BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan 7 ( – The Socialist Belgian government, which ended the 40-year rule of the Christian Democrats last year, has introduced a bill to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in the predominantly Catholic country. A Reuters report distributed by Pro-Life Info Net December 23 indicates that “the bill would legalize assisted suicide for adults with an incurable illness causing them unbearable and constant suffering and who are of sound mind and have clearly asked to die. Euthanasia would also be legalized for anyone in a coma with no prospect of recovering consciousness and who had requested, before two witnesses, to have their life ended in such circumstances within the previous five years.”

In related news, Catholic World News reported today that the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano criticized a new Belgian government policy, which allows for legal registration of non-marital unions. The paper called the policy which recognizes homosexual unions “dangerous and perverse” and a “concession to deviancy.”

See the Catholic World News report.