A priest in the parish of Liempde in North Brabant refused to conduct the funeral of a man who had chosen euthanasia, news agency ANP reports.
Norbert van der Sluis said he was following the advice of bishops that people who choose euthanasia have no right to a church funeral.
‘Nor will my conscience allow me to have a colleague conduct the funeral in my church,’ he told ANP.
The church council is so concerned at the refusal it has stopped a campaign for the repair of the church organ and is demanding an apology from Van der Sluis.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl.
We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.Make a donation