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March 28, 2005

Ever growing ripples

The Associated Press reports that Terri Schiavo's adulterous husband, who is having her tortured to death, allowed her priest to give Terri communion yesterday. But because Terri's mouth was so dry, she was unable to received half of the sacrament. The Ass. Press as well as other news agencies consider this “receiving communion” but when half the ritual is unable to be performed because the victim is in the process of being tortured to death, I find it hard to see how that can legitimately be considered Communion. Of course I'm not Roman Catholic, so I don't know all of what they consider communion, but I do know that the Bible no where describes it as just the cup of the vine without the bread.

Cardinal William Keeler, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities said Thursday:

“Terri Schiavo remains at the center of a dispute as our nation's citizens follow the news with growing horror. Now this severely disabled woman is dying slowly from being denied food and water. Since her feeding tube was removed on March 18, her parents reportedly are not even allowed to wet her parched lips. 

“As the Catholic bishops of Florida recently said, Terri Schindler Schiavo is a 'defenseless human being with inherent dignity' who deserves care and respect. Her serious disabilities make her no less a child of God. She deserves no less than human care and the respect due every human being. She is not in a coma, she is not on 'life support.'

“She needs only basic care and assistance in obtaining food and water. When her feeding tube was removed last week it ensured that death will follow, for none of us can sustain our lives without such nourishment. ...

“God will call Terri Schiavo to Himself when it is her time to die. It is not for us to determine when that time is.”

 It also seems that the repercussions of the American government's decision to allow the barbarous execution of Terri Schiavo is having an effect world-wide. In his Easter sermon, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, leader of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales, warned of the dangers facing England and the world.

The terrible truth is that it is the strong who decide the fate of the weak; human beings therefore become instruments in the hands of other human beings.

That way lies eugenics, and we know from German history where that leads. We are already on that road, for what else is the termination of six million lives in the womb since the Abortion Act was introduced, and embryo selection of the basis of gender and genes?

I am glad I spoke out, for a nerve was touched, and it gave the chance for many, many people - the majority, according to a number of recent opinion polls - to express their unease at the thousands of abortions that take place each year in our country.

That unease can come from only one place: a deep seated intuition that lives considered worthless are, in fact, lives created by God.

While it sounds like this may only be a Catholic issue, voices are being raised in many other areas. Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Democratic U.S. senator from Connecticut, Joseph Lieberman, who is a practicing Jew, said on Tim Russert's “Meet the Press”

I have been saying this in speeches to students about why getting involved in government is so important. I always say the law is where we define the beginning of life and the end of life, and that's exactly what was going on here, and I think as a matter of law, if you go - particularly to the 14th Amendment, [you] can't be denied due process, have your life or liberty taken without due process of law, that though the Congress' involvement here was awkward, unconventional, it was justified to give this woman, more than her parents or husband, the opportunity for one more chance before her life was terminated by an act which was sanctioned by a court, by the state.

These are very difficult decisions, but - of course, if you ask me what I would do if I was the Florida Legislature or any state legislature, I'd say that if somebody doesn't have a living will and the next of kin disagree on whether the person should be kept alive or that is whether food and water should be taken away and her life ended - that really the benefit of the doubt ought to be given to life.

The family member who wants to sustain her life ought to have that right because the judge really doesn't know, though he heard the facts, one judge, what Terri Schiavo wanted. He made a best guess based on the evidence before him. That's not enough when you're talking about aggressively removing food and water to end someone's life.

Echoing Leiberman's sentiments are Rabbi Yehuda Levin and the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada. Rabbi Levin issued the following statement on behalf of the Rabbis:

"We urge President George Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to take immediate, decisive action to save the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo. We appreciate the pro-life statements of President Bush and Governor Bush. Yet, their efforts have thus far not been successful. We therefore urge the President and Governor Bush to take immediate and decisive action - either jointly or separately - to save the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo before it is too late.

"When evil becomes 'legally' sanctioned by government, it rises to a higher order of evil - that of Sodom. Legality does not dictate morality. The Almighty dictates morality.

"America is being tested. Will we pass or will we fail?

"Perhaps some feel that everything that could be done has been done. But our holy Torah, the Word of G-d, says otherwise: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' We all know the answer."

Perhaps as NewsMax reports, we are much further down  the slippery slope to the next Holocaust than we realize:

Shortly after World War II, a U.S. congressional committee investigated the Nazi Holocaust and found that starvation was the main instrument of torture in the concentration camps.

The Committee notes the prisoners' daily diet "consisted generally of about one-half of a pound of black bread per day and a bowl of watery soup for noon and night, and not always that."

The report continued: "Notwithstanding the deliberate starvation program inflicted upon these prisoners by lack of adequate food, we found no evidence that the people of Germany as a whole were suffering from any lack of sufficient food or clothing. The contrast was so striking that the only conclusion which we could reach was that the starvation of the inmates of these camps was deliberate."

The article also note that the Geneva Convention lists starvation as a War Crime and Amnesty International has long cited starvation as inhumane. Numerous other Liberal organizations were listed that have in the past bemoaned the inhumanity of starvation, all of which seem to be in agreement with the MSM's contention that starvation is a “pleasant” way to die.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 28, 2005 08:33 AM

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Regarding the "half" communion, Catholics believe that the whole of Christ's body and blood subsists in both species, so a drop of wine (well, blood that used to be wine) is the same as a whole paten full of hosts. It's not very common to take only the cup, but it's still a complete Eucharist.

Posted by: Joel at March 28, 2005 12:54 PM

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