France: Reactions After Vincent Lambert’s Death

August 21, 2019
Source: fsspx.news

Pope Francis sent a message to Vincent Lambert’s mother, according to an interview with Viviane Lambert on LifeSiteNews on July 18, 2019. This message was sent after the cessation of care, which occurred on July 3: “I had a phone call from the Pope...a message in Italian that was translated into French for me. A touching message, very personal.”

In this same interview with the North American media site, Viviane Lambert spoke about the painful circumstances of her son’s death: “we were forced to witness the crime committed on Vincent. I dare to use the word ‘crime’ to describe what took place before our helpless eyes. It was terrible for us.” She went on to say “for me he is a martyr of society.” And she announces, “I’ll fight to the end. I’m not finished yet. I’m going to rest. But I will fight against this criminal law. We must fight for France: our France does not deserve this, no. I’ll keep fighting.” And to warn: “Today it’s Vincent. But what about the others? The other 1,700 disabled people like Vincent… And after them, those with Alzheimer’s?”

In addition to a private message, the Holy Father spoke publicly on July 11, on Twitter, several hours after Vincent Lambert’s death: “Let’s not build a civilization that eliminates the people whose life we consider to no longer be worth living: every life has value, always.”

The new secretary general of the [French] episcopate and spokesman of the bishops, Fr. Thierry Magnin, said in La Croix that “confusion has been maintained by considering Vincent Lambert’s case as that of someone at the end of life. But he was not at the end of life, like many other people in said ‘vegetative state’ who are living in specialized centers that are not palliative care [centers]. The notion of the oft-quoted extraordinary treatment does not take place here, except when feeding by tube is considered to be extraordinary treatment!”

Emmanuel Hirsch, a professor of medical ethics at the Faculty of Medicine at Paris-Sud-Paris-Saclay University, considered in Le Figaro that “Vincent Lambert’s death is a failure” and “an insult to medical ethics,” which “teaches us to take into account the dignity of the person until the end of his life, without judging its quality.” He then adds, “The appeal to the court of cassation filed by the Ministry of Health is particularly shocking. It is a disturbing political act because it calls into question our principles of interdependence.”

The biggest attack in the media came from the successful writer Michel Houellebecq. In a column published in the newspaper Le Monde, he denounced “the French state” which “succeeded in doing what the greater part of his family had been desperately attempting for years: killing Vincent Lambert.”
 
Vincent Lambert, he adds, “was in no way prey to unbearable suffering, he was not suffering any pain at all. He was not even at the end of his life. He lived in a particular mental state, about which, it would be most honest to say, we know almost nothing.”

The author of Soumission considers that “Vincent Lambert died of excessive media coverage,” that, in spite of himself, he had become “a symbol”: “it was a case of the Minister of Health and the “Solidarities” making an example—to open a “breach,” to “change attitudes.”

And, not surprisingly, the current grand master of the first Masonic Obedience, the Grand Orient of France, Jean-Philippe Hubsch, expressed his “relief to finally see the end of the vegetative Calvary” of  Vincent Lambert and logically demanded “to advance our right to finally allow the free choice of the end of life, in strict respect for the value of and metaphysical ideas of each one.”

Viviane Lambert’s lawyers have filed a complaint for attempted murder of a vulnerable person. It will be reviewed by the French court on November 26, 2019