During the agony in the U.K. over precious sick baby Charlie Gard, I kept thinking of the soup nazi on the TV comedy Seinfeld. Only the fight wasn't an on-going joke over a bowl of soup, but a real-life struggle over the life of a child and the parental rights of his mom and dad.
You can tell a lot about the philosophy of a person by the decisions he makes. There isn't much online about Nicholas Francis, the presiding high court judge who ruled over the Charlie Gard case. But he clearly has little regard for the Catholic teaching that parents are the primary decision makers over their children. Francis ruled in favor of the hospital's death wish every time the parents appeared in court.
No life for you!
You raised the money to cover it? -- too bad, Charlie. "No life for you!"
No rights for Charlie's parents to seek treatment elsewhere when Great Ormond Street Hospital refused it. "No life for you!"
No right for the parents to take Charlie home to die.
No! No! No! NO LIFE FOR YOU!
|Solomon knew the real mother by her sacrificial love.
Had Francis faced the two mothers, he would likely have ordered the infant divided by the sword.
Like doctors and judges in the Third Reich who deliberately murdered the unfit, he apparently saw Charlie as nothing but a rotten carrot in the primordial soup -- a mistake of nature that had to be corrected by elimination.
But, like those same Nazi doctors, Francis cloaked his evil decision in the garments of compassion. Charlie had a right to "death with dignity." After all, his life wasn't worth living. So...we'll kill you with our compassion. NO LIFE FOR YOU!
Judge Nicholas Francis and the doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital put faces on the culture of death. We've seen those faces before on every tyrant who demanded the murder of an innocent human being. We saw them on the faces of doctors and judges who ordered forced sterilizations of the unfit in Nazi Germany and gassed the retarded and mentally ill. We've seen them on the faces of doctors and judges who ordered and enabled the deaths of Terri Schiavo, Hugh Finn, and so many other rotten "vegetables" in the primordial soup. Their number is legion and they are making these same decisions every day -- usually in the dark since most of these murders by dehydration, starvation, or major organ donation never come into the light and are committed "legally."
"No soup for you!" was a joke. "No life for you!" is the gruesome reality of the culture of death!
Thank God for the love of Charlie's parents. Their battle for their beloved little boy stripped the mask off evil even briefly. Perhaps a few more concerned souls will wake up to the grim reality we face and will start fighting back.
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!