March 26, 2005

Sense From an Unlikely Quarter

When I head over to World Net Daily, I usually do so for a chuckle, to get the latest entertaining alarmism from the far right. So you can imagine my surprise when I found an incredibly sensible and humane editorial on Terry Schiavo's condition, whose title asks whether all the judges in the case are killers:

...Has anyone in the Vatican or in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops contended that if Terri Schiavo dies as a result of the removal of her feeding tube for the third time she will really be damned?

How could such damnation be the will of a God of perfect love, who commands us to forgive our worst enemies whether or not they repent?

... From numerous reports and commentaries particularly from the right-to-life-run-wild there comes insinuations as well as accusations that Judges Greer and Whittemore, and two of the three judges of the appellate court in Atlanta as well as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, are all killers.

This I cannot believe.

What seems apparent on the part of these medical specialists and judges is what can reasonably be called a merciful release from 15 years of virtual vegetation. ...

Wonders will never cease.

Posted by natasha at March 26, 2005 12:28 AM | Human Rights | Technorati links |

Yes, she is in a bad way, and so are many others.

My problem with all of this remains the same, her heart does beat without a machine and she breaths without a respirator, her body is warm and she fights infection as she metabolizes nutrients, ergo, she lives brain damaged and not brain dead.

As I have said before, no ambulance driver who might find her at the side of the road would declare her dead.

This is the conundrum and it is not me who determines life or death, and I cannot abide by any action that would precipitate her death. I look to my Church and the Vatican for help to reconcile this situation and my position is clear.

I must also say that were I to be a President or Governor at this stage when the intent of the Congress and the President and the Governor is to preseve this life, and these results in the courts had occured, as people step forward to bring her water to be arrested I would have to do the same, otherwise I might be truly guilty of demagogary!

This is the depth of my conviction, I shall not be moved.

Posted by: Stewart Resmer at March 26, 2005 04:58 AM

Her cerebral cortex has turned to liquid. She has no higher brain function. She doesn't respond, other than by reflex, to outside stimulus. She will never recover. There is not a single neurologist that has actually examined her that disagrees.

Terri Schiavo is dead. She will never again laugh, love, work, play, or communicate. That it's possible to keep her zombie corpse animated by means of a tube stuck down her throat is not an indicator that doing so is actually proper.

Posted by: Zed Pobre at March 26, 2005 07:29 AM

As a lapsed Catholic, but still a believer in God and Christ, I prayed over all of this and the one thing that stuck out to me was, when I pondered how Jesus would respond to all of this, was I could hear him asking why we are all so concerned about the physical being? I honestly can see and hear Him asking that question. Yes, life is a gift, just as this beautiful planet is a gift and both gifts should be cherished, but THIS life is not the point. Just one of the many thoughts I've had this week.

Posted by: Babba at March 26, 2005 08:24 AM

I thought Neal Boortz's editorial piece was excellent. Might want to read his site his comments.

Posted by: GC at March 26, 2005 11:07 AM