“The sound of splintering wood and shattering glass filled the house.  Mother and father stood in the center of the room, a picture of fearlessness.  But their little daughter, who stood beneath the shelter of her mother’s arm, could not suppress the tremors running through her body.

Three policemen stepped quickly through the remnants of the front door.  Their bulging black helmets and reflective sunglasses made them look like malevolent insects. Simultaneously, the family stepped back and ineffectively tried to hide and old man.  His eyes were unbelievably blue and filled with tears.

One of the policemen cried out, “You have nothing to fear.  We’ve simply come to take your grandfather to the Hospital for Self-deliverance and Retirement…”

Things to come

Is this the shape of things to come?  Yes, says Dr. Jack Mullooly.  If health care professional – those Christian and those of good will – fail to “point out the errors of the euthanasia movement,” the Milwaukee internist fears that “we’ll sink into a new dark age.”

In that terrible time, Dr. Mullooly warns, “only the healthy will survive, and those with any sign of infirmity will be dispatched as those were dispatched a generation ago in Nazi Germany.”

The editor of The Linacre Quarterly, official publication of the National (U.S.) Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Guilds, was in Toronto February 19 to address the annual dinner of the Toronto Catholic Doctors’ Guild.

Founder 12 years ago, the Guild grew out of the insight of the late Archbishop Pocock that doctors and dentists should pool their ideas concerning the critical issues of human life.

Today, an increasing number of doctors and their patients accept that killing the aged and the terminally ill is a valid medical treatment. That is euthanasia.

As the legal barriers to this acceptance crumble, “a veritable cataract of killing” will sweep across western civilization, Dr. Mullooly predicts.

No one will be safe.  Once a doctor is given so total a power over another human being, he explains exceptions will become rules and distinctions will disappear.

“Active euthanasia voluntarily given by a patient will soon lead to involuntary euthanasia and eventually euthanasia on demand,” he says.

In Holland, the curtain has risen on a grim future.  “Experts estimate the [in Holland] the number killed by involuntary euthanasia to be somewhere between 6,000 and 20,000 persons,” Dr. Mullooly reports.  Already, many senior citizens are frightened to enter hospital for fear they will be victims of “abortion for the elderly.”

Dr. Mullooly’s parting words exhorted the medical profession not to kill, but to heal and to help humanity, “save itself from its own self-destruction tendencies by pointing out the errors and fallacies of the active euthanasia movement.”