Priest refuses to conduct funeral

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.

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