Saturday, March 26, 2005

Holy Saturday Deathwatch - Day 7

Last Saturday I wrote a post called Day Two Death Watch for Terri Shiavo. It began:
Today is day two in the judicially ordered murder of Terri Schiavo in Florida. Barring an extra-ordinary development she will die of thirst and starvation in a nation which prides itself on its commitment to human rights. That extra-ordinary development may, in fact, be about to happen.
The development was the extraordinary bipartisan action of the United States Congress and President Bush in passing a law over that weekend that required the federal judiciary in the US federal courts to review the matter, thereby circumventing probate judge George "Sweeny Todd" Greer of the Florida state court. My post ended with this comment. As we know this route has proven to be a literal dead end.
It appears there is still hope that the advocates of the culture of death will be successfully opposed and Terri Schiavo's life will be saved.
As a Catholic I recognize hope as one of the three great virtues of faith hope and charity. I should have taken note, however, that St. Paul was speaking of hope in God and not in a judicial system based on positive (man made) law. I underestimated how deeply the culture of death has taken root.

It is now day seven of the deathwatch and Terri Shiavo continues to die of thirst, as ordered by Judge Greer and as supported by his judicial colleagues.

It would take Edger Allen Poe to fully describe how she must be suffering. It would take St. Thomas Aquinas to fully address why this is wrong. It only takes a child to understand that it is wrong.


At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 18


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