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Belgian deacon charged with multiple 'compassion' killings

June 09, 2014

A Belgian Catholic deacon has been arrested and charged with causing the deaths of 40 or more patients at a hospital where he worked as a nurse.

Deacon Ipo Poppe reportedly kept records of patients at Sacre-Coeur hospital whom he has smothered or given lethal drugs. A lawyer representing the cleric said that the deacon had acted out of compassion when he felt the patients’ suffering was excessive.

Although euthanasia is legal in Belgium, Poppe faces charges because there is no evidence that his patients gave their consent to his actions. He is now being examined by psychiatrists to assess his mental condition.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 09, 2014 12:38 PM ET USA

    Marvelous! Just what we need, one of our own clergy collaborating in the slaughter! And his excuse for murder? Why "compassion", of course. How many innocent human beings, do you suppose, have been killed by the complete misunderstanding of this virtue among men today?