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April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II Has Died - Updated

Topics: Faith

AP - Pope John Paul II, the Polish pontiff who led the Roman Catholic Church for more than a quarter century and became history's most-traveled pope, has died at 84, the Vatican announced in an e-mail Saturday.

Years ago Pope John Paul II wrote,

"... the administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act. Its use, furthermore, should be considered, in principle, ordinary and proportionate, and as such morally obligatory, insofar as and until it is seen to have attained its proper finality, which in the present case consists in providing nourishment to the patient and alleviation of his suffering"

More recently, the Vatican released a statement which made clear the starvation of Terri Schiavo would be a ruthless way to kill a person. "It is euthanasia," Javier Lozano, of the Pontiff's Council for Health, told CNN. [CNN, March 23, 2005]  Cardinal Martino, speaking "according to the teaching of the Pope", did not mintz words:

"When you deprive somebody of food and water, what else is it? Nothing else but murder."

Some have drawn parallels between the Pope's failing condition and the plight of Terri Schiavo.  "John Paul suffered from Parkinson's disease, while Schiavo was in a vegetative state. But both call us to a respect for life," a priest told the Daily Herald. The Pope's condition worsened on the same day that Terri Schiavo died, the result of 13 days without a feeding tube. It was the same day that the Pope was given his own feeding tube. [Jeff Crouere]

However, the contrasts are far more striking. While the Pope lived and died consistent with his public advocacy for the dignity of all human life, Marry Kenny (Times Online) writes, "The case of Terri Schiavo, whose life has just been ended in Florida, is, by contrast, an example of a death without dignity. She died because she was starved and parched to death by her husband's decision, backed by a legal decision."

Certainly the difficult events of this week are a call "to people of good will to defend the fundamental right to life, in respect of the dignity of every human person."

MichNews has more:  Terri Schiavo: A Case of Judicial Homicide

Source - BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at April 2, 2005 7:51 PM

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