Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Anglican Nun-Run Hospice Arranges Prostitute for Disabled Man

I heard this weird news from Class 95 in the morning on the drive to work. A man with muscular dystrophy at a hospice run by nuns requested to get laid and had his request granted. I wrongly heard that it was a nun there who decided to let the man have sex with her.

I doubt the people behind Singapore's Make A Wish Foundation would ever grant such a wish to a terminally-ill patient.

The actual news was about a man suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy at a British hospice requesting to have sex with a prostitute.

And his request was granted. It's a controversy because the hospice is run by Anglican nuns.
LifeSite, 29th January, 2007
“It’s not our job to make moral decisions for our guests” says nun
By Peter J. Smith

OXFORD, United Kingdom, January 29, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A British hospice for the disabled run by an Anglican nun had arranged for a disabled man to have sex with a prostitute as part of its works of mercy.

According to the UK’s The Daily Telegraph, the Douglas hospice in Oxford actively cooperated to find a prostitute or “sex worker” for 22-year-old Nick Wallis, a patient suffering Duchenne muscular dystrophy, after the young man asked the staff for help in finding sexual intercourse.

Wallis told the Telegraph that he had wanted to hire a prostitute for sex for two years since he despaired of having “an intimate and loving relationship with a woman” on account of his disability.

"I had hoped to form a relationship when I went to university, but it didn't happen,” Wallis told the Telegraph. “I had to recognise that if was to experience sex I would have to pay for it out of my savings. My mind was made up before I discussed it with anyone else."

The Douglas House hospice staff - departing from Christian principles teaching that sexual intercourse is an expression of married love between a man and a woman - then sought out the advice of attorneys, the clergy, and health care professionals with the full knowledge of its foundress, Anglican Sister Frances Dominica, in order to accomplish his goal.

With the support and cooperation of both hospice staff and his parents, Wallis related to the Telegraph that a “very pleasant and very understanding” prostitute visited his home in Northhampton for an experience he admitted “was not emotionally fulfilling”.

Unfortunately, Sister Frances, foundress of Douglas House and its associated hospice for children, Helen House, sees no contradiction in her presumed Christian principles and abetting a practice long regarded in Christian civilization as degrading the sacred dignity of women and a social scourge.

"I know that some people will say 'You are a Christian foundation. What are you thinking about?' But we are here for all faiths and none," said Sister Frances.

"It is not our job to make moral decisions for our guests. We came to the conclusion that it was our duty of care to support Nick emotionally and to help ensure his physical safety."

However, Sr. Frances’ statements to the Telegraph are seen by orthodox, believing Christians as a non-concern for Wallis’ or any disabled person’s spiritual well-being. The tradition is that since prostitution is a serious offense against Christian teaching and against natural law cause and effect principles, it could not be of any real benefit to anyone and would actually be harmful.

Nick Wallis’ story is now part of a BBC documentary series about life inside Douglas House and its hospice for children, Helen House, and can be seen on The Children of Helen House, BBC2, 10pm Tuesday.


Blogger 老星洲 said...

Ah Mohs are hilarious.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 2:46:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger 老星洲 said...

Asian cultures won't accept this.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 2:47:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger goodshithappens said...

what the hell?

that's ridiculous.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 5:09:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger juz_A_ga| said...

wow. it wasn't wrong i guess since prostitution is legal. and since he was dying, they prob thought: no harm done as long as the woman they called was willing.

PS: I'm sorry to ask u here but have u written anything abt reflective car plates? I tried writing to the Today forum but it wasn't picked up. I really think it is something that speedsters do to avoid the camera flash. my BF rides and I really hope, if they are dangerous, they be completely eradicated. or by any chance do u know wat number to call if i see them? i see such plates everyday. so sorry to waste ur space. thanks.

Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 8:56:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

To Lao Xing Zhou: You're right. In an Asian Anglican hospice, such a request probably would not be granted.

To Goodshithappens: Ridiculous stuff does happen all over the world, doesn't it?

To Juz_a_gal: It may not be wrong. But it certainly is controversial. A prositite gets paid for a man to have sex with her. The willingness part is a non-issue. I haven't written anything about reflective car plates. I didn't know that such car plates can help speedsters to avoid getting caught. Thank you for bringing it to my attention :)

Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 4:34:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger See Fei said...

interesting.... it is part of western culture that sex is an important part of life and westerners are more open about sex than us.

Friday, February 2, 2007 at 1:17:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger JOEPSC said...

Helping a patient's emotional needs at some spiritual costs?

Friday, February 2, 2007 at 2:31:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mickell said...

See Fei: Right you are, ang mohs have always been more open about sex than us.

To Joepsc: The hospice nuns are non-judgemental when arranging the prostitue for the sick man.

Friday, February 2, 2007 at 3:28:00 PM GMT+8  

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