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Dutch church denying religious burial for the euthanised

A Dutch church spokesman confirmed a bishop's remarks that the Catholic Church cannot give religious burials to people who planned to be euthanised.

Micheil Savelsbergh, spokesman for 's-Hertogenbosch Diocese, also said the Dutch bishops were completing pastoral guidelines for priests who deal with such cases.

In an interview with Catholic News Service, Savelsbergh said church funerals could be given to people who already had died from euthanasia, but not for patients whose deaths still were being planned that way.