth. The greed of Socialism is simply for power over others, and always kills some proportion.

      One is good, the other evil.

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      • the unit says:

        OMG! Humanly speaking, there’s really no “new normal”.
        Cain: Look Abel, a squirrel!
        CNN: Calls to Abel remain unanswered. Stay tuned for Breaking News on this story.

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        • NEO says:

          Yes, indeed. All the news that isn’t the news.

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  4. the unit says:

    I forget exactly what time this morning I read here and recited the “Common Prayer” in my mind, heart, and soul. But I did.
    If it doesn’t go like we think proper, I think Alfie “will dwell with Thee in life everlasting”.
    Last update I see, he still living.
    I guess I can just say… Father Thy Will be done.

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    • NEO says:

      That’s what we are all doing, it’s about all we can. It’s not enough, but God works through us all. I just got off Twitter, it took a quadruple scotch for the red haze and shakes to go down enough to cry a bit.

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      • the unit says:

        Careful now for me, not to be misinterperted. No way I’m saying a baby can be thought to be unrighteous. Another question though about righteous suffering along with and because of the unrigheous and…why?
        The why? Well, like you said “God works through us all”. If we don’t suffer, we won’t really care about stopping or saving whatever or whoever.
        Maybe that’s why God allowed quadruples and scotch to be invented. You know, to hold us over ’til then. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, we are all tested, and how we react to the test matters, a lot. How we get through the night, not so much. I hope. 🙂

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