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March 22, 2005

Vatican paper criticizes ruling in brain-damaged woman's case

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

- AP Wire
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican pressed its campaign to keep Terri Schiavo alive Tuesday, saying that pulling the plug on the brain-damaged Florida woman amounted to capital punishment for someone who has committed no crimes.

In a front-page editorial, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano criticized a U.S. federal judge's refusal to order the reinsertion of Schiavo's feeding tube.

"She has no possibility of being 'restored' to a 'normal' life. Therefore Terri Schiavo must die," the editorial began. "This is ... the absurd and terrifying reason" for the judge's decision, it added.

U.S. District Judge James Whittemore said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments that Schiavo's rights had been violated.

The decision came after feverish action by President Bush and Congress on legislation allowing the brain-damaged woman's contentious case to be reviewed by federal courts.


A top Vatican official, Monsignor Elio Sgreccia, also criticized the ruling, saying it legitimized a "cruel" death by hunger and thirst for Schiavo. Sgreccia, who heads the Pontifical Academy for Life, told Vatican Radio that he hoped the ruling wouldn't be repeated in other cases.

"It's not euthanasia in the literal sense of the word," Sgreccia said. "It's not a good death, it's a death provoked by a cruel act. It's not a medical act," Sgreccia said.

"I confirm the moral judgment doesn't change, because it remains an illicit and serious act - even more serious since it appears the decision over who lives and who dies has become a question for a court," Sgreccia said.

In its editorial, L'Osservatore Romano said Whittemore had condemned Schiavo to an "atrocious death: death from hunger and thirst."

"After all, Terri's destiny appears not unlike that of many men and women who in the United States get capital punishment for their crimes," said the paper.

"But Terri has committed no crimes, if not that of being 'useless' to the eyes of a society incapable of appreciating and defending the gift of life. Of any life," said the paper.

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Cross posted at BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 22, 2005 6:45 PM

The next time you are seeking medical care, be sure to call the Holy See. They'll tell the doctors what to do, and not do, to your body.

Posted by: JJB at March 22, 2005 7:35 PM

Wow JJB that is a rather stupid comment to make. The Holy See has every right to make a comment on this case because the decision that has been made by Greer goes beyond what is legally and morally right.

Terri is not brain dead. She has endured years of abuse at the hands of her not so loving husband and everyone seems to be against her being allowed to live. This man is attempting to murder his wife through legal sanction and then has the hide to claim that this is an emotional time for him.

I have seen the interviews with him and there is not one single tear or even a sign of true emotion with regards to his wife. What I saw was an emotional attempt at political grandstanding as he spewed forth the lies of the euthanasia camp.

Posted by: Maggie4life at March 22, 2005 8:39 PM

Can't the Catholic ex-communicate him if he is Catholic.

Posted by: Ellen Prouty at March 22, 2005 11:36 PM

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